Sweden’s Sabaton, “weapons” in tow, rolled into Reading’s Santander Arena in Eastern Pennsylvania this past September 8, 2021 as the opener for Judas Priest. This was the band’s first North American show in a long time and it was clear they were really stoked to be in front a live audience again.
While there were many Sabaton fans in attendance, it seemed that the more the band played, the more folks in the stands started getting up and dancing. Certainly many of the younger folks in attendance seemed to know many of the tunes while the older crowd seemed a bit more apprehensive at first. But by the fourth song, “Bismarck,” even the middle-aged metal veterans like myself were up and bouncing about. By the final track, “To Hell and Back,” the crowd seemed to be wanting a bit more really.
Even the most reticent listener can’t help but appreciate the musicianship and the energy that one of Sweden’s biggest bands brings to the stage, and the Santander Arena was a great spot for them with it’s wide stage and clear views. Lots of lighting changes, sound effects and the occasional gas mask made for an interesting and compelling experience.
As their slot on this tour is really to get more American fans acquainted with Sabaton, the band featured a mix of old and new songs. With an hour to perform, fans were able to experience a solid 12 songs. Folks in attendance were also treated to the live debut of “Steel Commanders,” which just released last month and will be featured on the upcoming full-length The War to End All Wars.
The Attack of the Dead Men
The Last Stand
The Red Baron
Fields of Verdun
Defence of Moscow
To Hell and Back
Catch Sabaton’s Tour at a venue near you!