Packed is an understatment. Rock City was sold out, and inside was a diverse crowd of ADTR fans, all eager to see the main act. Tattoos on show, beards a plenty and screaming girls – it was all here tonight. If you were able to get a good view of the stage, then lucky you! I haven’t seen Rock City this pumped up in a long time.
Decade and Lower Than Atlantis warmed up the audience who were becoming louder and louder as the minutes ticked by. As the lights went down, the girls screamed as they knew what was coming next. Each member of ADTR walked on stage, one by one. A few waves, smiles and nods to the crowd was their acknowledgement that they were here for the night. Vocalist Jeremy McKinnon arrived last to stand in front of the huge raucous audience.
They kicked off their set with ‘The Downfall of Us All’ which immediately brought the crowd back to attention as they became restless during the long wait for the band to get on stage. It had been an anticipating wait, which made this song sound amazing to start the night off with. It filled the venue with energy, and fans sang along right from the start, hooked on every word.
Crowd surfing had begun, and the security guards were certainly earning their pay packets! More fan favourites such as ‘2nd Sucks’, ‘Right Back at It Again’, ‘I’m Made of Wax, Larry, What Are You Made Of?’ and ‘Best of Me’ entertained the room.
All throughout the gig you could hear the audience singing along with Jeremy. Their passion for the music was obvious, and many were serious die-hard fans. It was difficult not to feel the buzz oozing from them, and to not soak it up like a sponge.
It probably would have been better if ADTR played song after song, rather than try to make small-talk during most songs. You could tell they weren’t sure what to say, and instead started chanting about vaginas. I’m not sure either…
Before the encore, they performed ‘All I Want’. They then rushed off stage for a breather. Fans knew they were coming back on, but that didn’t stop them repeating over and over: “A Day To Remember!”.
They ended the night with ‘If It Means a Lot to You’, ‘All Signs Point to Lauderdale’ and ‘The Plot to Bomb the Panhandle’. Would I go and see these again? Hell yeah! One of the best gigs this year.