It’s amazing how the simplest of details can make or break a concert. Strategic lighting, a captivating set design or in the case of A Day to Remember — rolls of toilet paper and an Angry Bird costume.
Before A Day To Remember even hit the stage on Tuesday at the Ogden Theatre the tower of toilet paper poised on stage right peaked the crowd’s interest. The confetti cannon that filled the room only punctuated the drama of the band’s first song, “Violence.”
A Day To Remember reminded the crowd that the band throws down some of the biggest breakdowns in metal with “2nd Sucks” and “I’m Made of Wax Larry What Are you Made of?.”
The band’s big sound fit well in the Ogden, and although it wasn’t the best vocal performance Denver has seen from Jeremy McKinnon, the atmosphere he created more than compensated. His on stage banter with the crowd, combined with his bandmates’ antics, kept the crowd more than happy. McKinnon even admitted that their live version of “Better Off This Way” isn’t always on par, which is why they distract the crowd with a crewmember launching t-shirts into the crowd (insert Angry Bird costume here). At one point, the band even requested that all the guys in the venue to take off their shirts (yes, that actually happened).
Then came the toilet paper during the band’s first ever Denver performance of “Another Song About the Weekend” off 2010’s “Attack of the Killer B-Sides.”
Now covered in toilet paper and confetti, ADTR ended their regular set with the heavier, “A Plot to Bomb the Panhandle,” only to be summoned back to the stage for a welcomed four-song encore. The encore started with two acoustic versions of “It’s Complicated” and “If It Means a Lot To You,” both of which redeemed McKinnon’s vocal struggles earlier in the set. ADTR and the sell-out crowd went out with as much energy as they started with the band’s biggest radio single “All I Want” and a night-ending “The Downfall of Us All.”
The toilet paper fun was enough to take everyone’s mind off ADTR’s tour mates, Of Mice and Men, whose vocalist Austin Carlile is out of jail and back on the road. He and the band’s drum tech were arrested on April 1 for felonious assault in Bowling Green, Ohio. The case will resume on April 15.