Joining A Day to Remember for their seventh sold out show at Stage AE was the notorious Wage War who just so happened to be the opening act for the night. Most times with opening acts, no one is particularly paying attention or really even cares because they’re usually there for the headliner or maybe even the direct support. Honestly, that was not the case this time around whether people knew who Wage War was or not, a lot of people left as a newfound fan of the hardcore/metalcore band.
Being the opening act is sometimes nerve racking, nice to get it over with but being the band that basically “sets the bar” could be the downfall for some if not most. Luckily, Wage War took the bar and smashed it through the roof! They weren’t afraid to go hard, strut their stuff, and have a good time. Starting off their set was one of their biggest headbanging songs “Stitch” before jumping right into “Alive” and “Enemy.”
Wage War ended up playing ten songs which is quite surprising that they were allotted that much time, but with them being close friends with Jeremy McKinnon for starters, and the excellent performance they conjured up its not surprising anymore. They played a solid mix though with their setlist as they played five songs from each of their two albums (setlist below). Aside from their heavier songs, they also had some singalong songs that really got the crowd involved which was a nice change of pace for their set. Like: Gravity, Don’t Let Me Fade Away, and Twenty One.
Luckily… if you missed Wage War this time around DO NOT WORRY because they will be returning to Pittsburgh this December with Oceans Ate Alaska, Gideon, Varials, and Loathe. If you are a metalcore/hardcore fan then I really don’t have to go into any details at all besides just saying that this is the show for you without question.
Don’t forget to checkout Wage War’s setlist and photos below!