P.O.D. / Alien Ant Farm / Fused by Defiance @ The Observatory - 05/04/2017 - SoCalMusicToday.com

P.O.D. / Alien Ant Farm / Fused by Defiance @ The Observatory – 05/04/2017


P.O.D. @ The Observatory – 05/04/2017Best known for hits that are now over 16 years old, Christian rockers P.O.D. played a one-off show at the Observatory in Santa Ana Thursday, March 4th. The San Diego-based nu metal outfit proved that they can still pack a room, partnering with openers Alien Ant Farm and Fused By Defiance. Fueled by a $10 ticket promotion, they easily sold out the venue and provided those in attendance with an aggressive set of chart topping classics and new singles.

Formed in 1992, the now quarter century old band still has a strong following. Frontman, Sonny Sandoval still commands the stage with a ferocious attitude. Opening with “Image” and one of their first radio hits “Rock The Party”, Sandoval later quipped ‘let’s have some fun’ before launching into a rockin’ version of “Southtown”.

Alien Ant Farm @ The Observatory – 05/04/2017Up next were two crowd favorites “Boom” and “Satellite”, followed by “Lost In Forever” (off the 2012 release Murdered Love). Before closing the main set with “Alive”, Sandoval and company threw in “Will You” and “Youth Of The Nation”—the latter is a true classic and helped the Satellite album reach 3x platinum back in 2001. Throughout the show, he consistently whipped his mic cord in the middle of the stage while flawlessly belting out tunes during the band’s 18 song set. Only 2 additional shows are scheduled for P.O.D. (June 3rd in Kansas City and 23rd in Canada at Montebello Rockfest), at this point no additional SoCal shows are on the calendar.

Best known for their 2001 cover of the Michael Jackson hit “Smooth Criminal”, Alien Ant Farm maintains a solid local following. On this evening they helped provide solid opening support and brought a solid set list with “These Days”, “Glow” and “Music”.

Fused by Defiance @ The Observatory – 05/04/2017Fused By Defiance (also known by their abbreviated acronym FxD) opened the evening. The quintet, based locally in Los Angeles formed in 2012 and fuses multiple genres from rock to hip hop to funk, into a cohesive, aggressive sound. Just last month the band won battle of the bands and earned a prestigious spot as the opening band at the Sabrosa Fest in Dana Point, CA opening up for Offspring and Sum 41.

The upstart act (fronted by Ryan Cheek along with guitarists Kevin Cordero and Al Padilla) provided a high energy opening performance that won over the pit, resulting in a solid mosh session during a majority of their 40 minute set. Epic hair whips from bassist Jon Sigala became a signature by show’s end. The band was playing their second show at the Observatory in less than a week, having just opened up for Soulfly on April 30th. Upcoming gigs include stops at the Mint in Long Beach (June 12th), The Viper Room in West Hollywood (June 24th) and the OC Fairgrounds (June 25th).

P.O.D. Set List: 

Image | Rock The Party | Murdered Love | Set It Off | Soundboy Killa | Ridiculous | Southtown | Boom | Satellite | Lost In Forever | Will You | On Fire | Youth Of The Nation | Listening Of The Silence | The Awakening | Alive

Encore: Beautiful | Bullet In The Blue Sky

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