“Love Metal” band HIM’s farewell tour made one of its final U.S. stops in the DMV to celebrate their long and successful career. The Bang & Whimper 2017 – The Farewell Tour is giving fans one last chance to see a live performance from HIM. Throughout the band’s two decade career, they have played everything from small club shows to large festivals. The band’s dedicated and devoted fans gathered to catch one of the last live performances – and they didn’t leave disappointed. Concertgoers started lining up to get their spot in the sold out venue at noon and some even traveled all the way from South America.
Taking the stage first was 3 Teeth – and if you haven’t heard of them before, they bring an industrial style of music that was made popular by acts like Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails. They have an incredible stage presence and put on a high energy show that left many fans surprised because of the live style of the headliner which is naturally softer but delivered in a way that compliments the music. CKY came on next and has long been associated with HIM because of skateboarder Bam Margera who became a huge advocate of the both HIM and CKY. Margera’s brother, Jesse, is also the drummer for CKY. While CKY played some of their more popular songs, they also performed material from their latest album The Phoenix, which was released in June 2017.
HIM closed the night and performed their last show in the area much to fans dismay. Ville Valo, the band’s front man, walked out to cheering fans and Finnish flags flying as the their instantly recognizable heartagram symbol glowed behind him on drummer, Jukka “Kosmo” Kröger’s kick drum. With this being a farewell tour and the band having many years of success, there was no shortage of material and HIM played the fan favorites.
Overall, the show was a fantastic display of the hard work and success that HIM has seen over the past 22 years.