This year has been chock-full of anniversary tours and one of the most exciting ones announced was the Saves the Day and Say Anything tour. With Saves the Day’s Through Being Cool turning 15 and Say Anything’s …Is A Real Boy turning 10, everyone knew they were in for a treat. They hit the House of Blues in West Hollywood for a two day stint of pure radness and rad it was.
Saves the Day jumped straight into Through Being Cool and the crowd rejoiced. The crowd was a non-stop jumping, singing mass with beers in hand. It was the ideal show experience and it only got better. After wrapping up TBC they jumped into songs like “Jessie & My Whetstone,” “Freakish,” and “Sell My Old Clothes, I’m Off to Heaven.” Their set was like a dream. Say Anything hit the stage and jumped straight into “Belt.” I had seen Say Anything many times before but I have never seen Max Bemis so energized. He’s clearly at his best and Say Anything as a touring collective is looking pretty good too. This time, Parker Case (ParkerCasey) is back on guitar and keys, Greg Dunn (Moving Mountains) is on guitar along with the beast that is Kenny Bridges (Moneen), Garron DuPree (Eisley) is on bass, and Reed Murray (Ex-Tallhart) is on drums. The on stage chemistry with these guys is obvious and contagious. …IARB is the perfect album to belt along to and that’s exactly what the crowd did. Even the raging mosh pit didn’t stop folks from shouting Bemis’ lyrics throughout the set. Everyone looked like they were having the best time that even Bemis wanted in on the crowd action and jumped into the crowd a few times. Then, choosing to end their set with “Admit It!!!” was the icing on the cake. This was the perfect show to close out the year. I can’t wait to see what Say Anything has planned in 2015.