Motion City Soundtrack Setlist
07/28/16 Madison, WI Barrymore Theatre
07/29/16 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
07/30/16 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection
08/01/16 Buffalo, NY The Town Ballroom
08/02/16 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall
08/04/16 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live!
08/05/16 Stroudsburg, PA Sherman Theater
08/06/16 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
08/07/16 Richmond, VA The National
08/09/16 Nashville, TN Cannery Ballroom
08/10/16 Charlotte, NC Fillmore Charlotte
08/12/16 Fort Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
08/13/16 Lake Buena Vista, FL House Of Blues
08/14/16 The Wrecking Ball ATL
08/19/16 London, O2 Forum Kentish Town
09/08/16 Sydney, Australia The Metro Theatre
09/09/16 Melbourne, Australia The Prince
09/10/16 Brisbane, Australia Max Watt's
Originally they only listed June 24th at the Varsity for their final Minneapolis show, but due to overwhelming demands, they added another date (June 25th)... then another, then another, for a total of four final goodbye Varsity shows. All the dates immediately sold out, of course, making the local band’s shows one of the hottest tickets in town.
The show was historic in a few ways for Light Years, it was their very last show with their longtime friends Motion City Soundtrack and it was also their drummer Kent’s birthday.
‘My Whole Life’ ended their 30-min set with a “tight goodbye”. The song was the lead intro track on their EP Temporary (Animal Style Records).
Like Light Years, this was also Have Mercy’s last appearance with Motion City Soundtrack, which Swindle announced, “This is our last night, so let’s make it a good one!”
According to the band, they’ve sold out of all their merchandise, save for some T-Shirts, and asked fans to go support the other bands.
Most of their set featured songs from their last album A Place Of Our Own, including ‘Pete Rose and Babe Ruth’, ‘Hell’, and set closer ‘Two Years’.
Their very first written song ‘My Oldest Friend’ was played as a quiet solo number. This would normally sound quite moving and sad, but unfortunately the constant talking, noisy audience drowned out the song.
Motion City Soundtrack
Although they didn’t announce why they were breaking up, you do get the feeling that it has much to do with vocalist Justin Pierre being a first time father to his now-14-month baby boy. This was evident as after ‘Capital H’ Pierre had to leave the stage to find out if his wife and child was going to leave (and if they were, he had to say goodbye). If you think about it, Motion City Soundtrack spend most of their lives touring with the Warped Tour or doing their own headlining tour and that leave very little time for family obligations. You can understand why Pierre would need to take time to be with his child at this crucial time.
Pierre would later reflect back to his own father and how his song ‘Last Night’ was basically a song from his dad’s point of view.
For the encore, they dedicated ‘Anything At All’ (the first song on the band’s new album Panic Stations via Epitaph Records) to Ed Ackerson (BNLX and Polara), followed by ‘Even If It Kills Me’ and fitting song to end their finale, ‘The Future Freaks Me Out’.
The band handed out water, drum sticks, guitar picks, and various things to fans... looking incredibly grateful for having such a massive local fanbase.
The So Long, Farewell Tour continues next month (07/28) at Barrymore Theatre in Madison, Wisconsin. Go see them before it’s too late.
Motion City Soundtrack at Varsity Theater, Minneapolis (25 Jun 2016)