Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena, February 15, 2008

 

Written and photos by: Jason Perlman

 

Being an opening band on any arena tour can be a daunting task, but compound that with opening for a band like Linkin Park that draws and attracts such a diverse audience, and the task can become nearly a no-win situation. So when Chiodos, a relatively obscure band with its own underground fan base, was give the task and under 30 minutes to accomplish the feat, well, it seemed like thankless opportunity, even if getting to play in front of about 10,000 music fans.

 

But rather than trying to win over everyone who made it to the show early to see the opening act, Chiodos stayed true to its roots of artistic underground pop-metal. The Michigan sextet never once mentioned its appearance on the cover of Alternative Press, Top 10 Billboard debut or any other commercial appeal the band could use to win over those whom want to follow trends. Instead, the band relied solely on its musical integrity to try to convince anyone who was listening that Chiodos was a band worth spending money on, whether it be buying a CD or coming to a show. This has been the mentality of the band who releases its successful records on Independent Label Equal Vision Records and has done nothing but live on the road for years to develop what legion of fans it has. And with only 8 songs to try and win over anyone, Chiodos wasted no time with talk or showmanship, but rather went straight to their set list, which consisted of a great mix of songs including Champagne Jam and Bulls Make Money. But it was the variety of sounds, especially in Best Friend and Cannibal that made many of those in attendance stop to take notice of this young and talented band.

 

That was never more evident that when the band did a signing after their set and the line went on for over an hour, forcing many to decide whether to stay for a signed poster or watch Coheed and Cambria, and for hundreds, the decision was to meet this band that was in a near no-win situation.

 

But against the odds, Chiodos proved many wrong by showing that kids are willing to get to a show early, embrace a band they have never heard and wait hours just to get a signed poster all after a mere 30 minutes of attention-deserving music. With the music industry in turmoil and independent labels and bands becoming more accessible through the web, Chiodos may prove to others that quality in music and demeanor can more than make up for millions of dollars in marketing. Linkin Park has for years been a band like 311, that takes on the road with them acts that may not be the perfect bill filler, but somehow seem to fit in with the tour better than any like-sounding band. This may yet be another band that Linkin Park gave the shot, and the band took that shot to step up to the majors. And doing it the right way, by staying true themselves, their fans and most importantly, the music the band has to play night in and night out.

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