Strnad died back in May at the age of 41, and in the period following his death the band considered how best to honor their singer. In September of this year, the band revealed that they would play a memorial show at Detroit’s St. Andrew’s Hall with co-founding guitarist Brian Eschbach taking on the role of frontman, while guitarist Bryan Knight returned to the group to take over guitar duties.
“We spent many days thinking about things like, ‘Is it over?’ None of us wanted it to end. We still feel like there’s a lot left to do,” Eschbach shared Decibels earlier this year. “I know Trevor would keep this band going if I went down a deep, dark path and wasn’t here. It’s bigger than us.”
“When we finally started talking about it, we thought, ‘Let’s redo it from the inside and see if Ryan wants to come back. And I’m going to take a crack at the vocals and see how it goes.” I can’t go out there and do Trevor’s voice or try to be him. I can only do the music from Black Dahlia Murder respectfully and try to do it as well as I can can. I’ve heard Trevor perform more than anyone else alive,” he then added.
According to Setlist.fm, The Black Dahlia Murder played a 15-song set as they returned to the concert stage. You can watch fan-shot footage of the entire show in the video below.
The Black Dahlia Murder Play First show since Trevor Strnad’s death in Detroit
The Black Dahlia Murder – Detroit’s St. Andrew’s Hall Oct. 28, 2022 (per Setlist.fm)
1. “A Shrine to Madness”
5. “Kings of the Night World”
6. “Sunless Empire”
7. “Legal Monkey”
8. “On Stirring Seas of Salted Blood”
9. “Child of the Night”
10. “Everything Went Black”
12. “Funeral Thirst”
13. “What a terrible night to have a curse”
14. “I’ll Be Back”
15. “Deathmask Divine”
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