Four Year Strong Celebrates Ten Years Of Rise Or Die Trying
Four Year Strong took the stage at The End for a sold out show in Nashville. They were celebrating the ten-year anniversary of Rise Or Die Trying. I had never been to The End before (Surprising, I know), but I fell in love as soon as I walked in the door. Granted, no one asked me for a ticket so I’m pretty sure just about anyone could have walked into the tiny venue. There are stickers everywhere telling at least a year’s worth of stories. I planted myself at the bar. For the first time in my life, I found the perfect spot for being short.
When the show began everyone lost it. People were jumping from any elevated level into the crowd. At least three people were crowd surfing at a time, every single one screaming the lyrics to the songs. They played “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Hell” and “Prepare To Be Digitally Manipulated," two of my favorites from their debut album.
I haven’t seen a crowd that riled up in a really long time. It’s getting harder and harder to find people really celebrating a band, and I feel you really only see it at smaller venues. At one point in the show, the crowd began something a little more than a push pit. There was one guy actually moshing and inside I just wanted to high five him because that’s not typical of a pop-punk show. I had never seen Four Year Strong before, but now I wish I had never missed a show. They’ve been going ten-year strong since their debut with Rise Or Die Trying. Here’s to ten more.
Catch them at another stop on their tour. Most of the US dates are sold out but find cities and tickets here.
Photos by Garry Walden for Bullet Music