The pop punk realm has seen numerous legends rise and create waves of memories for fans across the globe. Among those heavy hitters is none other than Bowling For Soup, who’ve recently embarked on their ‘Getting Old Sucks Tour’. Kicking things off in Atlanta, they’ve been rallying fans alongside special guests Mest and Authority Zero. With adrenaline-filled stops that include Boston, Philly, and the iconic Riot Fest in Chicago, these pop punk stalwarts have kept the tour bus wheels spinning and the crowds cheering. Come October 12th, they’ll be reigniting the stage and blazing through until the tour concludes in the sunny realm of San Diego, CA.
But let’s rewind a tad. The venue of Saint Andrews Hall in Detroit, MI, was where the magic unfolded most recently. Having attended this electrifying performance, we’ve seen over the years that Bowling For Soup knows how to bring the house down, as they have countless times before. Witnessing them in action is akin to reliving some of the most carefree days of one’s life, punctuated by punk chords and anthemic choruses. A genuine community gathered in the spirit of rock, rhythm, and rollicking good times.
The ‘Getting Old Sucks Tour’ is not just a series of concerts, but also a celebration of their recently dropped collection, ‘Songs People Actually Liked Vol II’. A trip down memory lane, this album serves as a collection of nostalgic tracks, providing us a chance to sing along to songs that defined significant moments of their lives. And, true to form, the band didn’t disappoint in serving a slice of this new-old pie at the Detroit show.
The evening was set into motion with the classic, “Life After Lisa”. A track that reminds us of the band’s early days, it’s an ode to moving on and the comedic undertones of finding love (and losing it). No sooner had the last notes of this song faded away, than the powerful chords of the tour’s namesake track, “Getting Old Sucks”, resonated through the hall. The setlist also featured tracks like “Shut Up and Smile”, a playful nudge at taking life less seriously, “Punk Rock 101”, the guidebook anthem for every aspiring punk rocker, and of course, the iconic “1985”, a tune that takes us back to neon, MTV, and the pop culture of a bygone era.
It’s hard to walk away from a Bowling For Soup concert without a grin stretched across your face, and this night was no exception. A great show, and one you will need to check out if they swing by your city next month.
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