A Day to Remember came through with their 34 city “The Degenerates Tour” with a stop at the Credit Union 1 Arena, also known as the UIC Pavilion, on October 26, 2019 with support from I Prevail and Beartooth. This is the bands 15th stop on this current tour and they know how to make the entire night fun and entertaining throughout!
Ohio based band, Beartooth, is a hardcore punk that’s been making a strong name for themselves over the last five years. They currently have three full length albums and touring on their most recent album, Disease. It was obvious when the band took the stage that they had a lot of die-hard fans and the band looked like they were having a blast. With being one of the earlier acts, the band only had the chance to play seven songs but they made the best of it and there were plenty of mosh and circle pits that broke out. The band started with, “The Lines” and plenty of fans started crowd surfing as soon as the show started. Caleb Shomo knows how to take control and also directed some of the circle pits to get started, which the fans were happy to oblige. Ending their set, they finished off with the song, “In Between.”
I Prevail is a metalcore band based out of Michigan that was established in 2013 and also recently released their second full length studio album, Trauma. One song that gave them a lot of popularity is by recording a cover of Taylor Swift’s, “Blank Space,” and the band has been taking off quickly since. I have been wanting to see the band but missed the last time that they came through so I’m happy that I finally got the opportunity to see them. I definitely wasn’t disappointed! The dynamic that singers Brian Burkheiser and Eric Vanlerberghe bring to the table is something truly different than most any other bands that are out right now. Their energy and attitude on stage is very addictive and they know how to entertain. The started the night heavy with “Bow Down” and played a solid mix from all of their albums, ending with “Come and Get It.” The band had plenty of lights behind them, as well as plenty of smoke to make the lights really pop and give some cool effects with the light glowing around them. I would be happy to see them again whenever they happen to come through the area.
A Day to Remember isn’t a stranger to this venue, as they sold it out last time that they came through Chicago and tonight it was a packed crowd. The last time that I saw ADTR was back in 2008 at the now closed Stage 83 in Lemont, which some local Chicago concert goers may remember. They were great then and they’ve only improved throughout the years with now seven full length albums with another that seems to be coming soon since they released their new single, “Degenerates.”
The band started with a white sheet covering the stage and a brick wall projected onto it that fell when they came out and started with “Downfall Of Us All.” One thing that I love at concerts is when the band ends up going into the crowd or at least on the barrier. This makes a special experience for those that get to experience and Jeremy went into the crowd while singing and holding the mic down for some fans, which you can see pictures of below. Recently, ADTR was featured on Marshmello’s song, “Rescue Me,” which they played with also throwing out beach balls into the crowd and smoke blowing upwards on stage. The lights of the show were fantastic and constantly changing but it makes the show even better when bands have smoke machines or some sort of pyrotechnics to go along with the production. The fans also got TP’d during the song with toilet paper flying all over the place and fans throwing it back.
At the end of the night, the band played a three song encore with the last song being, “The Plot to Bomb the Panhandle,” which also launched some confetti and streamers out over the crowd. It was a beautiful sight to see and I’m glad that I was able to get a shot from the back of the venue with the fans getting covered and smoke also flying up from the stage. It was an amazing way to end the night and something that I haven’t seen other bands do from all of the concerts that I’ve been to.
Please see below if you’re interested in any of the other dates that the band will be hitting on the rest of their tour: