Nonpoint Concert Review – 8/17/11 – Webster Theater – Hartford, CT
I saw two Nonpoint shows in three nights this week. Monday nightâ€™s show in New York City blew me away, largely due to the fact that the crowd was so incredible. I currently live on the West Coast and I love being reminded that a great crowd in Los Angeles is an altogether mediocre one on the East Coast.
Mondayâ€™s show was at Gramercy Theatre, a venue in which I have never been too fond. As usual, the floor, which is on a fairly steep incline, became slick with beer and sweat, and people were slipping and falling everywhere in the mosh pit. Itâ€™s actually pretty dangerous. This didnâ€™t deter the crowd of about 300 though, and the place went crazy throughout the set. I have seen Nonpoint so many times but never in the Big Apple. They rarely play in Manhattan because itâ€™s a hard draw for them, but as far as I could tell, the band has made serious strides in building a solid fanbase in New York City. Hopefully, theyâ€™ll be able to pull in more people next time.
New York was a great show all around. But you know what was even better? Without a doubt, the one two nights later at the Webster Theatre in Hartford, CT. This was my very first show at this venue so I was excited to knock another longtime club off my list. My first impression of the Webster was just a simple â€œWow.â€ THIS IS WHAT MUSIC CLUBS ARE SUPPOSED TO LOOK LIKE PEOPLE! Old school vibe and great acoustics without the fancy â€œamenitiesâ€ that are popping up in the new venues that have been recently built. Seriously, I donâ€™t want to get a beer from a Heineken/Amstel Light exclusive station that costs $9 and is served by a listless bartender with too much makeup and an attitude. I donâ€™t want the VIP area anywhere near the stage where the diehard fans should be standing who spent their hard earned cash on a ticket. Put the VIPs on the sides or in the back. Hard rock/metal fans are a loyal bunch lacking pretentiousness, and I believe, or at least I hope, are with me on this one.
Now… onto the show. The crowd was much larger than New York and even more enthusiastic about the show. They were chanting minutes before the band hit the stage and even in between songs. A very appreciative, enthusiastic crowd that was treated to a fantastic setlist from Nonpoint. After the show, the band immediately hit the merch table to sign autographs for everyone. It was actually surprising how quickly they got behind the table too; we could hardly believe it. They truly care and are out there doing exactly what they are supposed to in order to grow an audience and remain a force in this business.
On a side note, this was the first show in over two years that I got to attend with Andrew. It felt like a homecoming and I hope it wonâ€™t be this long until we do it again.
Check out the setlist below from the New York show. The Hartford show, which was better in my opinion, was mostly the same except Spanish 101 was not played. Instead, we heard â€œCircles,â€ â€œThe Side With The Guns,â€ and â€œEndure.â€
What A Day
In The Air Tonight (Phil Collins)
Alive and Kicking
Bullet With A Name