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July 6, 2013

Theory of a Deadman kicks off Canal Concert Series

Theory of a Deadman kicks off Labatt Canal Concert Series

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The weather cooperated, the bands showed and the people did as well. In spite of stiff competition from a reduced priced show at Darien Lake featuring Kid Rock, there was an impressive turnout for the second annual Theory of a Deadman show.

The band was in excellent form and lead singer Tyler Connolly’s trademark wit and charisma were in full force. As is par for the course, Connolly acknowledged the abundance of ladies in the crowd, many of them giddily screaming out “I love you Tyler” whenever there was a break in the music.

The band teased some classics including a AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long,” “Paradise City,” and a “Sweet Home Alabama” mini-parody “sweet home here in Lockport, where the skies are blue, at least tonight it’s true.”

The set was close to their July 27, 2012 performance, this year they dumped the cover of Clapton’s “Cocaine” in favor of an acoustic version of Alice in Chain’s “Got Me Wrong.” The song elicited a solid response from the crowd.

The fact that Theory played the Ulrich City Centre made it easier to compare the differences between the new and old locations. The new location in the Chestnut parking lot is definitely more wide open and the because of the openness the sound does not bounce around as much, which resulted in a huge improvement in sound quality.

Connolly noted their return to Lockport saying simply, “We were here last year and you must have liked us because we’re back.” In spite of the acknowledgement that the band is working on a new album, they didn’t debut any new music.

Of course, they have already amassed enough crowd pleasers that new material wasn’t necessary. The crowd ate up “The Bitch Came Back,” “The Truth is” and “Lowlife.” The politically incorrect and often misconstrued as misogynistic muck songs are brilliant in the way they attack the senses and touch on universal themes.

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