A Day To Remember Celebrates 15 Year Anniversary In Allentown with Packed Arena Show

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A Day To Remember brought their ‘15 Years In The Making Tour‘ to Allentown, Pennsylvania’s PPL Center on Friday, March 16th to celebrate their 15 years a band. Bringing along with them were special guests Papa Roach, Falling In Reverse, and The Devil Wears Prada. The ’15 Years In The Making Tour’ has been conquering the U.S. with sold out shows since its kick off on February 20th in Grand Rapids, MI and the tour has since wrapped up in St Augustine, FL on March 20th, with a completely sold out amphitheater show.

The Devil Wears Prada launched the evening with an action packed seven song setlist, only including one song, “Worldwide” from their latest record, Transit Blues. Mike Hranica made sure to use every space of the stage that the band was able to use with such an animated performance. Next to take the stage was high-spirited Ronnie Radke fronted, Falling In Reverse. Falling In Reverse performed for a solid 30 minutes including songs from 2011’s The Drug In Me Is You, 2013’s Fashionably Late, and unfortunately only one song from their 2017 release of Coming Home, in which the heavy hitting title track was not even played. The band did however perform their latest single “Losing My Mind” which has been rapidly becoming a fan favorite single of the bands, as their music video for the single just surpassed 2.8 million views on YouTube, after just one month since its release showing Falling In Reverse’s fan dedication. Pick up or stream their new single “Losing My Mind,” HERE.

The Philadelphia Eagles’ Victory song then flooding the venue as the house lights went dark, before the introduction robotic female voice told the crowd to chant “F-ck Papa Roach.” Papa Roach then kicking off their highly energetic set as the Crooked Teeth album art curtain dropped unveiling the band launching into their set with their eighth studio album title track, “Crooked Teeth.” Papa Roach’s setlist heavily influences by their smash hits, fan favorites, and their latest album, Crooked Teeth. The band landed two Mainstream Rock Number one singles from 2017’s Crooked Teeth album, with their anthemic singles “Born For Greatness” and “Help,” which the band also included within their 12 song, approx. 60 minute set. The band did not waste one minute of their set to give the fans what they came for, which was a blistering rock show in Allentown, PA and they did not disappoint. Jacoby Shaddix definitley goes down as one of the most energetic, enthusiastic frontman ever and that definitley shined throughout their entire performance including when he made a trek throughout the venue to get closer with his fans before returning to the stage to slow it down and really showcase his vocals during one of my personal favorite new songs from their latest album “Periscope,” in which the fans lit up the crowd with their cell phone lights and lighters. Ending their set with a sea of crowd surfers flooding over the barricade during “Last Resort” which was roared back at them from the fans in attendance.

A Day To Remember bursted onto the stage for their 20 song, 80-minute set with “I’m Made of Wax, Larry, What Are You Made Of?” from their third studio album, Homesick (2009) in which the band brought out special guest Mike Hranica to lend his vocals for the performance. A Day To Remember’s touring in celebration of the band’s 15 year anniversary, with the shows setlist spanning across the band’s entire six album discography showcasing their progression as a band and performing some deep cuts fans beg the band to perform throughout the years. Continuing their set with their very aggressive deepcut “You Already Know What You Are,” and the assertive “2nd Sucks” in which the dark red lights matched perfectly for the anger behind that song. The production than began during the third song as four massive video walls floated down upon the backdrop of the stage giving incredible visuals during each song of their set. Highlights of A Day To Remember’s set definitley included their fan favorite Kelly Clarkson cover of “Since You Been Gone” in which they recreated the American Idol logo to say their name and make their video walls behind them appear as if they were a contestant on an American Idol episode while they released massive beach balls into the crowd. Other highlights include their performance of “This is The House That Doubt Built” as they normally do not include this song in their setlist on tours, and is a song that many fans love, immediately erupting the crowd into one massive mosh pit. “Mr. Highway’s Thinking About the End” included an extraordinary sing-a-long with every single fan in attendance, who was drenched in sweat. The band had one of the largest circle pits during their single “Paranoia,” off their latest record Bad Vibrations but definitley comparable to the insane circle pit and wall of death during Papa Roach’s song “Traumatic.”

Another notable moment in ADTR’s set was during “Sometimes You’re The Hammer, Sometimes You’re The Nail” as frontman Jeremy McKinnon jumps into the crowd to sing the lyrics, “I reserve my right to feel uncomfortable reserve my right to be afraid, I make mistakes and I am humbled every step of the way. I want to be a better person I wanna know the master plan. Cast your stones, cast your judgement, you don’t make me who I am!” as fans crowd surf their way up to him to possibly have the change to fist bump or get the mic to sing with McKinnon. The bands acoustic performance of “I Remember” was one to remember, as their stripped it down to showcase their musicianship and how they have grown as musicians. During this song the video walls illuminated to a slideshow of photos of special moments that mean a lot to the band, mostly captured by their tour photographer, Adam Elmakias. Ending out their highly energetic, impactful, dynamic set with “The Downfall Of Us All” in which confetti showered the crowd. Shoutout to ADTR for changing up their setlist on this tour, including a different deepcut each night, depending on fan requests in the area and switching it up, making for a unique show each night.

Catch A Day To Remember this summer at Las Rageous (April 20th), Montebello Rockfest (June 14th), Hard Rock Casino (June 16th), Inkcarceration (July 13th), and Rock Fest (July 14th). Keep up to date with the band at www.ADTR.com!

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