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ATP! Live Review: Mayday Parade 'A Lesson In Romantics' 10th Anniversary Tour - Pittsburgh, PA (4/28/2017)

“I’ve been looking forward to this show for a long time,” singer Derek Sanders said multiple times throughout the night. And it’s easy to see why. This was, hands down, one of the loudest crowds I’ve ever heard at a show. Even with the sound system, it was hard to hear Sanders’ voice over the roar of the crowd singing the lyrics back to him.

The energy was nuts right from the start, the instant the first notes of “Jamie All Over” started playing. A Lesson In Romantics is a scene classic and it was amazing to hear it played the whole way through. Things only calmed down when a piano was brought out and the cell phone flashlights lit up for “Miserable At Best.”

The party didn’t end when the A Lesson In Romantics set was over, though. Sanders came back onstage with a guitar and played a cover of The Beatles classic, “Yesterday” to kick off the next part of the show.

Mayday played almost as many songs from other albums as they did for the one the tour was for. They did a nice mix of favorites from their discography, like “Three Cheers For Five Years,” “Kids In Love,” and “Let’s Be Honest.”

The band came out for one last encore, “Oh Well, Oh Well,” saying that though this was the last one for the night, they promised they’d be back soon and will continue to come back for a very long time. You can definitely believe it from this band. After over a decade together, they show no signs of slowing down or getting sick of each other. It’s great to see a band still having this much fun.

It was definitely an amazing crowd to be a part of. Halfway through the show, when I made my way to the back for water, I came across two girls having the absolute time of their lives. They were in their own little world, dancing with each other and screaming every word to every song. For me, that was the best part of the whole show.

There’s nothing better than hearing your favorite songs by your favorite band live. While “nostalgia” tours like this one have been getting some hate, the sheer joy people get from getting to experience their favorites live just can’t be beat.

- Lauren Jones

Remaining dates and ticket information for Mayday Parade's A Lesson In Romantics 10th anniversary tour can be found here.

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