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A Day To Remember, Worcester Palladium Worcester MA. Saturday, March 12, 2011

A Day To Remember know how to entertain a crowd.  

Before the show, while they were setting up the stage, there was a huge curtain with the ADTR bird from "For Those Who Have Heart".  The curtain dropped, the cannons bursted confetti and the band was on the stage, ready to start the show.   Their set consisted of ramps, a backdrop that looked like a city that had "ADTR" lit up front and center.  The lighting was awesome and the sound quality was phenomenal.  

Lead Singer, Jeremy McKinnon wouldn't stay still for long, he was full of energy.  I discovered something very interesting.  If your band does synchronized headbanging, you look stupid. 

If you all head bang but at different times, you still look stupid.  Luckily ADTR didn't do much of it, but when they did it was pretty amusing.   They were just playing through their set, with crowd pleasers like "All I Want" and "Monument".  When they started to play "I'm Made Of Wax, Larry, What Are You Made Of?" I thought to myself how awesome it would be if Mike Hranica was there, because he guest vocaled in that song.  Much to my surprise, and the surprise of the crowd, there Hranica was.  He didn't look like the scruffy, screaming, scrawny The Devil Wears Prada frontman I had come to known and love.  He was clean and put together and he screamed up a storm.  It was as though he came out of nowhere.  His new look came straight out of 'Revenge of The Nerds', what a great contrast.  

I always knew ADTR had a good sense of humour and were fun guys, but when Jeremy McKinnon in a gigantic hamster ball rolling around over the crowd and singing,  was just totally unbelievable.  It was cute and fun and unexpected.  I was just watching in awe glad that thing wasn't rolling over my head, but also amazed at the creativity of the antic.  

They played their songs and it sounded like I was listening to their album they were so good.  It was a flawless performance and at times I thought that they weren't even playing, until Jeremy would hold the mic to the crowd to hear them sing.  The crowd knew all the words and this made the band pumped.  They amped their performance and were having fun.  It was contagious and everyone was enjoying the show.  The more the band gave the more the crowd fed back the energy it was a give and take for maximum impact.  

My eyes were glued to the stage and it showed that this band was not only experienced but still loved what they do.  This was no 'get it done and lets get out' performance.  This was a real bona fide rock show with flash and smoke and cannons.   A Day To Remember kept the crowd entertained and I'm sure everyone walked away with ringing ears and lyrics in their lungs.    I had the great opportunity to have a sit down discussion with guitarist Kevin Skaff, that interview will be up soon. It was a night to remember.

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