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This week TYLER “TELLE” SMITH, frontman for THE WORD ALIVE, discusses his favorite cities to play.
1. Los Angeles, California (Including Anaheim and Pomona, because they rule)
The reason I'm putting Los Angeles No. 1 isn't just because I live there, but because from one of the first shows the Word Alive ever played, the crowds have sang along, moved and supported us through all of our changes and musical progression. They accepted us right away, and our first sold out show was in L.A.
2. Sayreville, New Jersey
New Jersey as a whole is amazing. The thing that makes NJ the No. 2 spot for me is each time we come back, it seems like there are twice the amount of fans singing along and going crazy. There isn't the standing around with their arms crossed bullshit that plagues heavy music shows these days. It's a ton of people who love music and want to get as crazy as possible. What's not to love?
3. Chicago, Illinois
Chicago, still to this day, may have had one of my favorite shows. Warped Tour 2011 still has the record for biggest circle pit in the Word Alive’s history. Germany has since come very close in a couple spots, but nobody has topped Chicago. That day had everything: singing, jumping, crowd-surfing, circle pits. It was a frontman's dream.
4. San Antonio, Texas and New York, New York
These two music-loving cities had to be a tie. We've had some of our best and sweatiest shows in San Antonio, mainly at the White Rabbit. That venue is always sold out and packed with sweaty kids ready to crowd surf all night and sing louder than just about any city in the world. New York is always a place I'm pumped to see on the tour dates because I know that it will be a great show. One of the most consistent cities, and one where people support music and shows in a big way.
5. London, England
We've been fortunate enough to start touring overseas more in the last couple of years, and one city has been great every time. London has always been a city I wished to visit growing up. I loved everything about the city I read and learned about as a kid. When we went over there for the first time with our friends in We Came As Romans and Miss May I, it sold out and we were stoked. Then, we went on and from the first note, kids were jumping off the stage and singing along. Every time we come back to the U.K. I get excited to play London. Hopefully when we're back this year, it will be 10 times crazier than the last time.