Anberlin's farewell tour was bittersweet to the very last song. Every track played was packed with so much emotion, it was reverberating off the walls. The look on Christian's face resembled that of everyone else's in the room -- filled with heartbreak. But the show wasn't all tears. The night was filled with incredible energy and humor too.
When I first walked up to Revolution at 6:45, I saw a crowd of eager fans in long lines anticipating the final concert of their beloved band. A pastor from Influence Culture Church was greeting every person in line, telling them about his Sunday services inside this venue and Jesus' love. The fledgling church members attempted to entertain and make friends with the attendees by bringing cornhole and a photo booth of fugly Christmas sweaters. But I was more thinking: Cornhole? Really? It's a Monday. I just want to hear "Adelaide."
Inside, Josh Scogan opened the show with his band '69. His screams allowed the moshers and crowd surfers to warm up before the main event. I didn't think it would get too rough, but those around me tried to tell me otherwise. Sure enough, I watched a young blond woman attempt to crowd-surf, then face-plant into a security guard upfront. Later on, during Anberlin's set, another girl's moshing got so out of control that she was carried out of Revolution by security. "That's terrible when your ex-girlfriend gets kicked out of a show," Christian laughed jokingly. "She was looking to slug someone. I don't get it. We're not Metallica." Christian sang a little line of "MMMBop" from Hanson to get some laughs.
Sure a bunch of Anberlin songs get rocky, but they're still no comparison to the heavy-hitters like Metallica. Was this show really mosh-worthy?
Once the hard-hitter was escorted out of the venue, the moshers calmed down a bit, but everyone in the pit was still jumping high and screaming the words to every song like a rebellious choir on a Sunday morning. A number of times during the show, I couldn't even hear the vocals onstage because the crowd's were so loud, but Christian just encouraged them to sing louder. "Sing as loud as you can!" he screamed. "This is all for you!"