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Max Bemis performing with his band, Say Anything, on their Say Anarchy tour at the Rave in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Burn a Miracle

Shiksa (Girlfriend)

Hate Everyone

In Defense of the Genre

Say Anything

Wow, I Can Get Sexual Too



Alive With The Glory of Love

So Good

Every Man Has a Molly

The Church Channel


A Walk Through Hell

(Setlist is summarized of all dates of Say Anarchy Tour)

On their 2012 “Say Anarchy” tour, Say Anything traveled with aspiring bands, such as Murder by Death, The Sidekicks, and Tallhart. The audience seemed to especially enjoy The Sidekicks upbeat style. In addition, Murder by Death received strong support by the portion of the crowd who support a style similar to Mumford and Sons. As lead singer, Maxim Bemis, put it, the band played a “plethora of new and old songs”, which the crowd appreciated. Aside from the occasional obsessive fan girl or rowdy guy, the audience was respectful and fully enthralled in the band’s performance.

Despite some inability to keep up with the beat, Bemis made sure to incorporate the audience. He even left the stage numerous times to let the crowd touch him, which the security guards clearly did not appreciate as they scrambled to hold people back. In some songs,  Sherri DuPree-Bemis (Max Bemis’ wife) , did back up vocals and audience members shouted “baby Bemis” in honor of her pregnancy. After Overbiter, the couple kissed, which the audience loved, and Sherri Bemis gestured knowingly toward her stomach.

Throughout the entire performance, it was clear that Bemis was trying to connect with his fans and sincerely enjoyed his time. The last song of the encore, The Stephen Hawking, was meant to be a “compromise” in Bemis’ words. Since neither he nor the audience wanted to leave, Bemis and the rest of the band decided to play their longest song. Bemis also promised his fans that the band decided to continue making music for as long as possible.


(Stay tuned for a post specifically about The Sidekicks, they are worth checking out!)


1. Put Me Out

2. Take It Away

3. The Bird and the Worm

4. Listening

5. Kiss It Goodbye

6. I Come Alive

7. I Caught Fire

8. The Taste of Ink

9. All That I’ve Got

10. Buried Myself Alive

11. Blue and Yellow

12. Blood on My Hands

13. The Best of Me

14. Pretty Handsome Awkward


15. Now That You’re Dead

16. A Box Full of Sharp Objects

A quiet, still audience transformed into a crunched mob right before The Used came on stage during their June 1st concert at the Rave in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Used played a variety of old favorites, such as “A Box Full of Sharp Objects” and ” The Bird and the Worm” and new hits, like “Put me Out”. Their new songs are from the album Vulnerable, which was released earlier this year.

Many of the fans reacted with equal enthusiasm to the old and new songs. Lead singer, Bert McCracken, was very involved with his audience. McCracken thanked his audience for attending his concert, rather than the Tech N9ne concert being held in a different room of the same venue. Before one of his songs, McCracken encouraged the audience to put an arm around the closest person and give them a kiss on the cheek. One audience member chose to give McCracken the middle finger after each song, which annoyed him. McCracken then told his fans to punch that audience member if he was still flicking him off by the end of the next song. McCracken referred to this method as sending his “army” after him. Since no massive fight broke out, the audience member likely was not beaten up.

During a majority of the songs, the audience was averagely involved. Members in the back of the crowd formed mosh pits nearly every song, and most people swayed to the music and cheered for the band. However, right before the song “Pretty Handsome Awkward” McCracken insisted that the crowd form a wall of death. During a wall of death, the crowd splits into two distinct halves and then rushes at each other in a fashion similar to a mosh pit. The audience abided enthusiastically. After ” Pretty Handsome Awkward” and the wall of death, The Used exited the stage. The audience cheered for an encore. After a few minutes, the band came back out and performed “Now That You’re Dead” and ” A Box Full of Sharp Objects”.

Click to see pictures from the concert that the venue took!