A DAY TO REMEMBER DELIVERS UNFORGETTABLE NIGHT AT STONE PONY SUMMER STAGE

Words & Photos by Anthony Vito Cosentino

August 11, 2022

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As the overbearing heat of this brutal summer gave way to the strong yet relieving ocean breeze from the Asbury Park boardwalk, fans lined up around the Stone Pony for a sold out Summer Stage show with A Day To Remember. These legends of Ocala graced the Stone Pony with their presence on August 7th, 2022, bringing along with them The Ghost Inside, Beartooth, and Bad Omens. These four bands could not have been a better match for a tour together, and the endless waves of crowdsurfers throughout the evening was a clear representation of the fans’ satisfaction.

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Up first was Bad Omens, decked out completely in black and living up to their name, exuding an ominous aura as they took to the stage. I wasn’t sure what to expect seeing as this band was new to me, but I can tell you I was certainly caught off guard by the absolutely angelic vocals of the frontman. There was an impressive duality to their performance, as the beautiful singing could be switched to vicious screaming at a moment’s notice, and they balanced both quite nicely. I could tell that their performance won over the crowd, many of whom were likely new to the band as I was, because I overheard a few crowd members saying that they deserved to have some merch purchased, and I couldn’t agree more.

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Second on stage was Beartooth, a band I have been familiar with from friends singing their praises, but this show was to be my first real impression of them… and boy did they deliver. Each member of the band was firing on all cylinders, and it seemed that everything about their performance was fuel for frontman Caleb Shomo, whose boundless energy could exhaust anyone in the crowd just from watching him. This was when the crowdsurfing really began to pick up, as the band’s excitement and enthusiasm was returned to them full force from their adoring fans. Caleb mentioned how grateful and surreal it felt to be on this tour, considering how influential A Day To Remember was to them as a band, as well as the fact that The Ghost Inside brought Beartooth on their very first tour nearly a decade ago. There was a clear sense of admiration and camaraderie between the bands on this tour together, like old friends reconnecting after years spent apart.

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Next up, The Ghost Inside took over the stage, and the waves of crowdsurfers steadily intensified. This was arguably the heaviest performance of the night, as this band leans more toward strictly metalcore, as opposed to some of the pop punk stylings of their touring counterparts. Fans matched this energy as circle pits erupted and crowdsurfers screamed back the lyrics to the frontman, who would often high five or fist bump fans once they made their way over the barricade before returning to the crowd. There was a special kind of passionate energy radiating from fans for The Ghost Inside, which I came to realize is because this was the band’s first tour since an awful tour bus accident back in 2015. The experience left the band traumatized and severely injured, even costing the drummer one of his legs, yet he still plays for The Ghost Inside and absolutely nails it. The band braved their anxieties to be on this tour, and the fans expressed their gratitude, while The Ghost Inside expressed their gratitude to A Day to Remember for bringing them along.

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Finally, the moment everyone was waiting for, as dawn turned to dusk A Day To Remember exploded onto the Summer Stage, and the crowdsurfing did not stop for the entirety of their set. This is a band truly dedicated to putting on a memorable show and pleasing their fans, as evidenced by their smoke cannons, party streamers, beach balls, and of course the perfect setlist of hits and deep cuts spanning the band’s entire career. Frontman Jeremy McKinnon knows how to work his audience as well as us photographers in the pit, making direct eye contact with many of us as he performed and eliciting big smiles from each photographer lucky enough to capture those moments, myself included. Security was working extra hard this night to keep everyone safe, considering the endless flow of crowdsurfers as well as those crowdsurfing on crowdsurfers, a phenomenon that is not at all uncommon if you’ve been to a big ADTR show in the past. For their encore, the band treated the audience to not one, not two, not three, but FOUR songs when they returned to the stage. A Day To Remember takes pride in giving the fans what they want, making for an unforgettable evening at The Stone Pony Summer Stage.

A DAY TO REMEMBER

THE GHOST INSIDE

BEARTOOTH

BAD OMENS

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Born and raised in Brick, NJ, I’ve had a strong passion for music for as long as I can remember. I found my love of photography in high school when I took an intro photo class my junior year, and realized over time that I could find a way to combine my two greatest passions, which is how I became a concert photographer. I graduated suma cum laude from the Honors School at Monmouth University, where I majored in Art with a concentration in Photography. I started shooting shows my senior year of college, practicing and learning at basement shows and local bar venues primarily in West Long Branch and Asbury Park. When I joined the on campus record label, Blue Hawk Records, that opened the door for all of the local shows I would frequent nearly every weekend at the start of my journey as a concert photographer. I’ve gained amazing connections though every band that I’ve photographed over the years, building my portfolio and making friends along the way. Now after over six years of shooting shows, I’ve had the opportunity to photograph some of my favorite bands at some of my favorite Jersey venues, including Rise Against, Blink 182, Sum 41, Silverstein, Bayside, Four Year Strong, A Day To Remember, Atreyu, The Used, Coheed and Cambria, and Greta Van Fleet, just to name a few. Each new show I have the opportunity to shoot becomes my new favorite show, and I love it more and more with each concert I attend. I hope that my passion shines through in my photography, as well as the accompanying reviews for all the talented bands that I have the pleasure of photographing.

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