This week, pop-punk/metalcore phenomenon A Day To Remember passed through LA like a whirlwind at their sold-out Hollywood Palladium show, cruising the final lap of their Gamechangers Tour 2011 with well-known acts We Came As Romans, Pierce the Veil, and Bring Me the Horizon. Over 4,000 people rounded the block for the all-ages, four-hour pop-metal event to get their mosh on…and believe me, they did!

Among the most popular groups within their fused genre of catchy and melodic pop-punk/metalcore, A Day To Remember is known for packing houses and creating mayhem wherever they go, and the Hollywood venue was no exception! The moment those familiar bodies were seen moving onto the stage from behind the curtains, the crowd went berserk—pushing and shoving their way to the front and preparing for what would be almost two hours of arm swinging, jumping, crowd surfing, and circle pits.

ADTR came out in force, tearing up the stage with songs off their new album, What Separates Me from You, including “All I Want” (with Hollywood lyrics), “All Signs Point to Lauderdale,” and “2nd Sucks.” They turned the room ablaze with “My Life for Hire,” “Have Faith in Me,” and “Homesick,” from the album Homesick, and they unleashed crowd favorites “Monument” and the show finale “You Should’ve Killed Me When You Had the Chance” from their album For Those Who Have Heart.

After a brief moment of “one more song” chanting from the audience, ADTR came back to the stage with acoustic guitars to do a lighter version of “If It Means A Lot to You” before exploding into a metalicious full-band performance in the second half. The last song of the night, “The Downfall of Us All,” was perhaps even fitting, as lead singer Jeremy McKinnon screamed to the Los Angeles crowd, “This town will be the downfall of us all!”

One thing I really liked about the show was the outstanding presentation by the band—including multiple stage levels (which they certainly used), lighting, a glow-in-the-dark backdrop, smoke jets, and even a large net which opened up like a piñata and filled the room with balloons (but they were destroyed pretty quickly!). Beyond that, the influence of ADTR over its audience is commendable (when they said to make a circle pit from one edge of the room to the other, I quickly got out of harm’s way!), an indication of the band’s veteran status of playing countless live shows to loving fans around the world. And so despite the slight annoyance of the “all ages” crowd, which seemed to present much worse manners than I remember having in that scene (how many sloppy and rude teeny rockers can we take?), the show turned out to be an exhilarating spectacle of pop-metal rock and most certainly one of the most fun shows I’ve seen in a long time.

A Day to Remember will be finishing their Gamchangers Tour 2011 before charging out on this year’s Warped Tour and continuing their tradition of sold-out shows all around the country. They’ll head to Australia, Brazil, and Argentina before coming back home to cause more mischief!

A Day To Remember Tour Dates:

04/13 – Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
04/15 – Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
04/16 – Tinker Field – Orlando, FL
04/17 – Sunset Cove Amphitheater – Boca Raton, FL
04/18 – Jannus Live – St. Petersburg, FL
04/30 – Pizza Hut Park – Frisco, TX
05/01 – New Meadowlands Stadium – Easy Rutherford, NJ
05/08 – Astor Theatre – Mount Lawley Wa, Australia
05/10 – Thebarton Theatre – Adelaide Sa, Australia
05/12 – Festival Hall Melbourne – West Melbourne Vic, Australia
05/13 – Big Top Luna Park – Milsons Point Nsw, Australia
05/14 – Big Top Luna Park – Milsons Point Nsw, Australia
05/15 – The Tivoli – Fortitude Valley Qld, Australia
05/16 – The Coolangatta Hotel – City Of Gold Coast Qld, Australia
05/18 – The Tivoli – Brisbane Qld, Australia
05/22 – Columbus Crew Stadium – Columbus, OH
06/07 – Teatro Teleton – Santiago, Chile
06/08 – Bar Opiniao – Porto Alegre, Brazil
06/09 – Carioca Club – SãO Paulo, Brazil
06/10 – Master Hall – Curitiba, Brazil
06/11 – Carioca Club – SãO Paulo, Brazil
06/12 – El Teatro Colegiales – Buenos Aires, Argentina
06/24 – Center – Dallas, TX
06/25 – The Showgrounds at Sam Houston Race Park – Houston, TX
06/26 – AT&T Center – San Antonio, TX
06/29 – NMSU Practice Field – Las Cruces, NM
06/30 – Plaza Hotel – Las Vegas, NV
07/01 – Pomona Fairplex – Pomona, CA
07/02 – Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA
07/03 – Seaside Park – Ventura, CA
07/06 – Sandstone Amphitheatre – Kansas City, KS
07/07 – Verizon Wireless Music Center – Noblesville, IN
07/08 – Comerica Park – Detroit, MI
07/09 – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Tinley Park, IL
07/10 – Canterbury Park – Shakopee, MN
07/12 – Darien Lakes Fields – Darien Center, NY
07/13 – Comcast Center – Mansfield, MA
07/14 – Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain – Scranton, PA
07/15 – The Flats at Arrow Hall – Mississauga, ON
07/16 – Parc Jean Drapeau – Montreal, QC
07/17 – Comcast Theatre – Hartford, CT
07/19 – Marcus Amphitheater – Milwaukee, WI
07/20 – Blossom Music Center – Cleveland, OH
07/21 – Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ
07/22 – First Niagara Pavilion – Burgettstown, PA
07/23 – Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum – Uniondale, NY
07/24 – Monmouth Park Racetrack – Oceanport, NJ
07/26 – Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
07/27 – Verizon Wireless V. Beach Amphitheater – Virginia Beach, VA
07/28 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte – Charlotte, NC
07/29 – Firestone Ampitheatre – Orlando, FL
07/30 – Cruzan Ampitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL
07/31 – Vinoy Park – St. Petersburg, FL
08/01 – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood – Atlanta, GA
08/02 – Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
08/03 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St. Louis – Maryland Heights, MO
08/04 – Westfair Fairgrounds – Council Bluffs, IA
08/05 – Invesco Field At Mile High – Denver, CO
08/06 – Utah State Fairpark – Salt Lake City, UT
08/07 – Cricket Wireless Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ
08/09 – Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre – Chula Vista, CA
08/10 – Cal State Dominguez Hills – Carson, CA
08/11 – Sleep Train Amphitheatre – Wheatland, CA
08/12 – Idaho Center Amphitheatre Lot – Nampa, ID
08/13 – The Gorge Amphitheatre – George, WA
08/14 – Washington County Fairgrounds – Hillsboro, OR

You can purchase A Day To Remember’s latest album, What Separates Me from You, from the iTunes Store, and be sure to check out Anna’s interview with Joshua Woodard, the band’s bassist.

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