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  • Tracy Heck

The 69 Eyes return to Michigan

Updated: Feb 8, 2020

After 11 years, The 69 Eyes finally made their long-awaited return to Michigan on Tuesday, January 28, rocking the stage in Flint at the famous Machine Shop.

The Finnish gothic rock band kicked off their Hell Has No Mercy tour last Friday in Brooklyn and will be traveling the U.S. through February 22.

The 69 Eyes are out touring in support of their 12th studio album West End, which features new single "Hell Has No Mercy."

The band recently released a lyric video for the track directed by Vincente Cordero and featuring fire performer, model, and artist, Dani Divine. The video can be seen here.

The track was one of five new songs to make the band's 17 song set that also included first single "27 & Done" and the moody "Cheyenna."

Tuesday's Machine Shop show was opened by The Crowned before Sumo Cyco hit the stage engaging in a enthusiastic performance that amped up the enthusiastic crowd.

They were followed up by Wednesday 13. who are out promoting their new album, Necrophaze.

The horror rock act kicked off their set with the song of the same name before rolling through some crowd favorites like "I Want You...Dead," "Scream Baby Scream" and "Keep Watching The Skies."

Throughout the set, it was the antics, props and costume changes by frontman Wednesday 13 (Joseph Poole) that really captured the crowd's attention and kept them engaged throughout.

Last week, Wednesday 13 debuted a new lyric video for the track "Monster", which features vocals from Lacuna Coil's Cristina Scabbia.

As the banners for The 69 Eyes were revealed to the crowd, they were already chanting for them. The enthusiastic fans were more than ready to rock with them as they hit the stage with the fist pounding newer track "Two Horns Up."

The "Helsinki Vampires" have been rocking stages across the world for 30 years now and in that time they've amassed a vast catalog of both emotional ballads and pure rockers.

On Tuesday they struck a nice balance between the two as they pulled out tracks from every point of their career.

Frontman Jyrki 69 has a unique baritone voice that invokes a bit of Johnny Cash, Elvis and Peter Steele all mixed in with his own dark flavor that brings the band's songs to life.

On Tuesday he showcased it all to the delight of the crowd, leaving them wanting more.

Beasts like "Never Say Die," "Perfect Skin" and "The Chair" sat alongside dark ballads "Borderline," "Wasting The Dawn" and "Feel Berlin."

After closing things out with "Brandon Lee", The 69 Eyes returned for a encore of "Framed In Blood," "Dance D' Amour" and "Lost Boys."

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