August Burns Red - New York, NY - 8.11.19
Constellations 10 Year Anniversary Tour ft. August Burns Red, Silverstein, & Silent Planet
Playstation Theater - NYC - 8.11.19
Words & Photos by Jordyn Beschel
Two-time Grammy-nominated metal outfit August Burns Red recently embarked on an epic tour honoring the 10-year anniversary of their iconic third studio album, Constellations (2009). Ending the tour at Playstation Theater, located right in the heart of Times Square in New York City, is certainly a way to go out with a bang. With star supporting acts Silverstein and Silent Planet and playing Constellations in full, August Burns Red has given us the most memorable show we have ever witnessed the band perform to date.
Naturally, August Burns Red’s setlist was fairly easy to follow. The first half of the show was Constellations in its full, chronological order, followed by an “encore” set filled with drum solos, popular singles from throughout their discography, and a NOFX cover. Their set kicked off with the band stepping out one by one to an eerie hum and a foggy, dim-lit stage. When frontman Jake Luhrs jumped onto the platform set up front and center in his iconic squatting pose, he immediately started screaming out to the crowd and amping up fans for the start of “Thirty and Seven”.
Whether you are a highly-devoted, long-time ABR fan; simply a fan of the Constellations-era; or just accompanying a fan and seeing ABR for the very first time, this show gave everyone an equally energetic and illustrious experience. Intense, colorful lasers beamed in every direction, CO2 cannons blasted on cue, and Luhrs’ legendary stage presence had the entire venue encapsulated from start to finish--we even caught some of the venue staff headbanging during “Marianas Trench”.
The Constellations 10 Year Anniversary tour ended with this special NYC performance; however, the band has plans to make this show a tropical island vacation! August Burns Red will be playing a final US show in Honolulu, HI on October 20th at The Republik before settling down for the rest of the year (or, so we think).