Wind We Were Young: WWWY Day 1 Cancelled

As if elder emos didn’t have enough to be sad about, the first day of When We Were Young 2022 was canceled due to inclement weather shortly before doors were set to open. With 50-60 mph winds and a dust storm that led to an AQI of 500 by the time My Chemical Romance would have started their performance, it was clear the event organizers made the right call. That doesn’t mean the 50,000 would-be attendees were any less disappointed, though.

The last-minute cancellation meant there were not large-capacity venues available to pivot to, but several bands on the festival bill did their best, putting on pop-up shows around Las Vegas. The All-American Rejects were one of the first to announce a show, and fans lined up for blocks to try to get in to see their 12-song set at Soul Belly BBQ. In addition to their biggest radio hits, AAR surprised the audience by playing “The Wind Blows” for the first time with the full band since 2009 — an appropriate choice given the weather outside.


The Wonder Years were joined by La Dispute, Mom Jeans. and Sweet Pill for a show at the fittingly named Rockstar Bar. Tickets sold out in minutes, but the fans who were able to get in were treated to a solid consolation prize to salvage a disappointing day.

AAR setlist
BMTH setlist


Bring Me The Horizon played 15 songs at the Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort, with opening sets by Knocked Loose and Landon Barker. Emo mainstays Hawthorne Heights got together with Armor for Sleep and The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus for a free afternoon show at The Strat. These shows all quickly reached capacity circumstances, but given the last-minute nature of everything, fans have shown appreciation and support to the bands who did their best to put something together.


As one of the few bands with a home base in Las Vegas, Senses Fail was one of the first to bring up the idea of still putting on a show, and that evening they delivered. Joined by Thursday, Bayside and Anthony Green, they held a free show at The Sand Dollar in downtown Las Vegas.


Those who didn’t get to the pop-up shows had to find entertainment elsewhere on the Las Vegas strip. Many wound up seeing Katy Perry’s residency show “Play,” and the pop star acknowledged the last-minute attendees along with her own roots playing Vans Warped Tour in 2008.

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Last updated: 27 Jan 2023, 08:40 Etc/UTC