Kakaty reminisced back to one of his first performances in this area in 2008 where he played for a fan base of “about 5 people.” He said it was rough back then but seemed inspired by the overwhelming support of his NJ fans now in 2018. “NJ always comes ready to party. You are quickly becoming one of the biggest supporters of Pop Evil,” he told the audience. The band worked through the setlist of past and current favorites, arranged in an order that built upon the energy of each previous song. As they arrived at their final song “Take It All,” fans were jumping up and down, crowd surfing, and singing at the top of their lungs.
The encore consisted of three chart toppers: “100 in A 55,” “Footsteps,” and “Trenches.” After alternating his singing with the crowd for “Footsteps”, Leigh wiped a tear from his face. “There is no greater feeling in this business than hearing your fans singing your songs. Thank you for allowing us to be part of the soundtrack of your lives.” He seemed genuinely touched and grateful.
In a recent interview with Loudwire, Kakaty mentioned the process of defining who Pop Evil is and what the band’s meaning was to their fans, as well as themselves. He linked POP to a feeling of finality, and EVIL to their hard rock foundation. When fans define Pop Evil for themselves, they seem to connect to the message of the band’s lyrics, which is what makes them such a unique musical force. It’s difficult to write lyrics promoting personal betterment and positivity to the backdrop of hard rock, but Pop Evil does just that. And it comes off as a brilliant combination that makes this band truly unique and loved.
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