Emotionally Driven Rock! Mayday Parade at the House of Blues Chicago (March 10, 2022)

This is the 11th Anniversary Tour of their self-titled album. It was supposed to be the 10th Anniversary Tour, but Covid messed that up. They play the entire album from start to finish. Some of the songs they never played live, so it is a true treat for fans of this album.

Late in the night, they roll out the piano. Everyone leaves the stage except for the lead singer and the drummer, who is there for backup vocals. It’s a giant sing-a-long to “Miserable at Best.”  “I can live without you, but without you I’ll be miserable at best,” sings the entire audience. It truly is a special moment!

Next, they play “Piece of Your Heart”. Again, everyone sings along. “I’ve got a piece of your heart, but I want the whole damn thing!” All the couples hold each other tight. It’s a romantic emo moment. Mayday Parade is a band that has the gift of being able to connect with their audience as their writing is emotionally-driven, full of depth and meaning. In a world that can sometimes feel complex and confusing, we yearn for clarity and direction. Tonight, Mayday Parade provided an outlet for their fans to connect with their emotions and experience a sense of belonging.

During the concert, there was a moment where a fan did not feel well and the band stopped playing to prioritize and ensure the safety of their fans. This exemplified that their depth goes far beyond their writing and love for music, but that it is a core component of their integrity and dedication to their fans. Once the situation was addressed, they resumed the concert. 

To close out the show, they play “Jamie All Over”, which has over 92 million streams on Spotify and it is their biggest hit to date.  “I’ll take this Cali sunrise with me, and wake up with the fondest memories”. Everyone is jumping around and there is a lot of crowd surfing. It’s a great happy rocker that sends everyone out with a giant smile on their face. 

Cost of a ticket: $29 plus fees
PlaylistHQ Economic Rating: Worth It
Rating Scale: Exceptional Value > Worth It > Half Price > Go for Free > Don’t Bother

Quinn Delaney

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