Words & Photos by Brittany Isaacson
To celebrate 15 years of making music, A Day To Remember toured the country with support from Papa Roach, Falling In Reverse, and The Devil Wears Prada. What started as a local hardcore band in Ocala, FL, grew into one of the most successful bands of their genre. A Day To Remember has sold over a million units and over 900 million digital streams. The group continues to top the charts and sell out tours across the world. The 15 Years In The Making tour was no different, selling out 11 dates with the few others coming very close.
When the tour made its stop in Lowell, MA, there were only a handful of tickets left for the 6,000+ capacity venue. Fans wrapped around the building, eagerly awaiting for the doors to open. Once the mass of show-goers finished flooding in, the venue was packed wall-to-wall. The Devil Wears Prada, Falling In Reverse, and Papa Roach each put on dynamic performances. With each set, fans grew more excited for A Day To Remember.
When the background music came to a halt and the lights dimmed for the last time that night, a roar of cheers filled the room. A Day To Remember walked onto the stage, opening with one of their most popular songs, “I’m Made Of Wax, Larry, What Are You Made Of?” The group followed with another favorite off Homesick, “You Already Know What You Are.” ADTR welcomed The Devil Wears Prada vocalist Mike Hranica to the stage for some striking guest vocals. The set continued to pick up pace as they dove into “2nd Sucks” off What Separates Me From You. From the first line, “FIGHT!,” fans went nuts. Four huge screens on the stage portrayed a nostalgic video game theme, and CO2 cannons blasted clouds of smoke into the air. ADTR commanded everyone’s attention with their unparalleled energy and stage production.
Vocalist Jeremy Mckinnon made sure to keep everyone engaged throughout the 20-song set by shooting merch into the crowd, throwing toilet paper, or getting into the crowd for a couple intimate verses. At one point he asked fans to “surf” a crowd-surfer. Instantly fans rose up and surfed their way to the front, because when ADTR asks you to stand on top of somebody and surf your way to the stage, you do it.
Fans of all eras were pleased with the setlist, as it spanned all of the group’s discography. Highlights included “Have Faith In Me,” “All Signs Point To Lauderdale,” “Fast Forward to 2012,” and their famous cover, “Since U Been Gone.” There was no surprise that the crowd would want more, and A Day To Remember returned to the stage for a four-song encore.
The arena was filled with flashlights and lighters swaying side-to-side as they played fan favorite “If It Means A Lot To You.” The group held onto the acoustic guitars for one more song and played an acoustic version of “I Remember,” as the screens played a nostalgic slideshow of the band’s memories. The final two songs were none other than “The Plot To Bomb The Panhandle” off 2008’s For Those Who Have Heart, and lastly, “The Downfall Of Us All.”
There is truly nothing like an A Day To Remember concert. The production, the energy, and the vibe that fills the room is a unique experience and unites fans of all backgrounds. A Day To Remember has accomplished great things in these 15 years, and there is no doubt that we will see them reach many more milestones in the years to come.
The Devil Wears Prada
Falling In Reverse
A Day To Remember