Concert Review: I Prevail ends LIFELINES tour at The Intersection

Review by Brian Wells

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Detroit hard rock band I Prevail wrapped up the Lifelines tour in front of a sold-out crowd Monday night at The Intersection in Grand Rapids. The show was originally scheduled for Feb. 19, but the band cancelled after vocalist Brian Burkheiser was admitted to the hospital for pneumonia and the flu. Opening sets came from Shapes and Colors, Drifter and Assuming We Survive, rounding out the lineup.

The headliner exploded onto the stage, opening their set with “Come and Get It” to get the crowd fired up. Confetti cannons showered the crowd during “Stuck In Your Head” (I narrowly avoided getting blasted in the face by them while in the photo pit).

Vocalist Eric Vanlerberghe took a few minutes to tease guitarist Dylan Bowman about his dating life on tour. When asked to describe it, Bowman responded with several seconds of Avril Lavigne’s 2002 pop-hit “Complicated.” After several more seconds of back-and-forth banter, the band played a short cover of Puddle of Mudd’s “She Hates Me,” followed by Drowning Pool’s “Bodies.”

“Who wants to hear another cover?” Vanlerberghe asked the audience before the band opened their breakout cover of Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space.” Fans sang (mostly shouted) as the sounds of heavy guitars and throbbing drums filled the packed venue.

After the single, Vanlerberghe brought the show down to an emotional note as he talked about his friend who recently committed suicide. He challenged everyone in the audience to call three friends after the show; even if it was just to tell them you miss them.

The band powered back into the show and traversed a set list of heavy rock songs before ending the main set with “Lifelines,” the title track from the album. A photographer shot footage during the rowdy show for an upcoming I Prevail music video.

After a brief pause, the band returned to the stage, answering the crowd’s cries for “one more song.” The encore started with “The Worst Part of Me” before transitioning into crowd favorite “Scars.” Vanlerberghe asked the crowd to make the “biggest wall of death ever” as the band entered the song’s bridge.

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