On March 1st, 2019, In Flames released their 13th full album I, The Mask. On March 2nd, they came to celebrate the release with Within Temptation at the Playstation Theater in Times Square, New York. This was the first time I had seen In Flames live since 2015 and I have to say that this show in NYC was a fun one.
To give an idea of how much fun people were having at this show, there were fans that started crowd surfing between songs. Just to silence. It got to the point where Anders said on the mic, “You know, we can play some music for you WHILE you do that.” It got a good laugh out of everyone. This new crowd surfing trend to no music continued after the set was over.
Anders stopped after three songs to take to the mic for another reason, to thank all the fans for being there and how much he loved them. He said they wouldn’t exist without them there. The setlist included a variety of songs from their long careers as well as tracks from their latest album.
Whether it’s the earlier material from In Flames you prefer or the later, it really feels like In Flames is there to try and give something to everyone. Whenever you see a band having fun on stage while they play, it radiates to the crowd. We need more of that in rock and metal.
You can find tour dates and more information on In Flames’ Facebook page here: In Flames on Facebook. Click on any photo below to open the gallery and scroll below the photos to watch the music video for “I Am Above”.