Asking Alexandria @ Norwich UEA
Grindstore rocked up to the UEA in Norwich on Wednesday to see the first date of Asking Alexandria’s UK Tour with their American buddies Secrets, Crown The Empire & The Ghost Inside.
We met with the bands management prior to the gig to get some merch signed for future competitions – so watch this space to find out how you can win signed Asking Alexandria goodies very soon! We had to disturb the boys for signatures as they were getting inked…it doesn’t get much more rock n’roll than a quick pre-show tattoo!
We entered the venue as Secrets were ending unfortunately, but the crowd gave them a big send off so they must have made an impression on the Norwich crowd.
Crown The Empire
Crown The Empire roared on stage next with dual singer-shouter combo Andrew & David, they smashed through the first few songs before asking if anyone had heard of Crown The Empire, to which they were blown away by screams from the packed out UEA crowd.
As they ended an impactful set on ‘Rise Of The Runaways’ and ‘The Fallout’, it was clear that they had made a lasting impression in Norwich and are sure to pick up many new fans over the next two weeks.
Whilst wrapping up their set, Andrew and David let the fans know they would be hanging out at the merch stand so we went to ambush them for some video footage. Unfortunately, before he even made it to the merch area, David broke his thumb and spent the next hour with the doctors, so we waited for the line of excited teenagers to die down before going for a chat with Andrew.
Exclusive Video Message
Luckily Andrew was more than happy to have a private chat with us and was excited to hear we had new Crown The Empire merch at Grindstore! He recorded a little message for us which you can check out here! http://instagram.com/p/ud8PONl0nE/?modal=true
Asking Alexandria Are Back!
It’s easy to forget that Asking Alexandria are born and bred Englishmen, seeing as they spend most of their time living stateside, but the England flag wrapped around Danny Worsnop’s mic stand suggests that the boys are enjoying being home.
Danny, who seemed to be dressed from the same wardrobe as Axl Rose – but working it better than the Guns N Roses frontman, was in great spirits as he swayed through opening tracks ‘Don’t Pray For Me’ and ‘Run Free’. Though his past reputation may sometimes over shadow his true talent, his voice was on exceptional form. This guy can scream, shout and throw his voice about with ease through melodic tracks such as ‘Moving On’ to heavy hitters like ‘The Final Episode’.
Throwing in snippets of Pantera’s ‘Walk’ and Linkin Park’s ‘One Step Closer’, Danny and Bruce worked the crowd effortlessly, even when jokingly claiming that Asking Alexandria was just a stepping stone for their promising and fictional Stand Up Comedy act.
Before charming the Norwich crowd some more (mainly the females in the front row), Asking Alexandria concluded their opening night in the UK with a triple dose of songs from their ‘From Death to Destiny’ album with ‘Killing You’, ‘The Death Of Me’ & ‘Poison’ before departing for round two in Nottingham.