The Apollo X tour with Motionless In White, the Devil Wears Prada, Upon A Burning Body, the Word Alive and the Color Morale stopped in Cleveland, Ohio at the Agora Theatre on October 24.
The night started on a very serious note. After the Color Morale’s first song, frontman Garret Rapp stopped the set and pointed to someone in the crowd who had fallen and was having a seizure. While the venue’s staff was taking care of the audience member and waiting for an ambulance, the Color Morale stepped offstage. Once everything was clear, the band came back out and played three more songs. It was obvious that the incident had shaken the crowd because no one was was really moving for the rest of the set. The audience member is doing well though according to Rapp’s Twitter.
Next was Phoenix, Arizona’s the Word Alive. Telle Smith had a camera on his microphone which recorded their whole set. The crowd was still shaken until later in the set, where they started to loosen up again. Before “Play The Victim,” Smith asked the crowd to get down on one knee with their horns up until it was time to jump. To end their set on a high note, Smith did a backflip onstage then jumped into the crowd.
Third on the bill was Sumerian Records artist Upon A Burning Body. Toward the end of the band’s set, frontman Danny Leal got the crowd really involved with asking for crowd surfers to touch his hand during “Sin City” and asked guys to pick up ladies on their shoulders during the band’s cover of “Turn Down For What.”
The Devil Wears Prada was greeted with the audience chanting “Prada” and “TDWP.” After the band played their fifth song, “Sassafras,” they played all the songs off of their Space EP which was released this past August. The band had a projector screen in the background and side panels that also projected images, and during the entire time they played the Space EP, different images such as people, bugs, water, outer space and the moon were shown. During “Asteroid,” the last song on the EP, the lyrics for the song were shown on the screen. During the quartet’s entire set it appeared that not only was it a metal show, but a light show. The last song in the Devil Wears Prada’s 16-song set was “Danger: Wildman” which caused a massive sing-along to happen in the roughly thousand-person crowd.
The headliner and last band of the night was Scranton, Pennsylvania’s Motionless In White. The band’s stage setup was all about Halloween with a haunted house backdrop, jack-o-lanterns, bass guitarist Devin “Ghost” Sola dressed as Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre, a TV showing different videos to go along with the band’s songs including people being chased, someone dressed in a giant jack-o’-lantern costume coming on and offstage and three girls coming out onstage throughout the night. One girl was in clown makeup came onstage before the band came out waving a MIW flag and getting the crowd ready, another ran out on stage, was sang to by Chris “Motionless” Cerulli then pushed away and captured by the jack-o’-lantern man and another dressed as a goth cheerleader who threw candy in the crowd, used the flog machine and sprayed water out of a water gun into the audience. Keyboardist Josh Balz was dressed in a cloak and set up on a lift surrounded by an iron gate colored black. The whole show was a production and included what appeared to be soap (to represent fake snow) falling from the ceiling during “Scissorhands (The Last Snow).” The crowd wanted more though and shouted for Motionless In White to give them one more song, which they did. The band’s encore was “Reincarnate.”
If this tour is coming to your city, I highly recommend going to it. It’s entertaining and the stage setup for the Devil Wears Prada and Motionless In White are insane. Buy ear plugs and catch the Apollo X tour before it’s over.