Bring Me the Horizon came back the U.S. for their second tour run this year (a real treat for fans of the England based rock band) with “The Second Base Tour”. They took a stop at The Metropolitan Opera House in Philadelphia, PA recently and I knew I had to catch them again. I went to their “First Love World Tour” back in January of this year, and I would like to give a big shout out to the band for really upping the experience for this tour. Bring Me the Horizon are notorious in my mind for always being a band that brings something fresh and new with each tour, so it was no surprise that I was even more blown away this time around.
On the last tour, BMTH featured a catwalk extending from the stage in most locations, and some fancy lighting rigs from the ceiling that moved and rotated. In addition, they featured fabulous lighting and the big unicursal hexagram symbol they’ve been using for this album cycle. For “The Second Base Tour”, however, the band removed all of this. Replacing the hexagram was a giant screen for colorful visuals related to the tracks, a multilevel setup, fire, smoke, and backup dancers. YES YOU HEARD ME CORRECTLY: BACKUP DANCERS. Had you told me 5 years ago that BMTH would have backup dancers, I would’ve been in disbelief. However, the band have worked so hard and have built up such a name for themselves that I had such a sense of pride seeing this element added to their show. Throughout the night the band performed tracks such as “Mother Tongue”, “Shadow Moses”, and “Sugar Honey Ice & Tea”. The band brought their opener Scarlxrd onstage to perform “Antivist” and the entire floor of the crowd looked like one giant moving mass. Fans of the band’s older work will be happy to know that they have brought back “Diamonds Aren’t Forever” for this tour, keeping with the heavy element of their sound.
I left the show that night feeling so proud of Bring Me the Horizon for how far they’ve come since the start. I never would’ve thought I would see them here in the U.S. at a venue as large as The Met, and with some of the most killer production I’ve ever seen from their live show. The band still put on the same, passionate performance that you can always count on.
Nicole DiBenedetto is a photographer based out of New Jersey. She likes making new friends and meeting new people so catch her out in the pit and say hi!