I went to see Devin Townsend/Gojira/Opeth Friday night.
Things started off great, DT is amazing. Man that guy can sing, his range and power is awesome. He's so charismatic too, he had me cracking up in between songs, my wife was laughing too and she could care less about any of this kind of music (she's just a good sport and doesn't mind going with me since no one I know outside of AVS has even heard of bands like Opeth).
At one point he was going off on a tangent about a woman in the front row making him chocolate chip cookies and what not, and it turned out he was just killing time because of some kind of technical difficulty but it was funny as hell - I think he could be a stand up comedian.
Later he said something like (probably not remembering the line exactly right), "you think this kid of music is hard???? It's not. You know whats hard? Taking your kids to soccer practice!!" So true....
I was thinking to myself this might be the best opening act I've ever seen and was really excited for Gojira and Opeth.
What a let down.
I don't blame the bands because I know they can play, but the sound was terrible. Talk about bass bloat/ringing. I'm guessing it was in the 80-100 hz range, it was brutal. The culprit was mainly the kick drum, but the bass guitar had the same issue. That's all I could hear... ringing/bloaty bass. Gojira had it bad, and Opeth was even worse. We ended up walking around to see if the sound could get any better in difference places in the theater but that didn't help much.
I love Opeth. They are one of my all time favorite bands (I don't like their last few albums but their first 6 are perfect IMO). The last time I saw Opeth they played NOTHING heavy but sounded amazing. It was a much smaller venue and the bass was quick/smooth and didn't cover up everything else. I actually really enjoyed that show because of how great they sounded but it would have been so much better if they played some heavy stuff.
Well, this time their second song was Ghost of Perdition and a couple songs later Demon of the Fall. I was bored. Sucks. After 5 or 6 songs, I told me wife that we could go. That's how bad the sound was. Now, I will say we never made it to the front or even the middle of the ground floor so maybe the sound was great down there, but all the places we could get to it was the same crapiness.
Oh well... the show was worth it for Devin Townsend. I've always liked him but that bumped him up a few notches in my book. So talented.