Tour de Force


  • Axl Rosenberg


So the Times of Grace tour is now underway, and I don’t think I was alone in wondering if the band would playing any vintage Killswitch Engage material out on the road. I mean, it would make sense — 3/5ths of the KsE Alive or Just Breathing line-up is Times of Grace, and, clearly, this is the big selling point for the group. I mean, you don’t just start out headlining on your first tour unless you’re a supergroup or, in this case, an unofficial reunion.

But now reader Tyler Lesniewski has e-mailed us a link to the setlist from the band’s first live performance, and guess what? There’s not a single KsE song on it.

Instead, it seems the band is just playing their debut album, The Hymn of a Broken Man, almost in its entirety — they jammed on ten songs total, which means only three tracks from Hymn (specifically “Willing,” “The Forgotten One,” and “Fall from Grace”) didn’t get played.

Now, I understand the band’s decision. I seem to recall Audioslave being reluctant to play any Rage Against the Machine or Soundgarden songs the first time they toured. Times of Grace wanna make it on their own merits. And there’s something admirable about that.

‘Cept, uh, if they wanna make it on their own merits, maybe they shouldn’t be doing a headlining tour. Maybe they should be slogging it out in support slots like the rest of the schmoes. I mean, ya can’t have it both ways, fellas. Either own your history, or discard it altogether.

What do you cats think? Is the band right not to play any Killswitch tunes live? Do you still wanna see them knowing you won’t get to hear them rock out on numbers from AoJB? Weigh-in in the comments section.

And if you do still wanna see ’em, here are remaining tour dates:

Feb. 04 Dallas, TX @ The Door
Feb. 05 Austin, TX @ Emo’s
Feb. 07 Phoenix, AZ @ The Nile
Feb. 08 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
Feb. 09 San Francisco, [email protected] Bottom of the Hill
Feb. 11 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Feb. 12 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Ballroom
Feb. 14 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex – Grand Room
Feb. 15 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
Feb. 17 Minneapolis, MN @ Station 4
Feb. 18 Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge
Feb. 19 Detroit, MI @ Eagle Theater
Feb. 20 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
Feb. 21 Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
Feb. 22 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
Feb. 24 West Chester, PA @ The Note
Feb. 25 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls
Feb. 26 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
Feb. 27 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club


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