Currently, Red is touring across the United States in honor of the ten year anniversary of their first studio album, End of Silence. On the tour are also openers Random Hero, Spoken, and Disciple. The tour came to GenXaret in Columbia, Maryland, on October 22nd.
First on the stage was Random Hero, a four piece band from Denver, Colorado. Unfortunately, they only had a short, five song set, but they definitely got the crowd warmed up. Lead singer Aaron Watkins encouraged fans to take selfies with the band performing. Watkins also had the audience to crouch down, low to the ground, in order to quickly jump back up and move around to the song.
Up next was Spoken. During their six song set, lead singer Matt Baird made sure to make use of all of the space on the stage. Baird also continually grabbed hands of fans up front, singing along with them. The band made sure to thank the audience for coming out to watch their set, and dedicated a song to all of their fans.
Disciple began their 45 minute set with “Dear X (You Don’t Own Me).” The crowd was immediately singing along. Disciple got much of the audience to stand up and rock out with them. Lead singer Kevin Young even led the crowd in some stretches before telling everyone to headbang during the next song. Disciple played a few songs off of their new album, Long Live the Rebels, which was released on October 14th.
To close out the night, Red introduced their set by playing a recording of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence.” The band then came on the stage to start playing “Wasting Time.” The band had a great amount of energy during their set, with all of the members jumping around while performing. Michael Barnes, Red’s lead singer, paid attention to the crowd. He stopped to pose for selfies with people up front and noticed fan art that someone had brought. The set included “Pieces,” off of End of Silence, performed acoustically. Red also covered “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” by Nirvana. During “Take Me Over,” Barnes jumped off the stage and roamed around the crowd to get closer to the fans. After playing “Breathe Into Me,” Red left the stage for a couple of minutes before coming back to perform an encore consisting of “Shadows” and “Darkest Part.”