It’s hard to believe it’s been almost ten years since Mayday Parade released their debut album A Lesson in Romantics in July of 2007. What isn’t hard to believe is how many dedicated fans have stuck with them, and how many new ones have continued to discover and fall in love with the iconic album and unforgettable band. They are currently on tour celebrating the ten-year anniversary of their first record, and on Saturday April 22nd, the JBTV alums took us back in time with an energetic and reminiscent sold-out show at Chicago’s House of Blues.
Knuckle Puck and Milestones got the crowd hyped up to hear some of their favorite throwback jams before Mayday Parade took the stage for a performance that brought us all straight back to our early teenage years. Many of us have grown up with the band, and it came as no surprise that fans still remembered every word from the first song to the last.
The boys kept the energy high with electrifying guitar solos, relentless head-banging, and emotional performances of some of their biggest hits. Lead singer Derek Sanders took center stage for a raw, acoustic piano performance of perhaps their most well-known song, “Miserable at Best”, and their wasn’t a person in the room not singing along. Later in the show, he returned to the stage for another acoustic solo, this time on guitar for “Terrible Things” off their Valdosta EP. The band even included a cover of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” in their set, which wrapped with an encore performance of “Oh Well, Oh Well”.
Way back in October of 2011 following the release of their self-titled third record earlier that month, Mayday Parade graced our JBTV stage with a performance of a few of their classics that we got to see again on Saturday night, including “Oh Well, Oh Well” as well as “When You See My Friends” and “Jersey”.
Before this tour kicked off, guitarist Brook Betts told Alternative Press Magazine that this anniversary is an opportunity for the band “to reminisce on the memory with our fans. Especially with those who have been with us for so many years.” It’s no secret that music brings people together, and it’s incredible to witness the community the Tallahassee, Florida band has built over the last decade.
The A Lesson In Romantics anniversary tour wraps on May 26th in Orlando, Florida. To find out where they’ll be stopping next month, click here.
You can catch the band back in Chicago for Riot Fest which will take place September 15-17th in Douglas Park.