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Baroness Shreds the Night Away at The Ritz Ybor in Tampa

Tampa, Fl. (October 17th, 2023)

Tampa, Florida, witnessed a night of pure sonic bliss as Baroness took the stage at The Ritz Ybor. The energy in the air was palpable, and it was clear from the first notes that the audience was in for a rock ‘n’ roll treat.

The night kicked off with the hauntingly beautiful “Last Word,” setting the tone for an evening filled with progressive metal and hard-hitting rock. The crowd erupted as Baroness launched into “A Horse Called Golgotha,” and from that point on, it was a rollercoaster ride of musical excellence.

The dynamic duo of Gina Gleason and John Baizley on guitars was nothing short of breathtaking. Their incredible fretwork added layers of complexity to every song, taking the crowd on an exhilarating journey. They swapped solos throughout the night, showcasing their technical prowess and deep connection with their instruments.

As the setlist rolled on, the band delivered a string of fan favorites, including “March to the Sea,” “Isak,” “The Sweetest Curse,” and “Beneath the Rose.” The audience sang along, their voices blending with the thunderous sound of the music.

One of the standout moments of the evening was the medley of “If I Have to Wake Up (Would You Stop the Rain?)” and “Fugue.” The transition between these two songs was seamless, and it demonstrated Baroness’s musical versatility and creativity.

“Under the Wheel” and “Chlorine & Wine” continued to captivate the audience, their emotive lyrics and powerful instrumentation resonating with all in attendance. “Shine” and “Seasons” further showcased the band’s ability to craft intricate, emotionally charged songs.

After a momentary farewell, Baroness returned for a two-song encore that had the crowd begging for more. “War, Wisdom and Rhyme” and “Shock Me” were the perfect choices to close out the night, leaving fans in awe of the band’s exceptional talent and stage presence.

The atmosphere at The Ritz Ybor was electric, with fans feeding off the energy emanating from the stage. Baroness’s performance was a masterclass in modern rock, combining elements of metal, prog, and hard rock into a genre-defying experience.

In the end, Tampa was treated to an unforgettable night of music, and Baroness proved once again why they are a force to be reckoned with in the world of rock. With Gina Gleason and John Baizley leading the charge, their mesmerizing guitar work left a lasting impression on everyone fortunate enough to be in the audience. Baroness at The Ritz Ybor was a night to remember, and it’s safe to say that the band’s reputation as a live powerhouse is well-deserved.

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