Review & photos by Melissa Wahler
On March 5th, The Wonder Years kicked off The Greastest Generation tour with amazing supporting acts Modern Baseball, Citizen, Real Friends and Fireworks. On Friday, April 18, that tour came to a close, but it went out with a bang for sure.
Modern Baseball warmed up the crowd with new tracks from their latest record “You’re Gonna Miss It All,” and they of course charmed the crowd with their wit and humor as well. This was my first time hearing MB, and I would definitely recommend seeing them and buying their new album, especially for anyone who loves acoustic style pop-punk. The guys got the audience off their feet and in a good mood, and Citizen followed soon after.
For anyone who has seen Citizen before, you most likely know frontman Mat Kerekes puts his heart and soul into every performance. For anyone who has not seen Citizen before – get yourself to a show ASAP. They opened with “The Night I Drove Alone” off of their latest record “Youth,” an extremely powerful start to say the least. They played lots off their new album and a few oldies, like “Drown.” The crowd so amped by this point I was not sure they would survive two more openers, but Real Friends and Fireworks were more than able to keep the energy and excitement going.
Real Friends was nothing shy of amazing, and their set consisted mostly of songs from their most recent – and wonderfully done – EP, “Put Yourself Back Together.” The crowd seemed to shout back almost every lyric, and when lead singer Dan Lambton ordered the crowd to put their phones away for “I’ve Given Up On You,” the venue was virtually a sea of darkness. They closed with an inspiring speech about music given by guitarist Dave Knox before playing “Late Nights In My Car” and the audience went absolutely insane.
Fireworks was the last of the openers, but certainly not the least. They played plenty of songs from their latest album “(Oh), Common Life,” like “One More Creature Dizzy With Love” and the crowd shouted every lyric right back at them. There was a bit of a delay, however, because one fan was kicked by a crowdsurfer and the band had to hold while EMTs assisted her out to the ambulance. When the show resumed, frontman David Pest made sure to tell the crowd to be careful and safe.
The anticipation for The Wonder Years to finally play could be felt from miles away, I’m sure, because the place exploded when they stepped onto the stage. Opening with “There, There” and “Passing Through A Screen Door,” the energy was so tangible and was not going to die down any time soon. The amount of passion put into their performance was clear, and Dan “Soupy” Campbell connected with the crowd in a way that is indescribable. The night ended with “Came Out Swinging” and “I Just Want To Sell Out My Funeral.” A perfect ending to a tour with extremely talented and gracious musicians.