I attended the “Living Proof Tour: North America” headlined by State Champs at the Playstation Theater in New York City. Accompanying State Champs on tour are: Our Last Night, The Dangerous Summer, and Grayscale.
I’ve attended shows at the Playstation Theater, formerly known as the Nokia Theater and Best Buy Theater. This venue is one of my absolute favorites in New York City. I like the vibe the venue has, the layout of the venue, and that it feels intimate while also having the capacity of 2,100 people. I was eager to see this show for the lineup. I’ve seen State Champs and Grayscale perform live, but I have not seen Our Last Night or The Dangerous Summer live.
Please note: this blog contains setlists.
Grayscale took the stage first. I’ve seen Grayscale perform at Vans Warped Tour, and I absolutely loved the energy Grayscale has on stage. Grayscale matched their energy and engagement with their fans as they performed on the stage. Collin Walsh’s voice was really raspy, and at times I was unable to hear his vocals because he pulled away from he microphone. He kept the energy high throughout the performance. Here is their setlist:
- Beautiful Things
- Slipping Away
- Fever Dream
The band that took the stage next was The Dangerous Summer. The Dangerous Summer was the most anticipated band I wanted to see perform live because they’re one of my favorite bands. TDS was one of the many bands that got me into alternative, pop punk, emo music. The group broke up and got back together, and getting the chance to see them perform for the first time was an emotional experience. More information about TDS can be found in my previous blog post here. Getting to see them perform on stage was by far one of my favorite parts of the evening. Here is their setlist:
- The Permanent Rain
- Where I Want to Be
- Where Were You When The Sky Opened Up
- This Is Life
Our Last Night is a band I was unfamiliar with until the show. The vocalist, Trevor Wentworth, was sick causing the group to miss a few days on the tour. The group released its latest album Let Light Overcome that day, and Our Last Night took the stage to perform. Unfortunately, I did not physically get to see their set because I was speaking with Ben Cato, drummer of The Dangerous Summer.
State Champs took the stage and opened with their latest song made into a music video, “Criminal.” From there, State Champs played a variety of old and new songs which I enjoyed! Here is their setlist:
- Losing Myself
- Shape Up
- Mine is Gold
- Hard to Please
- Crystal Ball
- Perfect Score
- If I’m Lucky
- Our Time to Go
- All You Are Is History
- Safe Haven
- Easy Enough
- Something About You
- Simple Existence
- Dead and Gone
- Elevated *ENCORE*
- Secrets *ENCORE*
State Champs performed very quick. I felt like it was State Champs performing a few songs then having a little bit to say then going back to the music. The group was humble to have sold out Playstation Theater. They’ve performed at other venues across New York, and they were close to selling out. The 2016 AP Tour with State Champs and Neck Deep headlining sold out at Webster Hall with Knuckle Puck and Like Pacific as the support. State Champs thanked fans for going to their tour and supporting their music.
I really liked the bands on tour. Each band complimented each other with energy, interaction with listeners, and great music! Each band that took the stage got the crowd pumped for the next group. It was an awesome show to attend.
State Champs said that they’d be back in the summer, but no word yet on who they will be touring with and where about the tour will travel. I’m excited to hear that State Champs will be back in New York soon! When speaking to the guys of The Dangerous Summer, they revealed that a new album is expected very soon. The group released a new single “Where Were You When The Sky Opened Up” and plan to tour again soon. There is an exciting tour happening with The Dangerous Summer this year. Keep up to date with what’s to come by following my blog!
Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!