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The Warped Tour Spirit Lives On: A Review of Bayside’s “The Worse Things Than Being Alive” Tour at The Wiltern

April 17, 2024 –The Wiltern in Los Angeles, California played host to a night of pure nostalgia with Bayside’s “The Worse Things Than Being Alive” tour. Joined by special guests Finch and Armor for Sleep (sadly defunct since 2012 but back for this tour!), the energy crackled with the spirit of the early 2000s Warped Tour era.

Opening Acts Stoke the Flames

Armor for Sleep, despite their hiatus, brought a welcome dose of energy. Their setlist was a rollercoaster ride of fan favorites from their sole studio album “Dream to Make Believe,” reminding everyone why they were such a force in the early 2000s emo scene.

Finch, hailing from Temecula, California, got the crowd warmed up with a powerful set that mixed classic cuts like “What It Is to Burn” and “Letters to you” with some heavier tracks. Their signature blend of post-hardcore and alternative rock proved they haven’t lost a step, and the mosh pits started churning.

Bayside Brings the Hits (and a New Song!)

By the time Bayside took the stage, the anticipation was electric. Opening with their new single “Castaway,” the band showcased it perfectly blends their signature fast-paced sound with catchy hooks. The rest of the set was a greatest hits love letter to their long career, with singalongs erupting for anthems like “Accidents Will Happen,” “Walking Wounded,” and “Daughters and Sons.”

Lead singer Anthony Raneri’s vocals were on point, and the band ripped through their set with a tight energy that had the entire venue moving. There were even some surprise deep cuts thrown in for the die-hard fans, like “Every Night” and “Suffragette City.”

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A Night for the Scene Veterans

This tour isn’t just about Bayside; it’s a celebration of an entire era of pop-punk and emo. Seeing these bands share the stage and reignite the energy of their prime is a testament to the enduring power of this music. If you’re a fan of any of these bands, or just want a night of nostalgic moshing and singalongs, “The Worse Things Than Being Alive” tour is a must-see!

Live photos by Angel Mejia for ZrockR Magazine 2024 – All Rights Reserved.

By Angel Mejia

Los Angeles-based photographer with a keen eye for beauty and a love for capturing moments that tell a story. Specializes in music, lifestyle, and street photography, aiming to convey emotions and experiences through her unique perspective behind the camera. Dedicated to honing her skills and sharing the magic of everyday moments through her art.

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