Front Line Assembly at the Nile Theater, 6/7/11
Front Line Assembly's Bill Leeb
Photos by Maria Vassett
Front Line Assembly
At times, even Leeb seemed like he was just going through the paces, closing his eyes so often and for so long that it looked like he was visualizing a larger crowd or wishing he were somewhere else. The fact that he scoffed after saying he hoped everyone had fun did little to sell the audience on his enthusiasm, so it came as no surprise when two middle-aged guys with glasses and beer bellies were the only ones who half-heartedly complied with Leeb's mumbled request for a mosh pit.
In the end, although the band has a great catalogue and all the necessary components in place to put on an amazing show and rise above the low turnout of a Tuesday night, it was clear their hearts just weren't in it.
Last Night: Front Line Assembly at the Nile Theater
The Crowd: The largely 30-something core of Arizona's industrial scene. Shout out to Tucson's DJ Black Flagg from Club Sanctuary and the now-defunct Asylum.
Overheard In The Crowd: "This just confirms my belief that there's no point to seeing industrial bands live, except that it's louder and you get to see your friends."
Personal Bias: Front Line Assembly is one of the bands I've waited longest to see live, so maybe my expectations were too high, since I expected them to at least try to seem interested in their own music.
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