ICYMI: March Edition

Here are some things you may have missed in music:

The Maine released their third single “Broken Parts.”

New Found Glory released a music video for their single “This Is Me.”

Grayscale released the music video for “If I Ever See You Again.

Panic! At The Disco’s sophomore album Pretty. Odd. has been certified platinum!

The lineup for Woodstock 50 lineup has been released with The Killers, Bishop Briggs, Portugal. The Mann, and more. Full lineup is  www.woodstock.com.

The lineup for Lollapalooza has been released with Bring Me The Horizon, Twenty One Pilots, Tame Impala, and more. Full lineup is on lollapalooza.com/lineup/.

Hayley Williams of Paramore opened up about the future of Paramore with L’Odet.

The Sad Summer Fest lineup has been released!

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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“Living Proof Tour: North America” Concert Review in NYC *SOLD OUT*

I attended the “Living Proof Tour: North America” headlined by State Champs at the Playstation Theater in New York City. Accompanying State Champs on tour are: Our Last Night, The Dangerous Summer, and Grayscale.

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State Champs at Playstation Theater (c) Billy Fitzpatrick @billyfitzz

I’ve attended shows at the Playstation Theater, formerly known as the Nokia Theater and Best Buy Theater. This venue is one of my absolute favorites in New York City. I like the vibe the venue has, the layout of the venue, and that it feels intimate while also having the capacity of 2,100 people. I was eager to see this show for the lineup. I’ve seen State Champs and Grayscale perform live, but I have not seen Our Last Night or The Dangerous Summer live.

Please note: this blog contains setlists.

Grayscale took the stage first. I’ve seen Grayscale perform at Vans Warped Tour, and I absolutely loved the energy Grayscale has on stage. Grayscale matched their energy and engagement with their fans as they performed on the stage. Collin Walsh’s voice was really raspy, and at times I was unable to hear his vocals because he pulled away from he microphone. He kept the energy high throughout the performance. Here is their setlist:

  1. Atlantic
  2. Beautiful Things
  3. Slipping Away
  4. Mum
  5. Palette
  6. Fever Dream

The band that took the stage next was The Dangerous Summer. The Dangerous Summer was the most anticipated band I wanted to see perform live because they’re one of my favorite bands. TDS was one of the many bands that got me into alternative, pop punk, emo music. The group broke up and got back together, and getting the chance to see them perform for the first time was an emotional experience. More information about TDS can be found in my previous blog post here. Getting to see them perform on stage was by far one of my favorite parts of the evening. Here is their setlist:

  1. The Permanent Rain
  2. Where I Want to Be
  3. Where Were You When The Sky Opened Up
  4. Ghosts
  5. Color
  6. This Is Life
  7. Infinite

Our Last Night is a band I was unfamiliar with until the show. The vocalist, Trevor Wentworth, was sick causing the group to miss a few days on the tour. The group released its latest album Let Light Overcome that day, and Our Last Night took the stage to perform. Unfortunately, I did not physically get to see their set because I was speaking with Ben Cato, drummer of The Dangerous Summer.

State Champs took the stage and opened with their latest song made into a music video, “Criminal.” From there, State Champs played a variety of old and new songs which I enjoyed! Here is their setlist:

  1. Criminal
  2. Frozen
  3. Losing Myself
  4. Shape Up
  5. Mine is Gold
  6. Hard to Please
  7. Crystal Ball
  8. Remedy
  9. Perfect Score
  10. Lightning
  11. If I’m Lucky
  12. Our Time to Go
  13. All You Are Is History
  14. Safe Haven
  15. Easy Enough
  16. Something About You
  17. Simple Existence
  18. Dead and Gone
  19. Elevated *ENCORE*
  20. Secrets *ENCORE*

State Champs performed very quick. I felt like it was State Champs performing a few songs then having a little bit to say then going back to the music. The group was humble to have sold out Playstation Theater. They’ve performed at other venues across New York, and they were close to selling out. The 2016 AP Tour with State Champs and Neck Deep headlining sold out at Webster Hall with Knuckle Puck and Like Pacific as the support. State Champs thanked fans for going to their tour and supporting their music.

I really liked the bands on tour. Each band complimented each other with energy, interaction with listeners, and great music!  Each band that took the stage got the crowd pumped for the next group. It was an awesome show to attend.

State Champs said that they’d be back in the summer, but no word yet on who they will be touring with and where about the tour will travel. I’m excited to hear that State Champs will be back in New York soon! When speaking to the guys of The Dangerous Summer, they revealed that a new album is expected very soon. The group released a new single “Where Were You When The Sky Opened Up” and plan to tour again soon. There is an exciting tour happening with The Dangerous Summer this year. Keep up to date with what’s to come by following my blog!

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

Winter Tours To Attend In 2019

There are a lot of tours happening in the coming months. Here’s a list of tours to check out:

“Pray For The Wicked Tour” hosted by Panic! At The Disco. Accompanying Panic! At The Disco on tour is Two Feet and Betty Who. Tickets and tour information can be found here.

“The Great Depression Tour Part II: N. America” headlined by As It Is. Accompanying As It Is is Point North, Sharptooth. Tickets and tour information can be found here.

“Living Proof Tour North America” headlined by State Champs and features Our Last Night, Grayscale, and The Dangerous Summer. The tour travels across North America in March. Tickets and tour information can be found on statechampsny.com.

8123 Fest hosted by The Maine. This is the second year The Maine is hosting their own festival. The bands playing with The Maine include: Mayday Parade, Real Friends, We The Kings, The Technicolors, This Century, Teenage Wrist, and more. For tickets to the 8123 Fest held Jan. 19, 2019 visit www.themaineband.com.

The “Back Again” tour headline by You Me At Six. The tour travels across North America in 2019. There is no word on who will be opening for You Me At Six for the “Back Again” tour.

Additional tours include:

  • “The Love Of The Game Tour” headlined by The Band Camino. The tour travels across the United States in January until March. There is no word yet as to who is opening for The Band Camino on the tour. For tickets and tour information click here.
  • “Paradise Of Thought” tour headline by COIN. For tickets and tour information click here.
  • This Wild Life and William Ryan Key have announced a co-headline tour across the UK in early January. More information up on thiswildlifeband.com.
  • “The Virtue Tour” headline by William Ryan Key. The tour travels across the United States in February and March of 2019 with Selfish Things and Cory Wells. Tickets and more information can be found here.
  • “Misery Will Find You” tour by Amity Affliction and Senses Fail. Accompanying the two bands on tour include Silent Planet and Belmont. For tickets and more information click here.
  • “First Love Tour” headlined by Bring Me The Horizon. Accompanying Bring Me The Horizon on tour is Thrice and Fever 333. For tickets and tour information click here.
  • The Story So Far announced the group is returning to Australia on a tour with Basement. For tickets and tour information click here.
  • Makeout announced “The 20/20 Winter Tour 2019” accompanied by Story Untold, Hand Guns, and Oh, Weatherly. There are select dates around the East Coast of the United States. For tickets and tour information click here.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

Concert Review: Mayday Parade @ House Of Blues Boston, MA

Mayday Parade has embarked on the “Welcome To Sunnyland” tour across the United States. Accompanying Mayday Parade on tour are This Wild Life, William Ryan Key, and Oh, Weatherly.

I attended the Boston date, Nov. 10, 2018. I purchased a bundle when the tickets were in pre-sale and got a VIP Meet & Greet Experience Package. The package includes one ticket to the event with early entry, a meet and greet with Mayday Parade, a Mayday Parade shirt, a signed copy of Sunnyland, a pop socket, and a “Welcome to Sunnyland” postcard.

This was my fifth time meeting Mayday Parade. Derek Sanders, Alex Garcia, Brooks Betts, Jeremy Lenzo, and Jake Bundrick. If you have not been to a Mayday Parade meet and greet and have bought or is buying a meet and greet, the format of their meet and greet is different. The meet and greet is more of a hang out where the members go up to you and talk with you. I got the chance to talk with all of the guys, and they’re all so kind and humble. Both Brooks Betts and Jeremy Lenzo remembered me, and it was awesome getting to catch up with the guys about their latest album, Sunnyland, their experience on the road, and overall their well being. Here are some pictures of the meet and greet:

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Alex Garcia of Mayday Parade

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Brooks Betts of Mayday Parade

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Derek Sanders of Mayday Parade

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Jeremy Lenzo

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Jake Bundrick of Mayday Parade

The House Of Blues in Boston, MA holds approximately 2,500 people. I’ve never been to the venue for the show, but I enjoyed the atmosphere of it. The venue had three levels that were visible in the main part of the venue which was the floor, and two levels of balcony. The venue has good sound quality, and it was very spacious. What I enjoyed about the venue is that prior to the show, an announcement was made stating the policy of the venue: no re-entry, no smoking in the venue, and attendees should observe the exits to the venue and to enjoy to be safe.

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Mayday Parade at House Of Blues, MA (C) Victoria Onorato

The lineup was as followed: Oh, Weatherly, William Ryan Key, This Wild Life, and Mayday Parade. Oh, Weatherly took the stage first, and the group was phenomenal live. Oh, Weatherly is from Dallas, TX and they were featured on my 18 Bands To Check Out In 2018. The group released Lips Like Oxygen and Jake Bundrick, drummer of Mayday Parade, helped produce the album.  Oh, Weatherly’s sound live was was as great as their album. The vocals were clean and crisp, the instrumentals were on point, and their sound fit the vibe to the tour. Here is Oh, Weatherly’s setlist to the best of my knowledge:

  1. Burned Out
  2. Here Tonight
  3. Chasing California
  4. Make You Bright
  5. I Think I Want You
  6. Dark of the Night
  7. Lost and Found

Next on stage was William Ryan Key. For those who are not familiar with him, he was the vocalist of Yellowcard. Since Yellowcard’s departure (announced in 2016 and finished their farewell tour in 2017) William Ryan Key has been making music in a studio created in his house. During William Ryan Key’s set, Anthony Delgrosso drummed for the majority of the set. I have seen Yellowcard perform Vans Warped Tour and was very excited to see William Ryan Key since he released an EP Thirteen. He is releasing a new EP on Nov. 30. His sound after Yellowcard is acoustic which I personally enjoyed. Here is William Ryan Key’s setlist:

  1. Vultures
  2. Old Friends
  3. The Bowery
  4. Downtown Uptown
  5. Ocean Avenue (Yellowcard Song)
  6. Virtue

Next to take the stage was This Wild Life. This Wild Life is an acoustic pop punk duo from Long Beach, CA. This Wild Life has performed with Mayday Parade on the AP Tour. I’ve seen This Wild Life perform more than 5 times on tour with Mayday Parade, Vans Warped Tour, and their own tours. I love the sound that This Wild Life has; it’s different than other bands in the industry. During “Puppy Love” Kevin Jordan of This Wild Life asked fans to put pictures up of their dogs which was very cute considering I have a dog. During “Hold You Here” This Wild Life put a spotlight on a couple who loves This Wild Life and dedicated the song to any couple on the tour. Here is This Wild Life’s setlist:

  1. Taped Intro (Video here.)
  2. Concrete
  3. Positively Negative
  4. Puppy Love
  5. Westside
  6. History
  7. Hold You Here
  8. What’s My Age Again? / All the Small Things / First Date (Blink 182 Cover)
  9. Catie Rae
  10. Headfirst
  11. No More Bad Days

After all the opening bands played their sets and a short intermission was taken, Mayday Parade took the stage and played these songs:

  1. Never Sure
  2. Jersey
  3. It’s Hard To Be Religious When Certain People Are Never Incinerated By Bolts Of Lightning
  4. Black Cat
  5. Hold Onto Me
  6. Piece Of Your Heart
  7. I Swear This Time I Mean It
  8. My Friends Over You / I’m Not Okay (I Promise) / Cute Without The ‘E’ (Cut From The Team)
  9. Jamie All Over
  10. Somebody That I Used To Know (Gotye Cover)
  11. Anywhere But Here
  12. One Of Us
  13. Looks Red, Tastes Blue
  14. Three Cheers For Five Years
  15. Miserable At Best
  16. Stay
  17. Oh Well, Oh Well **ENCORE**

The setlist was a refreshment from previous tours. I like the fact Mayday Parade incorperated songs from older albums and their latest album, Sunnyland. Mayday Parade changed their setlist during the tour, and I was very glad to see that Mayday Parade put in “It’s Hard To Be Religious When Certain People Are Never Incinerated by Bolts Of Lightning.” I’m glad that Mayday Parade only had two parts of the show where they played covers. Personally, I wish Mayday Parade put in “Take My Breath Away,” and “Where You Are.” The setlist has a mix of old, new, and songs that the group doesn’t play very often which I especially enjoyed since I go to a lot of Mayday Parade’s shows.  I feel like overall Mayday Parade made an eclectic setlist that fits the Sunnyland vibe.

Mayday Parade in an impeccable band overall. The band puts out amazing albums, great shows, and continues to impress the fans with their quality work. Mayday Parade is timeless. If you have yet to hear Sunnyland, Mayday Parade’s latest album, I’d highly recommend.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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Prepare Yourself For Vans Warped Tour!

The 2018 Vans Warped Tour began on June 21, 2018 in Pomona, CA, and the best way to get prepared for the Vans Warped Tour for your date is to figure out what to expect.

If you want to learn more about what to prepare for, check out:

Vans Warped Tour Survival Guide

What To Pack For Warped Tour Featuring ICYMI

If you want a review of my experience at the Vans Warped Tour in years passed:

Vans Warped Tour 2016 @ Long Island, NY

Concert Review: Vans Warped Tour 2017

If you want to know what the lineup of Vans Warped Tour includes check out: Vans Warped Tour 2018 Lineup Announced!

For tickets and tour information check out vanswarpedtour.com. I will be posting a review of my experience at Vans Warped Tour in the upcoming weeks.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria