Nothing More with Crown the Empire and Thousand Below
The Fillmore Minneapolis – April 15th, 2023
Nothing More’s Spirits tour made a stop at the beautiful Fillmore in downtown Minneapolis on April 15th, 2023, and joined by Crown the Empire and Thousand Below, they brought night of heavy rock and wild energy to a packed house of screaming and moshing fans.
San Diego post-hardcore band Thousand Below started off the night, with lead singer James DeBerg captivating the crowd with his powerful vocals, emotional delivery, and commanding and yet unassuming energy. Their 7-song set included a mix of heavy songs, opening with the title track from their recent album release “Hell Finds You Everywhere”, interlaced with emotional soul-tugging lyrics and powerful energy from the rest of the band.
Crown the Empire then followed, building on that energy and driving the crowd to even more intense moshing and droves of crowd surfers. They started their set off heavy, with the title track of their 2023 release, “DOGMA”. Singer Andrew Rockhold has an amazing stage presence, interacting with the crowd and engaging the pit to an even more frenzied swirl of moshing and dancing. Drummer Jeeves Avalos and bassist Hayden Tree’s thundering rhythms drove the intensity even harder, and guitarist Brandon Hoover tore around the stage with liveliness and powerful riffs and delivering a solid performance.
Nothing More fittingly opened their set with “SPIRITS”, with Jonny Hawkins infectious and captivating vocals immediately energizing the stage. As a band, Nothing More’s performance is one of the best live shows out there, with intensity and heart that brings the whole crowd together and feels both connected and powerful in ways almost difficult to describe. Moving onto their second song, “Do You Really Want It?”, the crowd was bouncing, and the crowd-surfing was so intense that security was scrambling to keep up (and a shout to the amazing Fillmore Minneapolis staff who, as always, handled it effortlessly). Their set included many songs from SPIRITS, including “Tired of Winning”, “Ships in the Night”, “You Don’t Know What Love Means”, “Best Times”, and others, while also including crowd favorites “Go to War” and a thoughtful moment dedicated to all who’ve lost a parent with the beautiful “Fadein/Fadeout”. Complemented by guitarist Mark Vollelunga, bassist Dan Oliver, and drummer Ben Anderson, it was an exceptional performance that exceeded all expectations and ended a powerful night of great music.