Pierce The Veil at the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC

I was already looking forward to this show, seeing as I haven’t had the chance to catch Pierce The Veil live since the “A Flair For The Dramatic” days (which may give away my age a bit), but walking the streets of Manhattan nearing the venue and seeing so many fans scattered across the city—in restaurant windows, subway stations, and street corners—got my excitement up to a whole new level. It was well past the time the doors opened by the time I arrived, and yet the line was still wrapped around the building and down two blocks (and growing). Getting into the venue itself, I felt a welcoming aura of fans of all ages and backgrounds—one of the best parts about attending concerts in New York City in general, but also for a band like Pierce The Veil that have so much to offer to any kind of person.

I Prevail, a band I had only heard of because of the current tour, opened the show. The band had an insane amount of energy from the second they stepped onto the stage to the second they stepped off. There were a decent amount of fans that were shouting out the lyrics right behind me, showing off the following that the band had present at the show that night. The highlight of their set was their two covers: a Taylor Swift crowd-pleaser and a Linkin Park cover that seemed a lot more familiar to the older fans in the crowd much like myself. 

Following them came the UK natives in Neck Deep. I was lucky enough to catch them at Warped Tour in 2015 while they were still on the smaller stage, but it was nice to see them playing such a large venue. Originally, I felt that their pop-punk nature would be out of place in the tour line-up, but once they started their first song and the crowd lit up, I knew I was mistaken. What made this band such a sure fit for the tour is their sea of loyal fans, something they have in common with Pierce The Veil. Nonetheless, their upbeat music and lively stage presence made for a great catalyst before the biggest set of the night.  

When Neck Deep finished their set and the stage cleared out, a giant white sheet screen dropped from the ceiling with Pierce The Veil’s logo projected onto it, leaving the fans in wild anticipation. Before the set began, a short animation—inspired by the artwork on “Misadventures”—of a spaceship flying through space played. All of a sudden, the screen “cracks” and drops down, revealing a post-apocalyptic stage display with haunting fog and low lights. The band revealed themselves one at a time by popping out of the crashed spaceship set up on stage, wearing space suits and wandering the stage aimlessly. Once the music hit, though, they were more alive and ready than ever. I applaud Pierce The Veil in their creativity and use of the stage—their opening theatrics made the entire set that much more invigorating. Of course, Vic Fuentes’ vocals will always send shivers down my spine like any other fan, but there was something so balanced about the band’s entire performance. Each member had their own energy and presence whether it was bassist Jaime Preciado jumping from the risers, Tony Perry’s electrifying guitar parts, Mike Fuentes egging on the crowd from behind the drumset, or Vic Fuentes’ serenade that everyone naturally sang along with. These guys have come very far and are musical icons within this scene, and they truly deserve the recognition. Whether the fans were singing along to hits like “Caraphernelia” or cheering and waiting for more, the energy level never dropped. If you have been holding out on seeing Pierce The Veil live or—like myself—have not seen them since the Myspace days, do yourself a favor and catch them while you can. This band has mastered the art of live performance and will truly give you a night to remember.

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Photo: Jordyn Beschel

Photo: Jordyn Beschel