The Metro Theatre, NSW
November 16, 2023
Supports: Mannequin Death Squad and KRAVE
Suicidal Tendencies marked their 40th Anniversary celebration of their iconic 1983 self-titled debut at a sold out METRO THEATRE show.
You know you’re in for one hell of a night when people are crowd-surfing before the band have even hit the stage. Mannequin Death Squad take the stage and WOW, for a small girl her vocals and growls are so powerful! Aussie rock at its finest. Smashing through a set that has the crowd grooving along to its beats, this was a welcome delight for the senses.
Launching straight into ‘You Cant Bring me Down’, the California natives show exactly why they can still sell out venues over four decades after their creation. As Mike Muir darts from side stage to side stage whipping the crowd into a frenzy, shirts are discarded, and patrons sail over the barricade to really show what an ST show is all about. High energy and brutal physical activity.
The definitely didn’t follow the set list but I felt they played more songs than what scheduled which was good! On bass is the OG bassist Rob Trujillo’s son Tye. This kid kills it. Putting his old man to shame, he parallels Muir’s energy and shows exactly why he’s deserving to succeed his father.
‘I Want More’, ‘Institutionalised’ and ‘Suicidal Failure’ are up next and its clear to see that some punters came out purely for these 3 songs. The crowd goes absolutely nuts and there’s so many people sailing over the barrier that you can’t help but feel a little sympathy for the lads in security catching them all safely. Bravo to all involved.
When they got into “War Inside My Head” the guitarist runs on the stairs of the Metro and plays literally on the edge of the outside balcony!!! CRAZYYYY! the crowd was roaring with insanity, the mosh pit was getting so intense, I hadn’t seen so many punks in one room since being in New Yorks St Marks Place! was feeling so nostalgic.
At the end of the set, it wouldn’t be a Suicidals show without as many people as possible getting on stage with them. What a sight to behold. A stage full of fans, chanting the lyrics to ‘Cyco Vision’, ‘Freedumb’ and finally, ‘Pledge’. This has been a sold-out gig for the history books.