On September 8, 2021, Bayside finally got the chance to celebrate their milestone of being a band for 21 years with close friends and fans at Buffalo Riverworks in Buffalo, New York.

They call it the “21 Years Of Really Bad Luck” tour. And when I say ‘finally,’ I really mean finally. Bayside had to rebook this tour four times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Just like they shared on their social media, the rebooking process only made this tour sweeter.

Let’s get something out of the way before I discuss the show any further: Bayside and I are the same age. While walking around and celebrating Bayside’s milestone, I could not help but notice that I was one of the youngest ones in the venue.

Opening up the night was California punk rock band The Bombpops. It was my first time seeing The Bombpops perform, and it will not be my last. They were the perfect fit for the tour, especially with their songs “Notre Dame” and “Ca in July,” which they played in the second half of their set.

Playing second was emo favorites Hawthorne Heights. It was my first time seeing Hawthorne Heights in four years and I have to say, this set was one of their best sets yet. Not only did they play classics like “Ohio Is For Lovers” and “Saying Sorry,” they played “Constant Dread,” the first track off of their brand new album that features Counterpart’s Brendan Murphy.

Just before playing “Constant Dread,” JT discussed that in 2004 when they released The Silence in Black and White, most of the crowd were teenagers in high school. Then they grew up, hit their 20s and 30s, got a house, family, kids, jobs, etc. He said that your 30s are “constant dread.” Their new album The Rain Just Follows Me (released September 10, 2021) is the handbook for your 30s.

The energy and crowd surfers really took off when Senses Fail hopped on stage. Back in 2018, I caught the last few minutes of their set on the Vans Warped Tour. It was wonderful and truly an experience seeing them perform a full set outside of a festival setting.

Senses Fail carried the energy through their whole set by playing fan favorites like “Bite to Break The Skin” and “Can’t Be Saved” while also doing mini-covers of songs by System Of A Down and Limp Bizkit.

Bayside’s lead singer Anthony Raneri was right when he said the fans were not acting like it was a show on a “typical Wednesday night.” It was clear that everyone was beyond excited to be back at a show, especially a Bayside show. Fans from Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Utica, and more all came together to celebrate the 21st anniversary.

Reflecting back on their time as a band, Bayside shared that 20 years ago, they played their first show in Buffalo in the basement of a college student’s house. Along with this story, Bayside played a career-spanning set with hit songs like “Devotion And Desire,” “I’ve Been Dead All Day,” and songs from their 2019 album Interrobang, making it a sweet celebration that I, and I am sure many others, will not forget.

The ‘21 Years of Really Bad Luck’ tour is continuing to hit cities across the United States until October 5 (some dates are selling out) and it is a must-see event!

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