A Day to Remember will always hold a special place in my heart. They were one of the first hardcore bands I really got into when I was in middle school and they’ve grown up with me ever since. Seeing them at The Armory was such a special experience and my 11-year-old self was screaming on the inside.
To open the night, Point North came out strong and their vocalist, Jon Lundin, did a great job doing Kellin Quinn’s feature section in Into the Dark. Point North’s set started out with a lot of excitement, but their energy definitely took a drop during the middle of their set before ending with Hammer.
They ended their set saying, “Be good to each other, be safe, be kind” and I am interested in seeing them on tour again to see if they have a longer set and experience their full potential.
Asking Alexandria came on next with nothing but smiles and energy. Vocalist, Danny Worsnop, looked incredibly happy and at home on stage and acknowledged Minnesota’s love for their music. I’ve seen them a few times in the past and this show definitely blew those out of the water with the incredible setup at The Armory.
Worsnop ended their set saying, “I wish we could live in this moment forever with you.” They really captivated the crowd and created an experience that brought up the energy. Asking Alexandria even stopped playing before their final song to make sure that someone that had gotten hurt got the proper assistance and applauded them on the way out.
Similar to how Point North ended their night saying to be good to each other, I think their message and Asking Alexandria’s actions really showcase the best parts of this music community and the best parts of coming together to experience live music as a collective.
In between sets, it was really fun to see people dancing and keeping their energy up before A Day to Remember came on stage. It was really heartwarming seeing old merch from 10+ years ago on fans and being able to remember the first time I saw A Day to Remember at Vans Warped Tour.
A Day to Remember always puts on a special show and they didn’t disappoint The Armory with their performance. Fans old and new came together and though I always wish they played more old songs, they really killed their set and the setlist was filled with a good range of songs from their beginnings to now.
They started, literally with a bang, of confetti and the crowd roared in excitement as A Day to Remember slowly hit the stage, building suspense. Vocalist, Jeremy McKinnon, looked out at the crowd throughout the night and seemed incredibly happy to see friends mixed in with other fans and as always, ADTR’s energy is always at a high.
With the lights, smoke cannons, and confetti, The Armory really helped put on an incredible show that showcased how far A Day to Remember has come since its beginnings in 2003.
About halfway through the set, they played Resentment, and as McKinnon and the crowd sang, “For all who need introduction // Welcome to the eye of the tiger” the cannons went off and the crowd erupted as confetti soared around us and crowd surfers made their way forward.
I adore when A Day to Remember does more of their acoustic songs and when they played Have Faith in Me, my heart was so full and everyone around me was swaying and singing along. Their set was exciting and well planned out and they still played an encore without their energy faltering.
A Day to Remember will always hold a special place in my heart and being able to take photos was truly a dream come true for me. ADTR is not a band that you want to miss and I’ve been impressed every time I’ve seen them and tonight was their best performance in Minnesota yet. The lighting in The Armory really elevated the set and created an electrifying energy that could be felt all around.