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Mayday Parade win big at Stage AE on Election Day

December 3, 2018

On a day where the focus of many was on midterm elections, Mayday Parade put on a show that enthralled a Stage AE crowd, regardless of party affiliation.

Taking the stage well after polls closed at 9:40 p.m. Tuesday, the Tallahassee, Fla. pop rock band performed a 17-song set that lasted an hour and 15 minutes with material that spanned its 13-year existence.

The highlight of the set came about 30 minutes in, when singer Derek Sanders talked about always being an emo kid at heart, which set up of a medley of New Found Glory’s “My Friends Over You” into My Chemical Romance’s “I’m Not Okay (I Promise)” and ending with Taking Back Sunday’s “Cute Without The ‘E’ (Cut from the Team),” which the crowd unsurprisingly loved. The band then went into “Jamie All Over,” a fan favorite, and after, played its cover of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know,” an upbeat guitar-driven take on the much tamer original.

Sanders took to the piano for the band’s last three songs, with great versions of “Three Cheers for Five Years,” “Miserable at Best” and “Stay.”

Mayday Parade ended the night with a one-song encore, kicking things into gear with “Oh Well, Oh Well,” sending fans home happy around 11 p.m.

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