Saliva blew the roof off Manchester Music Hall with a power-packed set of hard driving metal.
Touring with Puddle of Mudd as the main support along with Tantric and Soil on The Ressurection Tour, Saliva is in good company. These bands all share a place in the post-grunge movement of the late 1990’s/early 2000’s when metal experienced a resurgence that has continued today. To have them touring together is a metal fan’s dream and they showed up in droves to be part of this night. In an evening of highlights, Saliva’s performance is possibly THE highlight of the show.
When the lights drop and the theme from “The Beverly Hillbillies” plays overhead there’s some laughter from the crowd until the band walked on stage and got down to business. “Ladies and Gentlemen” was an obvious choice to kick off their set. The lyrics, “You’re about to be bowled over by the wonders you’re about to behold here” was the perfect setup for what was to follow. Frontman Bobby Amaru lead Saliva through a string of high octane metal songs that had the crowd fully engaged from the outset. As the night progressed it was hot, hard and heavy at Lexington’s Manchester Music Hall with plenty of headbanging, bouncing, and at one point moshing. Taking a moment to express gratitude for the United States military, the band dedicated “Army” to those in the service. Saliva tore through covers of “In the Air Tonight” and “Another Brick in the Wall” earning cheers of approval. 2002’s hit single,”Always” had the crowd singing “I love you. I hate you. I can’t live without you.” at the top of their lungs, while a group of diehards thrashed and moshed in the audience. There was a sustained level of raw energy coming from the band and reflected back from the audience culminating with “Click Click Boom” and when the show came to an end and the band left the stage, the crowd was exhausted and wanting more.