The recently revived Rockstar Energy Drink’s Taste of Chaos Festival made a stop at PNC Bank Arts Center Friday. The lineup for this show featured The Early November, Saosin, Saves the Day, Taking Back Sunday and Dashboard Confessional.
New Jersey natives The Early November started off the afternoon. It was an early start, but a decent amount of people decided to come in to hear the band and pay for $15 beers than tailgate.
Next up was Saosin. Joining them after ten years was original vocalist Anthony Green. This was the most energetic set of the day, with Green jumping around the stage, caressing his mic and chewing his fingers. He was very interactive with the crowd; calling out one fan that he said looked like Saves the Day lead singer Chris Conley. He even had a fan help sing some lyrics on their last song.
The sun started setting as Saves the Day took the stage. It was directly in the band’s face, but that didn’t seem to faze these Jersey boys. They just threw on some shades and rocked the already full PNC.
By the time Taking Back Sunday took the stage the sun was no longer an issue. I must admit these were the guys I wanted to see most on this bill. The Long Island rockers didn’t disappoint. There was a patriotic theme to their set, from the US Flag backdrop to lead singer stressing the importance in supporting our country. I wandered off to the lawn after my three-song photo limit to find it packed with twenty-something’s singing every word to every song.
Closing out the night was Dashboard Confessional. Their set, the longest of the night, was a mix of rocking full band and acoustic mini-sets. To keep the energy going post show, Rockstar handed out free samples of a variety of flavors as you exited the show.
Article: Michael DiGiovanni