Mayday Parade played at the House of Blues in Boston this past Wednesday. It was also the first game of the World Series at Fenway. As entertaining as the Red Sox are, the Glamour Kills Tour was definitely the place to be.
Mayday is a band who never fails to put on a great show. Stages & Stereos, Cartel, and Man Overboard had high energy sets before Mayday went on that got the crowd pumped up. By the time Mayday took the stage, the crowd was ready to go all out. One of the biggest appeals of Mayday Parade is that they consistently put out new music, but they never forget about their old stuff.
They opened with “Ghosts” and played “12 through 15”, “Girls”, and “Last Night for a Table of Two,” all of which are from their newest album Monsters in the Closet. However, they also played “Three Cheers for Five Years” and “The Last Something That Meant Anything” off of their 2006 EP Tales Told by Dead Friends. They also played some of their most popular songs such as “Jamie All Over”, “Black Cat”, “Miserable at Best”, “Oh Well, Oh Well” ‘and “Jersey”. Mayday has seamless transitions between up-beat, fun songs and beautiful, slow ballads. They played “Black Cat” during which people were jumping and crowd surfing, and immediately went into “Miserable at Best” which featured Derek playing piano on stage by himself. It is amazing how fast the band and crowd can make that transition. It takes a special band to be able do that; most can’t pull it off.
The band had a few surprises for Boston as well. The first one was that Jason Lancaster (former member of Mayday Parade and Go Radio) was at the show, and he sang with the band toward the end of “Jamie All Over”. They also surprised the crowd by playing “Three Cheers for Five Years” in the middle of their set. This song was not on the set list that Mayday had made public before the tour had started. It was and always will be a crowd favorite. The Red Sox won their game and Mayday Parade put on a crowd pleasing set right next door. It was pretty much a flawless night in Boston.