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Doyle Tour Brings the Abominable Showman to Charlotte

As We Die World Abomination Tour

Halloween 2018 may be in the past, but there are still treats to be had if you’re a fan of horror punk. Doyle, self-titled project of former Misfits guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein, is currently on the second leg of their As We Die World Abomination Tour. After spending the summer touring in Europe, the band returns to the U.S. for the remainder of the year and I caught them on Saturday, November 17 as their tour hearse pulled into Charlotte, NC at the Fillmore Underground.

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First off though, we had a couple local openers. Metal outfit Haymaker had the unenviable task of warming up a sparse crowd that was still trickling in. The energy level in the room seemed to be on the rise as I saw some heads banging by the end of their set.

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Next were rockers Scars Remain. If they seemed lighter fare, it was only from being sandwiched between two heavier acts. Some catchy, melodic hard rock.

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The audience, while still less in number than I had anticipated, was starting to wake up. Chants of “Doyle” turned to chants of “drummer” as Wade Murff was the first to appear onstage. Once he was settled in behind his kit, things got going in earnest as the rest of the band joined and launched into the title track from the 2013 album Abominator. Setlist was nearly evenly split between that album and last year’s Doyle II: As We Die. Vocalist Alex “Wolfman” Story prefaced every song with some variation of “This is kind of a love song, you can dance to it,” but otherwise kept the banter to a minimum.

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Visually, Doyle himself was the main draw. With his signature devilock hairstyle, custom “Annihilator” guitar, face paint, and sculpted torso, he has one of the most iconic looks in rock. Banging on his guitar for punctuation, he and Story prowled about the stage while bassist Brandon Strate mostly stayed to the side and out of their way. Probably a wise choice as the Underground doesn’t have a particularly large stage. Other that a fog machine that mostly obscured Murff, there was no additional enhancement. Not that there was any needed. Light shows or confetti cannons would just been distractions.

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Sound was spot-on throughout the night and perhaps my only complaint was that Doyle’s set was a little on the short side. It was only after checking my watch that I realized it ran longer than it felt like. They played for slightly over an hour, but at a breakneck pace that followed the old show business maxim, “Always leave them wanting more.” And more I did want, but it was not to be had, as no encore was forthcoming.

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If you have even the remotest interest in horror punk, this is a tour to check out. These guys are true road warriors as there are over 30 remaining shows before wrapping things up just after the end of the year. So grab your friends, live or undead, and get out and support live music.

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See full gallery of the night here!

Doyle Setlist The Underground, Charlotte, NC, USA, As We Die World Abomination Tour 2018

Catch this tour:

Wilmington, NC
Wilmington, NC
Tue 7 PM22 guests
261 Main St, Worcester, MA
Worcester Palladium
Blackthorn 51
Wed 7 PM47 guests
80-12 51st Avenue, Queens, NY
Pittsburgh, PA
Pittsburgh, PA
Sat 7 PM CST8 guests
Ruby Lounge Madison, WI
Sun 6:30 PM CSTShared to Into The Pit Battleground
Saint Cloud, MN
Tue 7 PM CST6 guests
E Wisconsin St, Chippewa Falls, WI
Wed 5 PM CST562 guests
Des Moines, IA
Wed 7 PM CST29 guests
Des Moines, IA
Thu 6 PM CST546 guests
Omaha, NE
Springfield, MO
Sun 8 PM MST1,537 guests
Tue 7:30 PM PST1,003 guests
Seattle, WA
Wed 7 PM PST18 guests
1507 SE 39th Ave, Portland, OR
Wed 8 PM PST685 guests
Portland, OR
Thu 7 PM PST49 guests
Sacramento, CA
Fri 7 PM PST11 guests
1600 17th St, San Francisco, CA
San Francisco, CA
Sun 6 PM MSTAllyson Song River Jaynes is going
Mesa, AZ
Sun 7 PM MST36 guests
1306 W University Dr, Mesa, AZ
Mon 7 PM PST297 guests
San Diego, CA
Tue 7 PM MST7 guests
15 N Agassiz St, Flagstaff, AZ
Tue 8 PM MST325 guests
Flagstaff, AZ
Wed 7 PM PST1,726 guests
Santa Ana, CA
Thu 7 PM11 guests
Diamond Pub Concert Hall , Louisville, KY
Buffalo, NY
Fri 7 PM20 guests
Buffalo Iron Works , Buffalo, NY
Sat 7 PM42 guests
Debonair Music Hall
Wed 6:30 PM301 guests
Amityville, NY
Thu 8 PMBill Raymond is going
Philadelphia, PA
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
Sat 7 PM833 guests
Sun 8 PM194 guests
South Burlington, VT
Virginia Beach, VA
Vienna, VA
New York, NY

Once an aspiring male model, Kevin quickly realized he had a face that was better suited to being behind the camera. When he's not at a concert, he can often be found at sci-fi conventions or preparing for the coming zombie apocalypse.

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