Before embarking on a major US tour with Red and 10 Years, Las Vegas rockers Otherwise made a pit stop in Columbus, OH last Thursday to jam with fans at PromoWest’s The Basement. It was a smaller crowd than the Otherwise guys have become accustomed to, but they still gave 110% to entertain everyone who came out for a night of rock ‘n’ roll – proving once again that Adrian, Ryan, Tony, and Brian are immensely dedicated to their craft and to their fans.
Before Otherwise took the stage, power trio Dead Mans Dew riled the crowd with their heavy-hitting alternative hard rock vibe. Plenty of fans turned out to support the Columbus locals open the show, and Soutchay, Shawn, and Greg did not disappoint.
The Otherwise set was full of high energy, hard rock, and heavy hits. The band played songs from more than a decade of experience in the music business including hits like “Die For You”, “Coming For The Throne”, “Lighthouse” and of course their biggest hits “Soldiers” and “I Don’t Apologize.”
Even more exciting was hearing several songs from the band’s latest release Sleeping Lions, which came out late last month. This album, in my opinion, is their best work to date. The musical chemistry of the band is tight on every song, and the lyrics pack a serious punch.
When the band played the first single from Sleeping Lions – “Angry Heart” – they dedicated it to the victims of the October 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas. At least 59 people were killed and more than 500 were injured when a shooter fired multiple rounds from a high-rise room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino into a crowded country music concert. It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, and it happened in Otherwise’s hometown – on their turf. The band – like the rest of the country – was deeply affected by the tragedy. “Don’t have a sad heart,” band founder and lead vocalist Adrian Patrick said, “Have an angry heart. That shit should make you mad!”
Fans were encouraged to sign their names and sentiments on a huge “Vegas Strong” wall. The Otherwise guys plan to take the wall back and present it to the city of Las Vegas to show that people all across the United States stand strong for the victims, the survivors, and the whole city that endured this horrific tragedy.
Otherwise closed the show with another single from Sleeping Lions that represents exactly what this band is all about – “Won’t Stop.” Adrian reminded the crowd that this song was the Otherwise theme song because “we won’t ever stop” he proclaimed. They won’t stop fighting for what they believe in. They won’t stop working hard to make amazing music. They won’t stop putting on amazing shows in every city they land in.
Otherwise kicked off their tour with Red and 10 Years this past Saturday with a sold out show in Winchester, VA. They will be making dozens of stops across the USA throughout October and November. They will also be on board the 2018 voyage of Shiprocked. Make sure you catch a show and see for yourself how awesome this band really is.
By Cathy Moore of Moore Rock Shots & Reviews
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UPCOMING TOUR DATES
Oct 17 Diesel Club Lounge Pittsburgh, PA
Oct 18 The Chance Poughkeepsie, NY
Oct 19 Chameleon Club Lancaster, PA
Oct 20 Phase 2 Lynchburg, VA
Oct 21 Highline Ballroom New York, NY
Oct 23 The Blind Tiger Greensboro, NC
Oct 25 Carolina Nightlife & Grill Darlington, SC
Oct 26 The Masquerade Atlanta, GA
Oct 27 99 Rock Monster We Made Fest Destin, FL
Oct 28 Dixie Roadhouse Cape Coral, FL
Oct 29 House of Blues Orlando Lake Buena Vista, FL
Oct 31 Varsity Theatre Baton Rouge, LA
Nov 02 Manchester Music Hall Lexington, KY
Nov 03 Bogart’s Cincinnati, OH
Nov 04 Pop’s Concert Venue Sauget, IL
Nov 05 The Forge Joliet, IL
Nov 07 11 & 75 Sports Park & Eatery Kansasville, WI
Nov 08 Saint Andrew’s Hall Detroit, MI
Nov 09 The Music Factory Battle Creek, MI
Nov 10 Piere’s Entertainment Center Fort Wayne, IN
Nov 11 The Vogue Indianapolis, IN
Nov 12 The Brickhouse La Crosse, WI
Nov 15 Knitting Factory Boise, ID
Nov 16 Knitting Factory Spokane, WA
Nov 18 Jub Jub’s Reno, NV
Nov 19 Fulton 55 Fresno, CA