Photos: Bayside at the House of Blues (West Hollywood, CA)

Seaway (Oakville, ON), Man Overboard (NJ), Senses Fail (NJ), and Bayside (NY)
March 14th, 2015
House of Blues in West Hollywood, CA

It’s not every day a band as legendary as Bayside turns 15.  So in honor of their quinceañera the guys hit the road with Ontario’s Seaway and two of Jersey’s finest, Man Overboard and Senses Fail.  They made a stop in West Hollywood to play a sold-out show at the House of Blues and what a show it was!  Seaway started the night off as folks began filling the House of Blues.  Seaway quickly brought to mind Acceptance, if Acceptance was pop-punk that is.  These guys did a pretty nice job of warming up the early crowd.  By the time Man Overboard hit the stage the venue was at capacity. Crowd surfers made their way to the front and the energy at the House of Blues began to grow.  When Senses Fail came on it just about hit it’s limit.  Frontman Buddy Neilson blew through the stage and hit the barricade like a canon.  Within seconds the crowd was neck deep in happy chaos.  I hadn’t seen Senses Fail in years but the show they put on made me wish I had kept up with them.  Plus any band that uses Stone Cold Steve Austin’s theme song as entrance music is good in my book. It wasn’t too much longer when Bayside hit the stage.  They started their set with “Pigsty” and then immediately threw it back with “The Walking Wounded” and “Duality.” The crowd had calmed down after Senses Fail but with all the throw backs, the crowd was back to full energy in no time.  A few fights broke out, plenty of crowd surfing, an active pit, and plenty of singing along were pretty constant throughout their set.  The crowd even had time to sing the band Happy Birthday as the band watched with giant smiles on their faces.  For the encore, frontman Anthony Raneri reappeared by the soundboard with an acoustic guitar in hand and began to play “Don’t Call Me Peanut” to the tune of everyone in attendance.  I had a video but all you can hear is a drunk girl screaming “Anthony you’re the fucking best” behind me. Right after he made his way back to the stage for the last two songs of their set.  They sent everyone off with “Devotion and Desire” and everyone left the venue reluctantly wishing it had never ended.  Bayside is clearly at their best right now.  Here’s to hoping they’re around for another 15 incredible years.

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