Theory of a Dead Man’s Rock Resurrection Tour Invades West Texas
This past Thursday night here in El Paso, Texas at the El Paso County Coliseum, Theory of a Dead Man marked their 5th stop on their Rock Resurrection Tour which finishes on 9 December in Wichita. They’re bouncing all over the states for the next two months, check the tour dates, you do not want to miss this one, especially if you’re a fan of Top 40 Rock. Also on this evening’s card was Saint Ansonia and Skillet, so yeah, we were in store for one fantastic evening of music and fun.
Theory of a Dead Man was born in Canada in 99, the 3 original members are Tyler Connolly (Guitar), Dave Brenner (Guitar) and Dean Black on Bass. Joey Dandeneau joined in 09 on percussion. 8 releases in 11 years, most recent this year is Dinosaur, reviews are quoted saying this release has brought the band back to its hard rock sound. Hard Rock, Pop Rock and or Alternative, your choice, but if you ask me, I’d go with all the above.
Show started at 7 with Saint Asonia, now we all know who the front man is for this act, its Adam Gontier from Three Days Grace and truth be told, there were a lot of people there just to see Adam, maybe the presence of people wearing Three Days Grace T Shirts might have been a clue. The band did a couple songs then Adam was left onstage by himself, he made the announcement that he used to be in a band called Three Days Grace, of course the place goes nuts, he proceeds with Never Too Late, I Hate Everything About You and I Don’t Care, everyone swaying back and forth and singing every word. I like that, I like seeing people enjoying themselves, getting lost in the music, forgetting the troubles in this world, if nothing else, just for a moment.
Next up was Skillet, I got to be honest, I’ve heard of them, but knew nothing about them, I’ve heard their music because I listen (at times) to our local rock station KLAQ which is Top 40 Rock. I gotta tell ya, I was toughly impressed, talk about a high energy show, 11 albums in 27 years, the husband-and-wife duo, John Cooper as your front man on bass and his wife Korey on guitar was intense and captivating, these two just wouldn’t stop with their brand of in-your-face rock and roll, songs like Psycho in my Head, Hero, Feel Invincible and of course the crowd favorite, Monster had the Coliseum on its ear, as I said, I was impressed and they have a new fan and I’m probability not the only one after Thursday night.
Last but not least, your main event on this evening’s card, Theory of a Dead Man. Tyler Connolly hit the stage like a man on a mission, I love these early dates on any tour, everyone is happy and fresh, and you could see that in Tylers face, he was having fun. As well as this El Paso audience was, this makes my second time covering this band, and they never fail to deliver an outstanding show. Tunes like Bitch Came Back, Lowlife, History of Violence and of course to round off the evening’s entertainment, Bad Girlfriend. All in all, it was a blue-ribbon night of singing and dancing, provided by 3 top drawer acts, I walked out of the venue with a smile on my face knowing that these bands couldn’t have given their fans any more than they did and sometimes that’s rare, but not this particular night out here in West Texas, these guys came to play and entertain, oh yeah, we got our money’s worth. Check those tour dates, this is one you do not want to miss, take my word for it.
Story and Photography by Tim Schumann
Bitch Came Back
Not Meant to Be
History of Violence
Hate My Life