The band that I had gone to Warped Tour for was The Wonder Years. The only time that I had seen them previously was at the acoustic in-store when their latest album “The Greatest Generation” came out and had never seen them perform full band in tow so I was looking forward to it.
They were playing directly after Bring Me The Horizon early in the day at 1:20. The crowd switched out and grew and swelled until it was a massive amount of people. The first song that The Wonder Years played was “Passing Through A Screen Door”, a single off “The Greatest Generation”. I’m always disappointed when The Wonder Years don’t really play much off of “The Upsides”- they only played two songs during the Warped set, that being “Logan Circle” and “Washington Square Park”. Dan (Soupy) Campbell was extraordinarily sentimental; you could tell that the band truly appreciated the enthusiasm and they looked up into the crowd acknowledging the outpouring of sentiment.
Over the course of their set, Dan said some words of encouragement to us kids. he mentioned that I was soon as you get something good in this world they try and take it away from you and he claims it would just be better to get rid of it entirely rather than letting anyone take it. During “Don’t Let Me Cave In”, a song off the album “Suburbia”, was a song that everyone could get in to- even the security cards were headbanging. Everyone knew the words and everyone knew to callbacks as well- it was a fantastic sense of community that The Wonder Years of so successfully created.
I know that I wasn’t the only person who want to Warped basically just to see The Wonder Years because people were still talking about their set all day. I was absolutely blown away by it all. It was impressive the way that the band has made such iconic image for themselves between Hank the pigeon and their classic pop punk sound. Some people and that didn’t look like they would be the biggest fans were going intensely hard in the crowd. So many people knew all the words and you could see that it brought a smile to the bands’ face that they had such dedicated and hard-core fans. For me personally TWY has been an intensely influential band and I hadn’t actually expected to cry during their set. I said I would but I didn’t think that it would actually happen. during the last song, “Came Out Swinging”, another tune off of “Suburbia”, the last line of the song is “I spent the winter writing songs about getting better if I’m being honest I’m getting there” and as soon as I sang that line I burst out into tears. I was pretty much one of the only people crying and didn’t really care because I just couldn’t help it, I couldn’t hold back.
It was absolutely incredible wait no, it was phenomenal, and the people there were really passionate. The Wonder Years are here to stay impacting fans at the very core of their being.
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