Amaranthe - Within Temptation - The Regency Ballroom 9/25/2014 - San Francisco, CA

As part of their ‘big markets’ tour, Within Temptation and Amaranthe played San Francisco’s the Regency ballroom. Being huge fans of Within Temptation back in the day, we wanted the opportunity to see them again after 10 years or so. Watching Amaranthe live has been a curiosity of us for quite a while now and we missed them on their last tour, so this was a great opportunity to catch them both.

Being a Thursday night, we managed to get into the city 30 minutes before the show started and we did not expect the scene we encountered. The line to get in was all the way around the corner… and the next block as well. The event was sold-out with over 1,200 tickets sold, and we had to be ready for Amaranthe’s set starting at 8 PM.

Eagerly waiting for the band to come out, there were many fans wearing Amaranthe shirts and chanting their name. We made our way to the photo pit right before the band took the stage.

Firing quickly with some of their catchier songs: Digital World and Hunger, the band made their presence felt with a great energy and their three-vocalist approach makes them very dynamic.

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While the bands energy was excellent and their on-stage chemistry is amazing, the performance felt odd with much of the band’s sound coming from pre-recorded samples. We appreciate it more when a band actually has a keyboardist or somebody handling those things rather than just hitting play.

Digital World
Massive Addictive
1.000.000 Lightyears
Call Out My Name
Drop Dead Cynical
The Nexus

After an excellent Amaranthe set, the crowd’s expectations grew higher as Within Temptation was closer to begin their set. While we haven’t quite liked most of the band’s latest stuff, they are known for excellent live shows and they sure did deliver at the Regency.

Using a very spacious stage layout and flexible LED stage screens, the band truly delivers a very immersive experience.  Being seasoned professionals, Sharon and company do a great job interacting with the crowd and with themselves, showing great levels of energy. One of the evening’s highlights was the very energetic cover of Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness” as well as the older tracks like Mother Earth and Ice Queen.

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The full setlist of the evening was:

Paradise (What About Us?)
Let Us Burn
In the Middle of the Night
Fire and Ice
Our Solemn Hour
Stand My Ground
Summertime Sadness (Lana Del Rey cover)
The Cross
And We Run
See Who I Am
Edge of the World
What Have You Done
Mother Earth


Covered By Roses
Sinéad (Acoustic)
Ice Queen

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