Pierce the Veil announced a Co-Headlining tour with The Used with support from DeathbyRomy, Don Broco, and Girlfriends (on select dates). The Creative Control tour began on May 23rd in Austin, TX, and stopping all across the U.S. and Canada and ending in Phoenix, AZ on July 2nd. Pierce the Veil released their first album in seven years titled, The Jaws of Life teasing fans with new songs while announcing coming to cities near them. The band put out several music videos and visualizers for several of their songs including “Pass the Nirvana“, “Emergency Contact”, and “Even When I’m Not With You“.
The anticipation for a release of a new album by this incredible rock band has been long awaited. PTV fans were overly enthusiastic about the news of The Jaws of Life hitting shelves and streaming platforms. Excitement built as the band made social media posts advertising their upcoming co-headliner tour because PTV are some of the most loyal and dedicated fans in the industry. These fans have been excitingly waiting for Pierce the Veil to hit the stage again. The wait is finally over. Strap on your shoes and get ready for Pierce the Veil to show all the time of their lives and one of the most incredible shows you will see in 2023.
I was lucky enough to catch the Pierce the Veil guys in St. Augustine, Florida and let me be the first to say, the show did not disappoint. Let me take you on a journey of the night with PTV on the Creative Control tour. I arrived at the venue (St. Augustine Amphitheater) and the roadways were already flooded with concert goers eagerly waiting to enter the venue parking lots. As I drove around in front of the venue many of the parking lots were already filling up fast. This was going to be a wild night. It was hours before showtime and the grounds were filling quicker than I had even anticipated. As you drove down the surrounding streets you could see floods of fans walking the sidewalks towards the gates in a never-ending line. You saw shirts ranging from the band’s first albums, A Flair For The Dramatic, Selfish Machines, Collide With The Sky, Misadventures, all the way up to their recent alum The Jaws of Life. I wouldn’t be surprised if every local Hot Topic was sold out of PTV merch leading up to the show. There were so many PTV fans just walking up to the venue, too many to count. It was nice to see just how true some of these fans were and just how far back, or new to Pierce the Veil they were familiar with. The fans just kept coming and coming, in fact there were even shuttles and carts to take the concert goers to the Amphitheater as well. After I was able to secure parking, I walked up the venue entrance where I could see hundreds of fans lined up outside the gates elated to enter the vicinity. You could see selfies and photos being taken in every direction you looked. Man it felt good to have the boys back up on stage.
PTV were the third band to perform this night and it was time for them to show this crowd what they were all about. Time to show each and every single fan that they were worth the wait to see them back in concert again. You could hear the excitement filling the Amphitheater and the crew began to set up the stage for Pierce the Veil. whispers and talk coming from all around you guessing what the opening is going to be like. Will they start with their iconic “Hell Above” opening? Will they show a video projected on a screen? Will they leave the crowd with a teaser and just reveal the words Pierce the Veil? That’s when it happened, the curtain scrolled across the stage, what will it be? The Jaws of Life. It was official, time for a new PTV we have never seen before. The lights began to flicker, and the crowd went crazy. Here they come! Time for me to get even closer to the excitement and give you all a visual look into the set. “El Rey” (Vicente Fernandez song) began to play as the venue began to roar louder and louder. 5, the crowd starts to cheer. 4, stomping from the seats like a heart pounding out of your chest. 3, the music begins to grow louder. We’re getting closer. 2, their entering the stage, silhouettes fill from behind the curtain. Get Ready. 1, The curtain drops, streamers soar through the air, and the St. Augustine Amphitheater explodes to the sounds of PTV playing “Death of an Executioner“. The setlist for the night were as follows: “Death of an Executioner“, “Bulls in the Bronx“, “Pass the NIrvana“, “Hold On Till May“, “Emergency Contact“, “Southern Constellations“, “The Boy Who Could Fly“, “Circles“, “Caraphernelia“, “King For A Day“. During “Hold On Till May” Fuentes said to the crowd that this is usually the time where he does THIS as he looking to the wall of screaming fans and asked, “Who would like to join us on stage?”
The band looked around at all the adoring faces of their sold-out crowd. This would be a tough choice. Fuentes scoured back and forth to find the perfect fan to share this iconic moment. For those of you who may not be aware of this, PTV used to bring a girl on stage, sit her down on a stool, and serenade her during their performance. This was the perfect moment to bring this back up on stage and give a special fan the experience of a lifetime. Finally, he sees her. Vic says to the crowd, “the girl with the shirt with the heart on it”. The fans were cheering so loud for this lucky fan. He brought her on stage and continued to sing Lindsey Stamey’s part to her as her face filled with tears of joy. once the song was over, he took her by surprise, he gave her his guitar. He said to this fan, “this is my guitar and I want you to have it”. Vic then signed the guitar for her as the band prepared for the next song. That was a beautiful moment to witness. I am so happy for that fan. I know she is going to remember that moment for the rest of her life. During their performance of “Circles” the band had smoke machines blowing out “O” ring shapes towards the crowd. They really seemed to enjoy watching the O’s floating around. Very cool touch. It’s those little things that stick with you and you remember from going to a concert.
This was a very powerful and very well executed performance by PTV. Their showmanship and dedication to their fans is unmatched. It’s no surprise that Pierce the Veil sold out yet another show. These guys are an absolute powerhouse of incredible musicianship, meaningful poetry of words by the remarkable lyricist Fuentes himself, and Perfect story telling with goosebump giving flair. If you get the chance to see them, make sure you take it. Catch them on the road on these upcoming dates:
Upcoming Tour Dates:
Sat Jun 03 Baltimore, MD Pier Six Pavilion ^+
Tue Jun 06 Richmond, VA Virginia Credit Union LIVE! *^+
Wed Jun 07 Wallingford, CT Oakdale Theatre ^+
Fri Jun 09 Philadelphia, PA Skyline Stage at the Mann ^+
Sat Jun 10 Portland, ME Cross Insurance Arena ^+
Mon Jun 12 Asbury Park, NJ Stone Pony Summer Stage ^#
Tue Jun 13 New York, NY The Rooftop at Pier 17 ^#
Thu Jun 15 Bethlehem, PA Wind Creek Event Center ^#
Fri Jun 16 Moon Twp, PA UPMC Events Center ^#
Sat Jun 17 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center ^#
Mon Jun 19 Grand Rapids, MI GLC Live at 20 Monroe ^#
Wed Jun 21 Cincinnati, OH The Andrew J Brady Music Center ^#
Thu Jun 22 Madison, WI The Sylvee ^#
Sat Jun 24 Dallas, TX Fair Park *^#
Wed Jun 28 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex (Outdoors) ^#
Thu Jun 29 Reno, NV Grand Theatre at The Grand Sierra Resort ^#
Sat Jul 01 Irvine, CA FivePoint Amphitheatre ^#
Sun Jul 02 Phoenix, AZ Arizona Financial Theatre ^#
* Non-Live Nation Date
^ With Don Broco
+ With Deathbyromy
# With girlfriends
(Gallery from the St. Augustine Amphitheater date of the tour can be seen below. )
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