This night was the last stop of the Incorruptible tour, and it felt like everyone on stage gave their performances every bit they had left, and more. If you were there you may have seen members of each band goofing around and pulling pranks on one another, making the show both comedic and entertaining.
Kicking off the show was Kill Ritual from CA. This band always gives it 100% til the very end and is an all around pleasure to catch live. They ended with an excellent cover of “Lights Out” by UFO.
This was a very special tour which also celebrated the memory of Warrel Dane who left this earth December of 2017. Sanctuary was already set for the Incorruptible tour when the tragic news hit. Joseph Michael of Witherfall stepped in on vocals and did a phenomenal job! Warrel was definitely smiling down on Sanctuary tonight. Guitarist Lenny Rutledge spoke a few words honoring Warrel. One part that stood out was when he said “Warrel always would say-” ‘Are you ready to go into fucking battle?!'” and the band went right into “Battle Angels”! The set list covered all of Sanctuary’s discography including “Die For My Sins”,”Frozen”,”Into the Mirror Black”, and”Future Tense.”
Iced Earth was ready to crush the crowd with an excellent extended set. The energy was high amongst the band and the crowd. There was so much emotion some fans were even brought to tears during “Watching Over Me.” The set included many of the new songs off Incorruptible, and also favorites such as “Vengeance is Mine”, “Travel in Stygian”, and “The Hunter” which they didn’t play at the other shows I saw! I thought it was great that guitarist Jon Schaffer gave a shout out about how much Chicago meant to him. He also mentioned past venues Iced Earth played such as the old Smiler Coogans!
All in all the night was a success, and one that all in attendance will remember.