Last night Mayday Parade opened their set to cheering from the packed crowd at The Blue Note, in Columbia MO on September 23rd, 2021. With no momentum lost to time off during the last year and a half, Mayday Parade began their set with “First Train,” the electrifying start to the evening fans were looking for. Drawing a crowd from Columbia, St. Louis, and Kansas City residents alike, by the time Mayday Parade began the chorus of “Jersey,” second song on the setlist, fans in the GA pit had already begun moshing and dancing.
With support from Microwave as their last stop opening, by the time Mayday Parade took the stage fans in the crowd made it clear this was not their first Mayday show—and certainly wouldn’t be their last either. From the older songs, to even newer, and some slower songs including piano ballad “Bad at Love,” there was no lack of enthusiasm from the crowd as Missouri eagerly welcomed the return of the Florida-native rock/pop punk band, and celebrated another night of live music that had been so dearly missed.
Before anyone knew it, the 17-song setlist had flown by, ending the night with both classic and timeless “Jamie All Over,” the sound of fans singing along filling the theater at a decibel almost equal to the vocals of Derek Sanders, lead singer of Mayday Parade. As the crowd quieted down, Derek lightheartedly asked the attendees if they wanted to skip the part where the band leaves the stage, and stayed to start the encore now. The cheering from the crowd was taken as a resounding yes, as the venue shook from the dancing to “Oh Well, Oh Well,” which marked the official end to the evening, one that would not soon be forgotten by long-time fans and first-comers alike.