Well, in all honesty, it wasn't the full capacity of the arena. I saw 3 of the 200 sections being curtained off. Plus, there were still some open seats around the arena and the GA wasn't completely filled to the brim. Still, if someone told me that, at least, 10,000 people showed up, I believe them. It was a good crowd as well. Having Three Days Grace as support helped as well.
Oddly enough, when Three Days Grace started, they had around 30% of the crowd show up and they were impartial to them (like crowds were to AB when they opened for Breaking Benjamin and Disturbed in 2016). After they played I Hate Everything About You, Animal I Have Become, Never Too Late, and Riot, the crowd ended up being doubled and they got some circle pits going in the crowds and people singing along to these songs that a mainstream arena modern rock crowd should know and were chanting Three Days Grace so I say Three Days Grace did a great job as a support that AB couldn't do in 2016 (which isn't AB's fault per say, but you look at the mainstream radio success 3DG has in the last 15 years compared to AB and sadly, it is no contest. Again, not AB's fault as we know they have enough songs that should have warranted that mainstream radio success that the giants in that genre has).
As for Disturbed, they were tremendous. I thought that people does not give Disturbed enough credit for having enough solid songs to deliver a 100 minutes set, but not only they did that, they were just great performers. Sure, David Draiman goes crazy with the "Let me see those fists in the air," but in all fairness, that's the part of the charm of a Disturbed show isn't it? Also, they had a video screen in the background with some nice visuals, pyro in a couple of songs, plus a smaller stage where they did a few acoustic-like songs. At least half the crowd in the seats were on their feet the entire time and, virtually, everyone was on their feet for the big songs (especially, of course, Down with the Sickness), plus there were like 3 circle pits that was going throughout the show. Again, I was probably the only guy wearing an AB t-shirt (the Royal Albert Hall shirt I got from buying the bundle on Napalm Records store), but at least, I had one couple complementing me on the shirt I wore so that's a win in my book.
Above all else, being in that crowd felt like coming home. This was probably the first show since the Breaking Benjamin show in 2017 where I went to a show that had a mainstream modern rock crowds (you know, crowds that would sport the A7X and the FFDP and Breaking Benjamin and the likes shirts) and I missed that in 2018. Big Wreck had a niche crowd (small, but fierce as Ian Thornley stated), Myles had a crowd that was the majority of AB die-hards (they were still awesome of course) and classic rock fans, Lindsey Stirling/Evanescence was more of a crossover sorta crowd, Owl City had die-hard Owl City fans and not much else, and Trans-Siberian Orchestra attracted people that normally wouldn't listen to rock. So seeing that Disturbed show, I was looking forward to be that sort of modern hard rock crowd again and I like it and I hope to be part of that again when I see Nothing More in February.
So all of that in mind, around 50-55 minutes of Three Days Grace and around 100-ish minutes of Disturbed and both were solid sets and a solid view of the stage with no dickheads around me. I would say that was certainly worth the $40.00 ticket I nabbed a few weeks back. If I wanted to pay an additional $25.00, I could have nabbed a good view in GA. When I got to my seat, I saw there wasn't that much people in GA, I could have gotten a great view in the first 10 rows of GA.
First concert in 2019 for me was a fantastic start and I'm now doubting whether or not the Chris Cornell Tribute show can top that. At first, I would think it is a no-brainer, but if it becomes too much a corporate-like event and celebrities stroking their egos and profiting off one of the best vocalists of our time, I wouldn't stand for that. If it turns out to be just the guys in Temple of the Dog, Soundgarden, Audioslave just non-stop playing their songs that defines Chris Cornell as a musician, then it would be that tremendous once of a lifetime event, but I haven't heard anything on how the show is formatted except for the start time so I'm skeptic for now.