A night to remember: ADTR touts hits following return to the music scene
Sitting was not an option at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Wednesday.
From the opening acts on, the A Day to Remember show was marked with energetic crowd surfing and fans on the move. Early on, A Day to Remember lead vocalist Jeremy McKinnon made it explicit:
"All right, Des Moines, this is how it's going to go tonight, you give us energy, and we're going to give it ... back to you," McKinnon shouted.
And that they did: A large circle formed in the middle of the arena, and shirtless fans ran around shoving and pushing against each other.
During "Better Off This Way," several fans surfboard-crowd-surfed to the front. What does that mean exactly? An audience member stands on top of another audience member who is crowd surfing, which imitates a surfboard. It looked painful and dangerous, but hey, it's a rock show.
For "Rescue Me," rainbow lights glowed from the stage before beach balls were released into the crowd, which tied in with the tropical feel of the track's music video.
Fans were excited as the band performed "Degenerates" from their new project, "You're Welcome," set to release Nov. 15. For the end of "Sometimes You're The Hammer, Sometimes You're The Nail," McKinnon came down to the crowd to shake fans' hands.
After "I'm Made of Wax, Larry, What Are You Made Of?" the crowd wanted more, shouting, "One more song!"
The band gave an encore of the three tracks. "All Signs Point to Lauderdale" led to streamers and band T-shirts being thrown into the crowd.
The band topped it off with "The Plot to Bomb the Panhandle" from the band's second studio album, "For Those Who Have A Heart." The arena felt like an earthquake, and if you didn't have your memory harmed by getting tumbled over during the show, it was surely a night to remember.
ADTR set list:
1) "Downfall of Us All"
2) "All I Want"
3) "Mr. Highway's Thinking About the End"
5) "Sticks and Bricks"
6) "Better Off This Way"
7) "My Own Worst Enemy" Lit cover
8) "Right Back at It Again"
9) "Rescue Me"
10) "Have Faith in Me"
13) "Sometimes You're the Hammer, Sometimes You're the Nail"
14) "End of Me"
15) "2nd Sucks"
16) "I'm Made of Wax, Larry, What Are You Made Of?"
17) "If It Means a Lot to You"
18) "All Signs Point to Lauderdale"
19) "The Plot to Bomb the Panhandle"