A few months ago, A Day To Remember announced a small tour, hitting clubs in various cities across the US. Parkway Drive and State Champs would be supporting them on their headlining dates. These intimate club shows sold out well in advance. On Wednesday, May 4th, the tour came to Rams Head Live in Baltimore, Maryland, the first of three dates in the area.
State Champ’s 30 minute set was full of energy. The crowd kept moving too, with mosh pits and crowd surfers. The band asked who had seen them before, and thanked everybody for coming out early to catch their set. They also told fans to catch them on this year’s Vans Warped Tour, taking place over the summer. State Champs ended their time with “Elevated,” off of their album, The Finer Things.
Next up was Parkway Drive. Between their songs, fans began a chant of the band’s name. The five-piece band from Australia seemed to truly enjoy being on stage. They played songs off of their various albums during their 40 minute set, such as “Vice Grip.” Parkway Drive ended their set with “Crushed,” which was a part of their 2015 album, Ire.
Before A Day To Remember took the stage, venue staff got ready for them. Water bottles were thrown into the crowd to keep the packed-in fans hydrated. A Day To Remember opened with “The Downfall of Us All.” As soon as the band started playing, beach balls were thrown into the crowd, confetti was shot off of the stage, and steam went up into the air. The show included other fun theatrics like that, including toilet paper rolls being thrown out later in the set and streamers getting blasted into the crowd as the set came to a close. During the 70 minutes that they play, A Day To Remember made sure to pay attention to the crowd, throwing guitar picks all the way back to the sound booth and up to the balcony. The band members made eye contact with the fans up front and those crowd surfing, fist bumping those that they could reach. During “Sometimes You’re the Hammer, Sometimes You’re the Nail,” lead singer Jeremy McKinnon got off the stage and went down by the crowd, encouraging fans to get close enough to sing into his microphone. After playing “All Signs Point to Lauderdale”, A Day To Remember left the stage. They came back for a three song encore, which included an acoustic rendition of “If It Means a Lot to You”, “All I Want”, and their closing song of “The Plot to Bomb the Panhandle,” which ended with streamers falling around the crowd as the night came to a close.