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The Rebirth of Underoath, Part 2
So back in March, I did a guest post here that showed the beginning stages of The Rebirth of Underoath, a band that had called it quits a few years ago and decided to reunite to tour for the 10th and 12th anniversaries of their two biggest albums. Since then, the band has done their six week tour, and I was able to document parts of it in St. Petersburg, Nashville, and Orlando.

Tim McTague Underoath takes photos before soundcheck on March 16, 2016 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida
Tim McTague Underoath takes photos before soundcheck on March 16, 2016 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida
Spencer Chamberlain and Aaron Gillespie of Underoath prepare for soundcheck on March 16, 2016 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida
Spencer Chamberlain and Aaron Gillespie of Underoath prepare for soundcheck on March 16, 2016 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida
Grant Brandell of Underoath meets with fans on March 16, 2016 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida
Grant Brandell of Underoath meets with fans on March 16, 2016 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida
Spencer Chamberlain, Aaron Gillespie, Tim McTague, James Smith, and Grant Brandell of Underoath meet before their show on March 16, 2016 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida
Spencer Chamberlain, Aaron Gillespie, Tim McTague, James Smith, and Grant Brandell of Underoath meet before their show on March 16, 2016 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida
Underoath and Josh Scogin of '68 make a toast before their show on March 16, 2016 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida
Underoath and Josh Scogin of ’68 make a toast before their show on March 16, 2016 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida
Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath performs soundcheck on March 16, 2016 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida
Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath performs soundcheck on March 16, 2016 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida
Elizabeth McTague watches as Underoath performs soundcheck on March 16, 2016 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida
Elizabeth McTague watches as Underoath performs soundcheck on March 16, 2016 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida

The guys kicked their tour off at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida, the same place they played their final show in 2013. Since it was the first show of the tour, they were also taking pictures of everything for themselves and getting back into the swing of doing sound check and meeting with VIP fans. And of course, the VVIPs, their families!

Chris Dudley of Underoath performs on March 16, 2016 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida
Chris Dudley of Underoath performs on March 16, 2016 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida
Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath performs on March 16, 2016 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida
Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath performs on March 16, 2016 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida
Aaron Gillespie of Underoath performs on March 16, 2016 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida
Aaron Gillespie of Underoath performs on March 16, 2016 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida
Chris Dudley, Tim McTague, Spencer Chamberlain, Aaron Gillespie, Grant Brandell, and James Smith of Underoath perform on March 16, 2016 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida
Chris Dudley, Tim McTague, Spencer Chamberlain, Aaron Gillespie, Grant Brandell, and James Smith of Underoath perform on March 16, 2016 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida
Grant Brandell of Underoath performs on March 16, 2016 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida
Grant Brandell of Underoath performs on March 16, 2016 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida
Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath performs on March 16, 2016 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida
Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath performs on March 16, 2016 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida
Spencer Chamberlain and Grant Brandell of Underoath perform on March 16, 2016 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida
Spencer Chamberlain and Grant Brandell of Underoath perform on March 16, 2016 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida
Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath performs on March 16, 2016 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida
Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath performs on March 16, 2016 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida
Chris Dudley of Underoath performs on March 16, 2016 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida
Chris Dudley of Underoath performs on March 16, 2016 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida
Grant Brandell and James Smith of Underoath perform on March 16, 2016 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida
Grant Brandell and James Smith of Underoath perform on March 16, 2016 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida
Chris Dudley of Underoath performs on March 16, 2016 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida
Chris Dudley of Underoath performs on March 16, 2016 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida
Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath leaves the stage on March 16, 2016 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida
Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath leaves the stage between albums on March 16, 2016 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida
Chris Dudley and Tim McTague of Underoath perform on March 16, 2016 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida
Chris Dudley and Tim McTague of Underoath perform on March 16, 2016 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida
Fans cheer and sing along with Underoath as they perform on March 16, 2016 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida
Fans cheer and sing along with Underoath as they perform on March 16, 2016 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida
Tim McTage, Spencer Chamberlain, and Grant Brandell of Underoath perform on March 16, 2016 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida
Tim McTague, Spencer Chamberlain, and Grant Brandell of Underoath perform on March 16, 2016 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida
Underoath perform on March 16, 2016 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida
Underoath perform on March 16, 2016 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida

The guys played as if they’d never taken a break, and the crowd loved it.

Jay Vilardi of The Almost, Aaron Gillespie of Underoath and The Almost, and Tim McTague and James Smith of Underoath chat outside Rocketown on April 11, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee
Jay Vilardi of The Almost, Aaron Gillespie of Underoath and The Almost, and Tim McTague and James Smith of Underoath chat outside Rocketown on April 11, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee
Underoath prepare to take the stage on April 11, 2016 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee
Underoath prepare to take the stage on April 11, 2016 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee
Josiah Ronco checks mics before Underoath perform on April 11, 2016 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee
Josiah Ronco checks mics before Underoath perform on April 11, 2016 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee

A few weeks later, I joined them in Nashville for their show at Rocketown.

James Smith of Underoath performs on April 11, 2016 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee
James Smith of Underoath performs on April 11, 2016 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee
Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath performs on April 11, 2016 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee
Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath performs on April 11, 2016 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee
Grant Brandell of Underoath performs on April 11, 2016 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee
Grant Brandell of Underoath performs on April 11, 2016 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee
The crowd illuminates the venue with their cell phones as Underoath perform on April 11, 2016 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee
The crowd illuminates the venue with their cell phones as Underoath perform on April 11, 2016 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee
Tim McTague and Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath perform on April 11, 2016 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee
Tim McTague and Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath perform on April 11, 2016 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee

This was an interesting show because the venue has a no crowdsurfing policy, something that is pretty much a staple at any rock show. Now, my understanding is that many venues have such a policy, but it’s more or less for liability purposes so they can’t get sued if someone gets hurt. It’s not really strictly enforced… Except it was at this venue. By venue staff kicking people out of the show.

Tim McTague of Underoath performs on April 11, 2016 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee
Tim McTague of Underoath performs on April 11, 2016 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee
Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath jumps into the crowd on April 11, 2016 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee
Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath jumps into the crowd on April 11, 2016 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee
Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath performs on April 11, 2016 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee
Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath performs on April 11, 2016 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee
Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath performs on April 11, 2016 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee
Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath performs on April 11, 2016 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee

The show started normally enough. The band took the stage, and eventually a few people started crowd surfing. As they made their way to the front and into the photo pit, security took them to the side to put them back out into the crowd. Except here is where they were intercepted by venue staff and shown the side door exit. The band saw this, stopped the show, and told them to stop kicking people out.

Underoath perform on April 11, 2016 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee
Underoath perform on April 11, 2016 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee
Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath performs on April 11, 2016 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee
Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath performs on April 11, 2016 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee
Underoath perform on April 11, 2016 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee
Underoath perform on April 11, 2016 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee

The rest of the night, the fans still crowd surfed, but they stopped short of the photo pit and made their way back into the crowd so they wouldn’t be kicked out.

Chris Dudley, Tim McTague, Aaron Gillespie, Spencer Chamberlain, Grant Brandell, and James Smith of Underoath perform on April 11, 2016 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee
Chris Dudley, Tim McTague, Aaron Gillespie, Spencer Chamberlain, Grant Brandell, and James Smith of Underoath perform on April 11, 2016 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee
Aaron Gillespie of Underoath performs on April 11, 2016 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee
Aaron Gillespie of Underoath performs on April 11, 2016 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee
Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath performs on April 11, 2016 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee
Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath performs on April 11, 2016 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee

Toward the end of the band’s set, one of their good friends who had been stage side for the entire show decided to stage dive and crowd surf. Once he made his way back to the front and into the photo pit, someone from the venue grabbed him to kick him out. The band’s guitarist saw this happening, jumped off stage, grabbed him away and pulled him back in. He then got back on stage, stopped the show again, and basically said, “You guys are here to have fun. Everybody, on stage, NOW.”

Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath greets the crowd as they make their way on stage on April 11, 2016 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee
Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath greets the crowd as they make their way on stage on April 11, 2016 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee
At least one security guard seemed ot find the humor in the crowd joining the band onstage as Underoath perform on April 11, 2016 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee
At least one security guard seemed to find the humor in the crowd joining the band onstage as Underoath perform on April 11, 2016 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee
Tim McTague of Underoath performs with the crowd on stage on April 11, 2016 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee
Tim McTague of Underoath performs with the crowd on stage on April 11, 2016 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee
Tim McTague of Underoath performs with the crowd on stage on April 11, 2016 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee
Tim McTague of Underoath performs with the crowd on stage on April 11, 2016 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee
The crowd joins the band on stage as Underoath perform on April 11, 2016 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee
The crowd joins the band on stage as Underoath perform on April 11, 2016 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee
James Smith of Underoath laughs as the crowd begins to take over the stage on April 11, 2016 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee
James Smith of Underoath laughs as the crowd begins to take over the stage on April 11, 2016 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee
Tim McTague thanks the audience at the end of Underoath's performance on April 11, 2016 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee
Tim McTague thanks the audience at the end of Underoath’s performance on April 11, 2016 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee

From there it was basically chaos for the next 10 minutes or so. So, what started out as a decent show ended up being a very memorable show for everyone who was there!

Fast forward a few weeks to the final show of the tour in Orlando…

Chris Dudley, Tim McTague, Spencer Chamberlain, and James Smith of Underoath perform on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida
Chris Dudley, Tim McTague, Spencer Chamberlain, and James Smith of Underoath perform on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida

The band played a sold-out show at Hard Rock Live, their first time playing this venue.

Chris Dudley of Underoath spends time with his family before the band's show on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida
Chris Dudley of Underoath spends time with his family before the band’s show on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida
Spencer Chamberlain, Chris Dudley, and Aaron Gillespie of Underoath take the elevator to the stage with friends on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida
Spencer Chamberlain, Chris Dudley, and Aaron Gillespie of Underoath take the elevator to the stage with friends on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida

For me, it’s always fun having all access at venues, because most of the time when I just have a regular photo pass, I’m relegated to the same areas as everyone else. But with all access, I can explore backstage and see the full venue and dressing rooms and all.

Chris Dudley, Tim McTague, Aaron Gillespie, tour techs JJ and Josiah Ronco, and Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath prepare to take the stage on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida
Chris Dudley, Tim McTague, Aaron Gillespie, tour techs JJ and Josiah Ronco, and Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath prepare to take the stage on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida
Spencer Chamberlain, Aaron Gillespie, Chris Dudley (hidden) guitar tech Josiah Ronco, James Smith, Grant Brandell, and Tim McTague of Underoath prepare to take the stage on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida
Spencer Chamberlain, Aaron Gillespie, Chris Dudley (hidden), guitar tech Josiah Ronco, James Smith, Grant Brandell, and Tim McTague of Underoath prepare to take the stage on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida

I also just love capturing the moments before the band takes stage, as they’re getting themselves pumped up and ready to go.

Grant Brandell of Underoath performs on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida
Grant Brandell of Underoath performs on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida
Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath performs on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida
Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath performs on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida
Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath crowd surfs on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida
Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath crowd surfs on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida
Jordan Trowell crowd surfs as Underoath perform on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida
Jordan Trowell crowd surfs as Underoath perform on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida
Tim McTague of Underoath performs on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida
Tim McTague of Underoath performs on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida
Aaron Gillespie of Underoath performs on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida
Aaron Gillespie of Underoath performs on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida
Tim McTague, Spencer Chamberlain, and Grant Brandell of Underoath perform on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida
Tim McTague, Spencer Chamberlain, and Grant Brandell of Underoath perform on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida
Underoath perform on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida
Underoath perform on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida
Underoath perform on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida
Underoath perform on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida
Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath performs on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida
Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath performs on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida
Spencer Chamberlain and Aaron Gillespie of Underoath perform on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida
Spencer Chamberlain and Aaron Gillespie of Underoath perform on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida
Grant Brandell of Underoath performs on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida
Grant Brandell of Underoath performs on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida
Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath performs on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida
Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath performs on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida
Aaron Gillespie of Underoath performs on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida
Aaron Gillespie of Underoath performs on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida
Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath performs on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida
Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath performs on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida
Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath performs on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida
Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath performs on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida
James Smith of Underoath performs on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida
James Smith of Underoath performs on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida
Chris Dudley, Tim McTague, Spencer Chamberlain, Aaron Gillespie, Grant Brandell, and James Smith of Underoath perform on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida
Chris Dudley, Tim McTague, Spencer Chamberlain, Aaron Gillespie, Grant Brandell, and James Smith of Underoath perform on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida
Chris Dudley, Tim McTague, Spencer Chamberlain, Aaron Gillespie, Grant Brandell, and James Smith of Underoath perform on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida
Chris Dudley, Tim McTague, Spencer Chamberlain, Aaron Gillespie, Grant Brandell, and James Smith of Underoath perform on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida
Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath performs on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida
Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath performs on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida

And once they are ready to go, they give it their all, and the fans can’t get enough!

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While it may not be 100% sharp, I still love this succession of shots of my buddy Charlie stage diving for the first time, especially the last shot where his feet are just straight up in the air (he was mostly okay)!

James Smith of Underoath performs as his son watches on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida
James Smith of Underoath performs as his son watches on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida

Speaking of firsts, sometimes it’s not the big moments happening on stage or in the crowd that are the important ones, but the seemingly small moments happening on the side of the stage. This guy got to see his dad play live for the first time this night!

Tim McTague, Grant Brandell, James Smith, Aaron Gillespie, Spencer Chamberlain, and Chris Dudley of Underoath pose for a group shot with the sold-out crowd on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida
Tim McTague, Grant Brandell, James Smith, Aaron Gillespie, Spencer Chamberlain, and Chris Dudley of Underoath pose for a group shot with the sold-out crowd on April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida

And, of course, at the end of the show, I made sure the band came out to let me get a shot of them with the crowd in the background. I’ll never get tired of shooting stuff like this!

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  1. Some great shots in there Brad !
    Lyle

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