Twin City Takeover Starring Godsmack, Three Days Grace, Asking Alexandria, Wage War, and Lilith Czar
Review and Photo by Jake Hageman
After being cancelled twice due to Covid-19, the Twin City Takeover show finally happened last night at The Target Center in Minneapolis, MN. I won tickets to this event 2 years ago from 93X (our local rock station), and I was pretty bummed to hear it keep getting cancelled. I planned on going as a guest until last week when I was offered the opportunity to cover the concert. Being that this was my first time doing camera stuff for an arena show, I was super excited to see everything up close and personal. Here’s a little bit about how the night went.
Lilith Czar was the first act of the night, and she opened up with my favorite song “Feed My Chaos”. I saw her perform at the Ice Nine Kills and Motionless in White show last month too, and she did just as good if not better this time. For releasing her debut album only last year, she grew her fanbase rapidly with the help of Sirius XM Octane.
The second act of the night was the one I most excited for. Wage War came out on stage slamming with their popular hit and one of my favorites “Relapse”. I’m not going to lie, these guys were pretty hard to shoot because they seemed to have constant strobe lights, and they were moving around everywhere. I loved the amount of energy they brought to the stage, and I could definitely see the crowd getting into it behind me. They definitely did not disappoint! The played a total of 8 songs including some of my favorites like “Teeth”, “Manic”, “High Horse”, and “Circle the Drain”
Asking Alexandria was the third act of the night. I honestly don’t listen to them much, but I’ve seen a few of their shows at some festivals I’ve been to. I really liked all the colors and light design they had. The band had a 10 song setlist ending with the only song I really know “Alone in a Room”.
Although I’m still bummed about Three Days Grace having a newer singer, I have to say, they sounded fricken awesome! Vocalist Matt Walst did a great job interacting with the crowd and had high energy throughout the entire performance. They played a ton of crowd favorites like “Pain”, “Animal I Have Become”, and “I Hate Everything About You”
Three Days Grace Setlist:
- So Called Life
- Animal I Have Become
- The Mountain
- The Good Life
- Never Too Late
- I Hate Everything About you
I believe Godsmack is one of those bands where no matter who you are, you can find a song that you like. The band is made up from vocalist Sully Erna, guitarist Tony Rombola, bassist Robbie Merill, and Drummer Shannon Larkin. They started in 1995, and they’ve been making hits ever since. The one thing I like about seeing this band live is how entertaining Sully is. He’s always making jokes, and you can tell he’s truly enjoying himself on stage. A funny moment that happened last night with Sully was, he threw a water bottle in the crowd for someone to catch, the person missed it, and he goes “Come on now, that’s why your baseball team sucks!” He was obviously joking, but that shows you what kind of humor he has on stage. Towards the end of their set, his crew wheeled out a piano, and they played “Under Your Scars”. The room lit up with flashlights while everyone sang along. In total, Godsmack played 15 songs including a cover of “Come Together” by The Beatles at the very end. I was very impressed with all the bands, and I’m super glad I had the opportunity to cover the show!
- I Stand Alone
- When Legends Rise
- Keep Away
- Cryin’ Like A Bitch!!
- Straight Out of Line
- Something Different
- Under Your Scars
- Come Together (Beatles Cover)