This weekend, Say Anything will spend two nights at Crescent Ballroom as part of a special tour celebrating the 10th anniversary of the band’s 2007 album, In Defense of the Genre. Since the album features a staggering 27 songs, they’ll be performing it front-to-back over two nights, with disc one on Saturday, November 25, and disc two on Sunday, November 26. Saturday’s concert also will feature a performance of Say Anything’s 2009 self-titled release, and Sunday’s show will include the band’s 2004 breakthrough ... Is a Real Boy.
They aren’t the first band to do this — and they won’t be the last.
In fact, New Found Glory will be at Crescent Ballroom just a few days later on November 28, celebrating “20 years of pop punk” by playing their 2000 self-titled album and 2009’s Not Without a Fight.
Although these shows aren’t beholden to a certain timeframe, more often than not, they coincide with a milestone anniversary. Frightened Rabbit already have announced a 2018 tour for The Midnight Organ Fight. And Bon Iver will perform his debut album, For Emma, Forever Ago, in February in Milwaukee.
We’ve gathered a wishlist of bands we hope will consider a front-to-back anniversary tours next year of their classic 2008 albums.
Okay, so technically, the psychedelic duo’s debut album dropped digitally in 2007, and the physical release hit in January 2008. But MGMT’s rise happened after that point, with the singles “Time to Pretend,” “Kids,” and “Electric Feel” serviced to radio over the course of ’08. A tour like this seemed unlikely just a few months ago, as the band had been fairly inactive since their 2013 self-titled album. However, the announcement of a new album, Little Dark Age, next year gives us hope.
The Seattle-based folk band became a major name in the indie world thanks to the critical acclaim of their debut album on Sub Pop Records. The group’s intricate, ethereal harmonies defined a sound that was as precise as it was beautiful. Although they’ve since lost key members like drummer Josh Tillman (now known as Father John Misty) and have taken a brief hiatus, Fleet Foxes are back into the swing of things with a new album, Crack-Up, that came out in June.
Now, for something completely different. Can you imagine how bonkers her Little Monsters would get for something like this? Before The Meat Dress and head-to-toe red lace, Gaga was a rising dance-pop star with incredible musical chops. We could see her replicating her 2016 “dive bar tour” for the most devoted fans, or recreating some of her iconic looks on an arena level to celebrate.
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Listen, we know there’s a very slim chance this will happen, thanks to Noel and Liam Gallagher’s ongoing public feuds. But how cool would it be for them to surprise everyone by reuniting 10 years after this final Oasis album? It’s hard to believe it’s been that long since they shared a stage. But that’s probably because they’ve stayed in the news consistently, for things Noel recently telling NME that Liam’s new album, As You Were, “sounds like Adele shouting in a bucket.”
Can’t Stop Won’t Stop
We already know this Arizona act is big on nostalgia after celebrating their 10th anniversary of being a band earlier this year. That was a big milestone for sure, but it was the band’s debut full-length, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, that catapulted them onto the national stage and landed them a spot at No. 40 on the Billboard Top 200.
Say Anything are scheduled to perform at Crescent Ballroom on Saturday and Sunday, November 25 and 26. Sunday is sold out. As of this writing, Saturday tickets are still available for $23.99 via crescenthphx.com.