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Radke and Mabbitt Bury the Hatchet

By Jessica O’Donnell
Staff Writer

“Bury the hatchet” is an American English phrase meaning “to make peace.” Falling in Reverse and Escape the Fate are two post-hard- core bands, who did not have a peaceful past. The Falling in Reverse front man Ronnie Radke had been the previous front man for Escape the Fate. In 2006, Radke was involved in a fatal shooting in Las Vegas. While Radke was not the behind the shooting, he was indicted with battery. Due to the charge and his past with drugs, he was sentenced to five years’ probation.

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In June 2008, Radke failed to report to his parole officer and was then was arrested and sentenced to two years in prison. After this, Escape the Fate kicked Radke out and replaced him with former Bless the Fall lead man Craig Mabbitt. In 2008, Radke created a new band from behind bars, Falling in Reverse. By 2010, they began recording their first studio album. The bands previously had a large rivalry with each other. Fans were split down the line, and Falling in Reverse’s first album trashed Escape the Fate through the choice of lyrical content.

On Oct. 28, 2013, the bands both annouced that they would be touring together. After the shock factor wore off, Mabbitt and Radke had an interview together in which they shared that they wanted to put the feud behind them and become friends. They named their tour “Bury the Hatchet,” and it set to begin in January 2014. On Jan. 30 at the Best Buy Theater in New York City, bands Survive This! and Chelsea Grin opened up for Escape the Fate and Falling in Reverse. The venue was pretty large and it was a sold out show.

Doors opened at 6:30 p.m., and within minutes, the entire venue was packed. At around 8 p.m., Escape the Fate graced stage. To say the crowd was excited is an understatement; there was an immediate uproar of screaming, yelling, and singing. The band played a good variety of older songs as well as songs off their newest album, “Ungrateful.”

After many crowd surfers, and a few intense mosh pits, the band ended their set with “This War is Ours,” a fan favorite. After Escape the Fate’s set list, Falling in Reverse took over. They started their set list with a video: A mock intro of the “Full House” theme song featuring the Falling in Reverse band members. After the video, they took the stage
by storm. After another amazing set, they ended their main set list with “Raised by Wolves,” the band’s first single. They were called out for an encore and played two songs “Alone”, which is a single from their second and most recent album “Fashionably Late,” and “The Drug in Me is You.” After the encore, the band left the stage once more—but not for the last time.

All of a sudden, the entire crowd started chanting “Situations.” The song is from Radke’s first album with Escape the Fate, which is arguably one of the bands best songs. After the chanting, Radke and Mabbitt took the stage with another Escape the Fate former member Max Green, who had been one of Radke’s closest friends. The three of them performed two of Radke’s song with Escape the Fate. They played “Situations” and “Not Good Enough for Truth in Cliché.” The entire venue was in an uproar. It was truly an amazing show and a once in a lifetime experience.

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