REVIEW – Hollywood Undead – KOKO London


Last night, Tony was at the Hollywood Undead show in London, and here are some words that he had to say about the night.

Firstly, I attended this gig with low expectations and some preconceptions. That’s not to say I thought the show was going to be bad, I just thought it wouldn’t be as good as I would like it to be.

Hollywood Undead kicked the night off with the atmospheric ‘Whatever It Takes’ which pumped up the crowd and set the tone for the evening. Immediately I realised my expectations and preconceptions were completely wrong. Everyone was instantly singing along and you could feel the anticipation from the audience to see what was going to come next. The band went straight in to ‘Undead’ – another song about proving the “haters” wrong and telling the world that the band so deserve to be where they are.

I moved around the venue a bit during the show and the whole place was rocking. One thing I love about Koko is the freedom to move between levels whenever you want, so whether you want to view the band from above on a balcony, stand at the back by the bar or get beaten in the most pits, the choice is entirely yours.

Crowd interaction was kept to the perfect amount. The band didn’t overdo it, with little bits of chat and banter between some songs, a bit during songs, but one of the highlights was bringing a fan up on stage to play guitar during the song ‘Comin’ In Hot’ – a fan favourite (Tom absolutely killed it on guitar by the way). At one point there was even a fan proposal on stage (I think she said yes!).

We were treated to a cover of Johnny Cash’s ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ and an interesting version of ‘Another Way Out’ which included Bon Jovi’s ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’ as an intro and a snippet of Rammstein’s ‘Du Hast’ during the last chorus. The setlist included classics like ‘Bullet’ and ‘Party By Myself’ and was overall a good mix of Hollywood Undead’s back catalogue. There was a short interval before a two song encore, with the band playing two anthems of theirs – ‘Everywhere I Go’ and ‘Hear Me Now’, ending the night as it started – the crowd getting pumped up, jumping and singing along.

I have to say that my expectations and preconceptions of this show were completely blown to pieces. The rapping and singing was spot on, and  every word was in tune and as clear as a high quality recording. The way the band move around the stage and use it to emphasise certain lyrics or messages from their songs is something I haven’t seen being done in such an effective way before.

Overall I’m tempted to say this is one of the best gigs I’ve ever been too. The combination of the venue (perfect for a band like Hollywood Undead), the chemistry of the band on stage, and the quality of the performance created such a memorable show. If you are a fan and haven’t seen the band live yet, make sure you do. If you only “kind of like them” then seeing them live will change that to “love them”, and if your a fan of live music in general, then a Hollywood Undead show won’t disappoint’.

This was the final UK date of the tour, however the band are now touring throughout Europe, so still chance to catch them!

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