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On a midsummer night in Boise, Three Days Grace, along with New Zealand rockers Like A Storm and Boise’s Breakdown Boulevard, packed the Revolution Concert House for a four hour heavy metal slugfest.

Breakdown Boulevard primed the crowd with an energetic nine song set setting the stage for the evening ahead. With Chad Townsend on vocals and guitar, Mitch Nielsen on Bass, and JD Edwards on drums, this Boise trio are quickly making a name for themselves in the local music scene.

Originally from Auckland, New Zealand, Like A Storm figuratively brought a storm to the nearly two-thousand in attendance. With billows of smoke, wicked slide guitar, thundering rock and roll, and lead singer, Chris Brooks, playing a didgeridoo to open their set.  This being their fourth time in Boise over the past 18 months, the Brooks brothers of Like A Storm have created quite the following and the fans showed their appreciation during the band’s popular “Love The Way You Hate Me” and covers of AC/DC’s “TNT” and Coolio’s “Gangsta Paradise” mixed into what is being called a “Didgeridoo Metal” set.

On the road in support of their latest album ‘Human,’ Canada’s own Three Days Grace hit the stage running and didn’t let up until the final song of the evening. Backed by their first album with Matt Walst on vocals, the alternative metal unit opened the set with “I Am Machine” and then immediately jumped into “Just Like You” from their 2003 self-titled debut album.

Doubt was quickly erased for the skeptic fans in attendance who weren’t yet sure of the “new” lead singer. Taking over for founding frontman Adam Gontier in 2013, Matt Walst and the band, comprised of brother Brad Walst on bass, Barry Stock on lead guitar, Neil Sanderson on drums, and touring keyboardist, Dani Rosenoer, collectively pummeled the fans with a high energy and  superbly sounding show.

The 15 song set covered Three Day Grace hits such as “So What” and “Break” as well as an incredible drum solo that left the crowd hoarse from the constant roar. The show ended with their hit and fan favorite, “Riot” from the band’s 2007 album, ‘One-X.’

From Matt Walst’s clean and striking vocals, combined with the stunning lights and splendid sound, the band’s enthusiasm, and the solid set, this show was sure to leave an indelible mark while becoming a highlight for many of the fans in attendance. It did me.

Three Days Grace Setlist 8.18.15 Boise, IL Revolution Concert House

I Am Machine
Just Like You
Chalk Outline
So What
Pain
Break
Human Race
Home
Pain Killer
Good Life
Hate
Never Too Late
Animal
The Real You
Riot

Gallery

Breakdown Boulevard

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Like A Storm

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Three Days Grace

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