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LIVE: ESCAPE THE FATE – September 22, 2019

| 26 September 2019 | Reply

Venue: El Club

City: Detroit, MI

Date: September 22, 2019

Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (

Escape The Fate is touring behind the 10th Anniversary of their album This War Is Ours and the band stopped by El Club in Detroit, MI this past Sunday.  Without hesitation, the band tore into the music from that album and hit the audience hard with set opener “We Won’t Back Down.”  With heavy bottom end thanks to drums from lone original member Robert Ortiz and spot on vocals from Craig Mabbitt, the crowd was getting what they came for.  After “On To The Next One,” one of my personal favorites from the disc that has pop-punk sensibility woven into it, “Ashley,” cranked the audience up and got things rolling.  As this was an anniversary celebration, the band played the disc from top to bottom.  Other highlights of the disc that came across well in a live situation were the title track and another personal favorite “10 Miles Wide” that sounded perfect, even without Josh Todd’s vocals.  After wrapping up the disc portion of the show with closer “It’s Just Me,” the crowd braced itself for what was yet to come.  The encore started off with four songs off the band’s latest disc I Am Human, including “Do You Love Me,” the discs first single “Empire,” and the title track.  Closing out the set with a killer one-two punch from older material, the crowd was sent into the night with “Gorgeous Nightmare” and “One for the Money” running through their minds and across their lips.  Be sure to check out the anniversary tour if you get a chance – if you dig Escape The Fate, you will not be disappointed.

Band Lineup: Robert Ortiz (drums, percussion) – Craig Mabbitt (lead vocals) – Thomas “TJ” Bell (rhythm guitar) – Kevin “Thrasher” Gruft (lead guitar) – Erik Jensen (bass guitar)

Escape The Fate Setlist: We Won’t Back Down – On to the Next One – Ashley – Something – The Flood – Let It Go – You Are So Beautiful – This War Is Ours (The Guillotine II) – 10 Miles Wide – Harder Than You Know – It’s Just Me – Do You Love Me – Empire – I Am Human – Broken Heart – Gorgeous Nightmare – One for the Money




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ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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