"Keep wishing you were me and I'll keep making you have to." - ADTR's "2nd Sucks"
The crowd writhes in anticipation in the minutes before A Day to Remember takes stage. As a subtly growing sound fills the Fillmore, fans cheer. A Day to Remember begins with arguably the most hardcore song off of their latest album, “2nd Sucks.” The energy of the crowd is released in a fury of hardcore dancing and moshing. The song is bitter, righteous, and perfect for setting the energy of the show. “I speak the truth and everybody else knows it, so put your ego to the side and just get the fuck over it. Can’t waste my time on hateful people like you, so keep wishing you were me, and I’ll keep making you have to.” The vigor of the band and the crowd makes for an unforgettable evening.
The sold out show is full of die-hard fans, decked out in ADTR merch and singing every word of every song. All ages are brought together by the music; the honesty in the lyrics transcends demographics. A Day to Remember incorporates music from all of their albums into the show, with most focus on their latest release, What Separates Me From You. Throughout the show confetti, toilet paper, balloons, and man in an Angry Birds suit on a raft are unleashed at the audience. At the end of the show Jeremy McKinnon, lead singer, returns to play a four-song encore. With an acoustic guitar, McKinnon plays “If It Means A Lot To You” and an acoustic cover of “It’s Complicated.” The 50-year-old man next to me with his wife entertained me as they sang every song and shouted their requests towards the stage. A Day to Remember finishes the show with “All I Want” and “Downfall of Us All.” As the crowd disperses from the Fillmore, it seems that the main topic of conversation is the emotional impact of the show. Some cried, some released bitterness and anger, but everyone was over the moon over seeing A Day to Remember in Miami for their first time ever.