For over 10 years, the Take Action Tour has been changing lives everywhere. By bringing together countless amazing bands, they've raised more than 2 million dollars for over 50 different non-profit organizations. This year's tour partnered with the "It Gets Better Project" (an organization that helps LGBT youth who are being bullied) and is still raising money with ticket sales and the Take Action compilation album. The tour started in Las Vegas, NV on January 11th and will end on March 1st in Los Angeles, CA.
This year, the bands playing are The Used, We Came As Romans, Crown The Empire and Mindflow. The concert on January 20th in Indianapolis, IN was easily one of the most enjoyable conerts I've ever been to. Brazilian hardcore band Mindflow successfully got the crowd hyped up. They were clearly honored to be a part of the tour and frequently mentioned how excited they were to be touring the U.S. again. With 7 world tours already in their repertoire, they were more than prepared for this tour. Bass Guitarist Ricardo Winandy was especially energetic and extremely fun to watch. Their unique sound was a very nice treat.
Next up was Crown The Empire. Everyone else seemed to be just as excited as I was that they were finally playing a show in Indiana. They included new material and older songs from their EP "Limitless". They opened with "Makeshift Chemistry" (a song from their most recent album: "The Fallout") and the setlist kept getting better from there. Vocalist Andy Leo effortlessly maintained clean vocals while bouncing around the stage and energizing the crowd at the same time. The six performers have clearly been working hard these past few years and it has paid off. They sound amazing recorded, but their live performance was even better.
Not long after Crown The Empire left to a roaring crowd, We Came As Romans took the stage. We Came As Romans also included a variety of old and new songs in their selist. The six piece had the crowd going wild for their entire 9 song set. It was lovely to hear them play "Let These Words Last Forever" and "Hope". Along with these two inspiring songs, vocalist Dave Stephens also had a fantastic little speech prepared. The message he and the rest of the group projected was to continue having hope. They also made sure to let everyone know that they're not alone. It was a set no one in the audience is going to forget any time soon.
Last was headliner The Used. Vocalist Bert McCracken walked out and instantly had control of the crowd. They played plenty of old songs and also threw in some newer songs, such as "I Come Alive". It was released over a year ago, but considering the fact that they've been making music for more than 2 years, it's relatively new. The four have had expirience on tons of world tours and played main stage at Warped Tour just last summer, so their amazing performance was no surprise. The on stage proposal during the set was a surprise though: such a lovely moment for the couple. Everyone was enjoying themselves. Whether you just enjoyed the music, crowd-surfed, moshed or maybe even participated in the wall of death, it was a great time. The lighting and fog during the show also helped set a great vibe. The concert was barely a month ago but I'm already eager to see the bands again.