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Theory of a Deadman

Live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, March, 2011

Review by Peter Lizano

On the first night of the Avalanche Tour in Milwaukee, WI after cancelling the tour show in Chicago, TOAD, short name for Theory of a Deadman, opened for headliners - Stone Sour.  With a several groups on this tour, including, Art of Dying, Halestorm, and Skillet, TOAD had a lot to live up to, with powerful performances before them. 

The crowd was split between fans of TOAD and fans of Stone Sour. With a very sparse stage setup, the guys walked on to the stage and opened up with “So Happy,” one of their hits off of the Scars & Souveniers album.  The fans of TOAD made their presence known and were loud and partied like they were at a huge house party.

During the first part of the show, Connolly was having some guitar issues and just handed his guitar to his tech as they launched into “Hating Hollywood.”  When the song ended, they talked with the crowd trying to delay as much as they could, as well using a feed of the fans to see which side of the crowd made the most noise.  Once Connolly’s guitar issues were fixed and he was ready to go, they played the crowd favorite – “Got it Made.”

Peter Lizano
Peter Lizano

After the initial stumbles, they got into their stride and had the crowd dancing and moving to songs like, “All or Nothing,”  “Nothing Between Us,” and “Lowlife,” a new song off their soon to be released album. 

Peter Lizano
Peter Lizano

They then slowed it down playing, “Not Meant To Be,” which got the lighters out. They treated the crowd to another new song called “Bitch Came Back,” which cranked the crowd back up as they closed the show with a huge sing-along-song, “Hate My Life.”  With one song left on their set list, the audience already knew what it would be - their huge hit, “Bad Girlfriend.” 

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