The night began with light rain and bitter weather outside of the LC Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio. When I walked inside the venue, there were already three rows formed in front of the stage full of VIP ticket holders who were still in a state of awe after meeting their favorite band members just moments before. Once doors opened, boys and girls slowly but surely filled up the sold out venue in no time. The room was full of kids sporting Pierce The Veil and Sleeping with Sirens merch from wall to wall, and that was before they even hit the merch tables after the show.
Each night on the tour, the lineup switches around with both the openers and the co-headliners. In Columbus, the line up for the night kicked off with PVRIS opening the show, and they were shortly followed by Mallory Knox. After, Sleeping with Sirens took the stage by storm and the venue was full with screaming fans. SWS played a set that consisted of both old and new songs, acoustic songs and a cover of “Iris,” originally performed by the Goo Goo Dolls. All that was left for the night was a performance by Pierce The Veil. Pierce The Veil, of San Diego, CA consists of up of Vic Fuentes (singer/guitars), Mike Fuentes (drums), Tony Perry (guitars) and Jaime Preciado (bass).
The lights dimmed and the venue went dark. PTV had a sheet draped in front of their stage with a silhouette of the floating girl from the cover of their most recent release Collide With The Sky (2012). Their set officially began with flashing silhouettes of each band member behind the sheet, and the crowd started to scream. “Hell Above,” was the first to start the night, and the bar was set very high for the rest of the night. The flashing lights, shots of confetti, guitar shredding and pounding of the loud drums took over the place. PTV then transitioned to their song, “Caraphernelia,” which was featured on their album Selfish Machines. That song is always a crowd favorite, and it still seems to stand that way. The crowd went off with “Bulls in the Bronx,” per the usual and it was one of the most high energy performances of the night. One of the best things about PTV is their musicianship. It separates them from so many in this scene. For one, they can play live, and sound just as good if not better than the recording. Not only can this group play, but the guitar players can weave their fingers around their frets faster and better. The best part of the show is to just watch the guitar players shred more than just simple chords. It is amazing to watch and listen to these guys play.
The night continued by playing an older song, “Disasterology,” and then they slowed things down a bit with an emotional performance of “Hold On Till May,” and “Props & Mayhem.” Vic led a sing along to “Props & Mayhem,” leaving the crowd to finish the song. PTV kept the ball rolling with “I’m Low on Gas and You Need a Jacket.”
The last part of their set consisted of high energy packed fast paced music. “March Into Water” and “Bulletproof Love,” both went off as expected and the fan response was just as big. As this tour was a co-headliner with SWS and PTV, the night came to an end with a performance of “King for a Day,” that was a single from CWTS and had a guest feature by Kellin Quinn of SWS. The single has been certified Gold, and debuted at #12 on Billboard’s Top 200. The music video alone has racked up 40 million plus views on YouTube. Once Quinn returned to the stage fans went wild and knew exactly what was to come. Both the PTV guys and Quinn closed out the show with a bang. The confetti was shot off and the crowd was jumping up and down, singing back every single word.
There is something special about PTV — their live show. Their shows stand out significantly from others. The connection between who is on stage and who is in the crowd is unreal. Vic asks the crowd to sing along or respond back, and they do it without a second thought. It’s an amazing sight to witness and an amazing thing to be a part of. Even the on stage chemistry is a sight to see between the guys in PTV. They are a fun group to watch, and you can tell that they love doing what they do, and love to do it with those they are sharing the stage with every single night. PTV creates an experience. They create memories that will last a lifetime for their fans, and as I’m sure for themselves as well. If you have ever questioned or hesitated on whether or not to buy a PTV ticket, next time they are in your area — purchase that ticket. I promise you, you will not regret it.
At the end of the night, both SWS and PTV left the fans with everything and more that they hoped they would get out of the night — an amazing live show packed with great performances from four different groups. I didn’t see one disappointed face the entire night. Everyone that showed up for The World Tour walked in the venue with the biggest smile, and left with an even brighter and sweatier smile, with arms full of new merch.
Even though a majority of the tour was/is sold out, check out the remaining dates below that are still left for the PTV/SWS World. For more information, visit the World Tour website.