Sold Out Show. Nothing beats these words when you’re seeing one of your favorite bands perform near you. With music playing an integral part of life, seeing those words renews your faith in community and the irreplaceable nature of a live rock show.
Beartooth recently played to a sold-out crowd at Rams Head Live! and broke a couple records while they were there. With openers Sleep Theory, Invent Animate, and The Plot in You, it was an amazing lineup that kept the crowd pumped up with horns in the air all night.
At Rams Head Live! on Jan. 27, the night was a full on rock show in every way, with the drums and bass shaking through the floor and making your chest pound from the very first song. Sleep Theory and Invent Animate got the crowd ready with hard hitting songs that had everyone head banging and moshing from the very start.
The Plot in You started off with the record breaking, splitting the pit and calling to get the most crowd surfers ever in the venue during their song “The One You Loved”. From my spot off to the side, I counted at least 17 people making it up across the barrier in back-to-back succession. They also made a point to get every first time crowd surfer that wanted to go across.
Headlining the night was Beartooth who opened their set with “Sunshine!” and confetti cannons. Kicking off with the high energy song, everyone in the venue was singing along and jumping as Beartooth kept the set going. The 16-song set included seven numbers from The Surface, Beartooth’s 2023 album, released via Red Bull Records.
Watch a visualizer for “Sunshine!” by Beartooth on YouTube:
At one point early in the set, Caleb noticed a fan in distress and stopped the show, making sure they were safe and that their companions were found before thanking the crowd for their patience and continuing the set. Shortly after though, fans were able to get an intimate moment was Caleb joined the crowd to sing an acoustic cover of the Killers “Mr. Brightside” and their own “Look the Other Way”. They ended their set with an emotional song, “I Was Alive”, a tribute to Caleb’s grandfather and his bandmates and friends who have been there through thick and thin.
They came back for their encore, which was fan favorites “Riptide” and “In Between” that had the crowd singing and in some cases screaming along. With everyone in the venue feeling connected in that moment, the joy of live music was palpable and everyone left Rams Head Live riding the high of the night. As I left, I heard a couple fans behind me talking, and one said “I’ve seen Beartooth live before, but nothing like that. I have no words,” which I think sums up the night perfectly, because he’s right. There are no words to describe the transcendent experience that fans had at that show, and the absolute camaraderie and solidarity of being together in that moment.