Last Night: Molotov At House Of Blues
The audience was already getting rowdy as we photographers claimed our spots in the soon-to-be drop zone for crowd surfers in front of the House of Blues stage. The concert hadn't even started and there were several 20-oz. Bud Light cans littering the floor in the photo pit.
This being Aftermath's first Molotov concert, we had no idea how hard the four-time Latin Grammy award winners were about to rock it.
When Tito, Miky, Paco and El Gringo Loco took the stage, our first observation was how unimpressive the light show was compared to bands like Café Tacuba or Los Amigos Invisibles. However, before we knew what was happening, our body was trying to figure out how to dance, take pictures and not trip over the metal barricade supports dripping with beer.
When the bouncers ushered us out of the pit after the third song, the crowd's energy and the bass lines that were vibrating our soul were completely mesmerizing. Aftermath hadn't had that feeling at a concert since our first Rage Against the Machine show.
The four members of the Mexican rock band - Ismael Fuentes de Garay, Miguel Ángel Huidobro Preciado, Juan Francisco Ayala Gonzalez and Randall Ebright - brought all 15 years of Molotov's music with them without compromise. It's been two-years since the band has put out a new album, but you couldn't tell by the pure energy in the room generated by the band and fed on by the crowd.
Molotov was also the most interactive we've seen any band be at a show. One member shared a swig of beer with a lucky front-row fan in the middle of a song, and Paco made sure he hung a fan's banner on the stage that security had confiscated before it could get to him.
"I never seen a band act like that, like it was their personal playground," fan Eddie Garcia said.