The Wonder Years | photo by Jamie Stow for WXPN
The Wonder Years were Limp Bizkit for Halloween at a sold out TLA gig
Philadelphia favorites The Wonder Years made a dramatic entrance to the TLA stage on Saturday night, dressed as Limp Bizkit. The band’s Halloween show at sold out in three hour, and frontperson Dan Campbell stepped onstage wearing a black puffy jacket with it hood covering his face and theatrically pulled it back to reveal his face and backwards MLB hat, a Fred Durst signature; the crowd cheered uncontrollably in true Philly spirit.
While the stage was pretty bare, other than the band’s equipment, the ecstatic audience made up for it. The song “Rollin’” started their set along with three more Limp Bizkit hits: “My Way,” “Nookie,” and “Break Stuff.”
After living out their numetal dreams, The Wonder Years exited the stage and returned looking like their regular selves. Amid crowd surfers and fervent fans up front, Campbell’s interaction with the crowd only excited the audience more. When he said “jump,” the whole room responded, bouncing up and down together. The sense of community in the room was strong, as the crowd shouted the lyrics to new songs like “Raining in Kyoto” and old jams like “Washington Square Park.”
The band’s semi-annual Halloween extravaganza also featured opening sets by Future Teens (who took the stage as Carly Rae Jepsen) and Trash Boat (who covered Oasis for their set); check out photos from the show in the gallery below.