By David Lucas, Rock At Night Orlando
Live Review: ONE OK ROCK w/Fame on Fire and You Me at Six – House of Blues, Orlando, FL – September 23, 2022
Kicking off the show, from south Florida is Fame On Fire. I first heard about Fame On Fire from the twitch streaming show Danny Wimmer Presents (DWP), Space Zebra and have been wanting to catch them live ever since. July 2022 I covered Sleeping With Sirens Crl+Alt+Del Tour at the same venue and caught a little Fame on Fire that night. Guitarist Blake Saul was ripping up the stage with opening act, Garzi. This night was no different, As a guitarist Blake gives every performance his all, and it shows. The intro starts with what would make someone think they had made a wrong turn and ended up at a circus. Fame On Fire took the stage, and the intro made sense with the hit “Welcome to the Chaos” bringing it all together. Up next from the 2020 debut album, Levels, “Her Eyes”. A song that reached number one on Sirius XM Octane. The set also included “Emo Shit”, “Rotting Away”, “Ketamine” and “Plastic Heart” from their Welcome To The Chaos album. The next song on their setlist had the whole venue singing along, an outstanding cover of “Numb” by Linkin Park. Ending their set with another single from their 2020 debut album Levels, Headspace. After finally getting to see Fame On Fire live, I will count down the days to see them again.
The second band up for the evening, You Me at Six comes all the way from Weybridge, Surrey, England. The lights go down and the music of the song “Loverboy” starts and you can feel the excitement from the room as lead singer Josh Franceschi runs out onto the stage. If you are looking for a high energy, audience engaging show to see, you do not want to miss a chance to see You Me At Six. Their set included songs from most of their studio albums including Straight to My Head, Bite My Tongue, What’s It Like, Room to Breathe, Take on the World, Underdog, SUCKAPUNCH and deep cuts from the upcoming 2023 release Truth Decay. Just before performing their last song of the evening “Beautiful Way”, Josh mentions their return to the US in spring 2023.
Before getting started the House of Blues staff carried in a platform and placed it on the floor to the left side of the stage. While watching them I noticed two ladies by the platform and asked them what was going on, since this was the first time I have seen this at the venue. They set the platform up for these ladies so that they would be up over the audience and could be seen from across the room. They were there as interpreters for ONE OK ROCK. I have heard some loud screams come from the House of Blues over the years. When the house lights went down and floor spotlights turned on with an amber glow and “Save Yourself” started up the screams became ear piercing. Taka took the mic and started to sing “Save yourself, Love is pain, I know too well, You’ve never felt…”. Once the word “Save” started the room was again, one big singalong. After a quick “How’s everybody doing?” They went right into “Taking Off” and everyone on the floor was jumping up and down with the beat of the music. As the evening went on, it was easy to hear that this group has a huge American following. Every song was being sung word for word by most everyone in the venue. More of the setlist included; “Wonder”, “Let Me Let You Go”, “Renegades”, “Neon”, “Vandalize”, “So Far Gone”, “The Beginning”, “Prove”, “Stand Out Fit In”, and “Wasted Nights”. For the encore, “Always Coming Back” and “American Girls”. It was a great night at the House of Blues in Orlando, Florida.
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