(Livestream Review): “Vaccinated + Intoxicated” by KILLSWITCH ENGAGE (8/6/2021)

Killswitch Engage takes over all our homes and delivers a once in a lifetime experience that all of us could have on our couch with their livestream event “Vaccinated + Intoxicated” Live from The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts.

We all have a want and most importantly, a need to be entertained. While some areas of the world are opening up full capacity concerts, some places may not get to experience this or due to health reasons, have no choice BUT to stay home. Well, even during a time where the bands we love are struggling, they are trying to come through for us. Killswitch Engage is no exception to this. They decided to get some cameras, their instruments, and an empty room at the beautiful Palladium in Worcester and put some heart and soul into a nostalgic setlist of songs from their 2000 self titled debut album and their latest album “Atonement”.

Immediately out of the gate, the energy is evident with the start of the opening song Unleashed. While watching this live stream one can feel the excitement to be playing music again, knowing that they are giving us an escape. These guys go for an hour and a half. One would wonder if there are too many nerves or a wonder if the slight bit of dust from being stuck in the house would have to be swept, but that thought is put to rest from the moment the set starts to the moment it ends. KSE really do a wonderful job of making the watcher feel special, even though, thousands are viewing, it feels like this whole preparation and setlist was meant for whoever is watching it.

There is plenty of evidence of vintage KSE plastered all throughout the stream. While the music is the most important part, the effort put into the package was incredible, the lighting, the quality, and even the stability of the stream itself was great, not to mention for quite a steal of a price. During the stream, there was a point where it seemed like the band were done playing, but as noticed the stream doesn’t end. 1999 comes out of nowhere and the band is replaced by their former selves (blond wig, club venue, and dreads all inclusive) and remind us all where the roots come from. Over a two-decade career for these guys come full circle and KSE takes us all along for the ride with them as they play their ENTIRE self-titled album without sounding like they missed a beat!

In closing, this was as absolute treat for everyone that’s a fan of KSE and a fan of metal in general came together to celebrate the 20+ year career of one of the most dedicated bands in the industry today. Fans were treated like gold with an amazing presentation, setlist, and the guttural laughs. The price was a steal, and the stream was amazing. These guys worked hard to bring us something during a time where there wasn’t much to celebrate or to be hopeful for. KSE really showed us some love and helped us make it through to a new tomorrow. Everyone that tuned in, made their house, the place to be that August night.

Killswitch Engage has festivals and will be providing support on the Knotfest Roadshow.  Check out the tour dates below:

Friday, September 10th- INKcarceration Festival at Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio

Saturday, September 11th- The Mill & Mine in Knoxville, Tennessee

Sunday, September 12th- Blue Ridge Rock Festival in Dansville, Virginia

Friday, September 24th- Louder Than Life Festival in Louisville, Kentucky

Saturday, September 25th- Rebel Rock Festival in Orlando, Florida

Sunday, September 26th- Furnace Festival in Birmingham, Alabama

Tuesday, September 28th- Knotfest Roadshow at Hollywood Casino Amphitheater in Tinley Park, Illinois

Wednesday, September 29th- Knotfest Roadshow at American Family Insurance Amphitheater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Friday, October 1st- Knotfest Roadshow at Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Noblesville, Indiana

Saturday, October 2nd- Knotfest Roadshow at DTE Energy Music Center in Clarkston, Michigan

Sunday, October 3rd- Knotfest Roadshow at Darien Lake Amphitheater in Darien Center, New York

Tuesday, October 5th- Knotfest Roadshow at Lakeview Amphitheater in Syracuse, New York

Friday, October 8th- Knotfest Roadshow at Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts

Saturday, October 9th- Knotfest Roadshow at Xfinity Theater in Hartford, Connecticut

Sunday, October 10th- Knotfest Roadshow at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey

Tuesday, October 12th- Knotfest Roadshow at BB&T Pavilion in Camden, New Jersey

Wednesday, October 13th- Knotfest Roadshow at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia

Friday, October 15th- Knotfest Roadshow at The Pavilion at Lake Star in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania

Sunday, October 17th- Knotfest Roadshow at PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, North Carolina

Tuesday, October 19th- Knotfest Roadshow at MIDFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater in Tampa, Florida

Wednesday, October 20th- Knotfest Roadshow at iThink Financial Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, Florida

Friday, October 22nd- Knotfest Roadshow at Coastal Credit Union at Walnut Creek in Raleigh, North Carolina

Saturday, October 23rd- Knotfest Roadshow at Ameris Bank Amphitheater in Alpharetta, Georgia

Sunday, October 24th- Knotfest Roadshow at Oak Mountain Amphitheater in Pelham, Alabama

Tuesday, October 26th- Knotfest Roadshow at The Walnut AMP in Rogers, Arkansas

Thursday, October 28th- Knotfest Roadshow at Germania Insurance Amphitheater in Austin, Texas

Friday, October 29th- Knotfest Roadshow at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in Houston, Texas

Saturday, October 30th- Knotfest Roadshow at Dos Equis Pavilion in Dallas, Texas

Monday, November 1st- Knotfest Roadshow at Isleta Amphitheater in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Tuesday, November 2nd- Knotfest Roadshow at Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix, Arizona

Friday, November 5th- Knotfest Roadshow at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, California

Knotfest Roadshow is with Slipknot headlining and support from Killswitch Engage, Fever 333 and Code Orange.  For tickets and further information, click here.  For tickets and further information on the non-Knotfest Roadshow dates, click here.  Be sure to check venue requirements that pertain to the Covid pandemic.

Fans can find Killswitch Engage on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and their official website.

Author: rammsteindude

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