Let’s take it back to the angsty teen years where we worshipped the color black and Fall Out Boy.
If you didn’t go through this phase at one point in your life, I would say you’re missing out a little bit but going to see Mayday Parade’s 10th anniversary show would definitely make up for it.
All the feels were let out as they went through their entire “A Lesson in Romantics” album. As someone who was a fan of Mayday Parade in middle school, I assumed I would be happy about being reminiscent but didn’t think I would be as impressed by their sheer talent. Not only are they amazing performers but the crowd makes the experience incredible. It is definitely an accomplishment for a band to have nearly every single person in the crowd know the words to all their songs, even a decade after the album came out.
I was expecting a rather tame show as I assumed Mayday Parade would consist of a lot of fangirls trying to relive simpler times, but honestly I was pleasantly surprised. The split between boys and girls was 60% fangirls, 10% fangirls’ boyfriends, and 30% boys, but that still called for a lot of crowd surfing, moshing, and singing with strangers. The saddest but most beautiful part of the show was when they sang “Terrible Things.” Now, if you know anything about this song, you’ve probably cried (or maybe you’re just heartless, who knows). Nonetheless, seeing everyone wave their lighters/flashlights in the air and sing the lyrics with the same emotion as Derek Sanders was an experience to say the least.
It was also impressive to see how long Mayday Parade performed for; I think this show tied with Kanye for longest set. They’re openers, Milestones and Knuckle Puck (featured below) were phenomenal and drew in a lot of their own fans, selling out the House of Blues. Mayday not only played their entire “A Lesson in Romantics” album but nearly a dozen more songs in addition to this, including covers to songs like “Yesterday” by the Beatles and the first song they ever wrote as a band together, “Three Cheers for Five Years.” Although the energy did die down at points towards the end, they were still able to get the crowd pumped up for the last few songs. Despite my sore legs and sore throat, it was definitely an experience I’m glad I was able to have and I’m excited for more bands to follow this trend of doing anniversary tours.