BY THOM JENNINGS Special to the Union-Sun & Journal
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal
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.
At their core, Theory of a Deadman is fan friendly band. Connolly and company threw out plenty of souvenirs and even stopped before the show to sign autographs for fans as he was whisked into the venue.
Nevertheless, Theory was only part of the story. This was one of the best all around lineups I ever remember at the venue. The warm up bands truly warmed up the crowd starting with an impressive set from The Etchings, a band that features two of weatherman Mike Randle’s sons.
Buffalo based Breakerbox truly impressed me, putting on a headline like performance early in the evening. If you made it to the show early enough you left a Breakerbox fan.
Of course, the band many people were interested in seeing was Kingsfoil featuring Frankie Muniz of Malcolm in the Middle fame. Forget the kid was a child actor, he is a solid drummer. In reality the band as a whole is the real story, Kingsfoil with or without Muniz is a lot of fun to watch and listen to.
By the end of the evening the clouds had left, perhaps at the urging of Mike Randle, and Theory saved the best for last, “Bad Girlfriend.” Which sent a happy crowd dancing into the night, many of them wishing they would be the “future ex-Mrs. Connolly.”