Inning Festival 2022 Recap – Day One

The baseball focused Innings Festival made its way to Tampa for the first time ever, just in time for spring training for the East Coast....
Inning Festival 2022 Recap - Day One
Inning Festival 2022 Recap - Day One

The baseball focused Innings Festival made its way to Tampa for the first time ever, just in time for spring training for the East Coast, Saturday & Sunday, March 19th & 20th. With a wide collection of legendary rock bands and all-time MLB legends, the first day was already kicking off heavily as the gates were already backed up. With a backdrop consisting of the Buccaneers Stadium and right around the corner from the New York Yankees spring training facility, the festival could not have found a better location.

We Are Scientists

Up first on the roster was New York based rock band We Are Scientists. With a quick appearance right as the gates opened, guitarist Keith Murray, bassist Chris Cain, and drummer Keith Carne immediately started to rock hard on Home Plate main stage, getting the crowd ready for the rest of the day. With a short set, the band gave the festival a proper welcome and opening for its first year in the Bay.

The Beaches
The Beaches

As We Are Scientists closed out their set, Canadian rock band The Beaches were set up and ready to go on the Right Field Stage. With their first ever visit to Tampa, bassist and lead vocalist Jordan Miller, guitarists Kylie Miller and Leandra Earl, and drummer Eliza Enman-McDaniel had already garnered a large crowd before making their way onto stage, with several fans carrying signs stating they came all the way from Canada just for their performance. Without a second to lose, the quartet went straight into their set in a flurry of kicks and hair-flips. Dancing around together, the band made their mark in the city as they exited the stage, announcing their next move to see the next performer on Home Plate.

David Duchovny
David Duchovny

‘90s TV star-turned-musician David Duchovny was ready to go on the Home Plate Stage (yes, THAT David Duchovny). Accompanied by his touring band, Duchovny was already moving down the catwalk straight into his set. Under the glaring sun, Duchovny wasted no time getting straight into what he came for. Dragging the mic stand around the stage, Duchovny would occasionally pop over to the catwalk to get low and wave to fans and strut across the stage, smile across his face and hands clapping. As Duchovny greeted the fans, his guitarist was off to the side flashing horns with a stone cold face of pure rock star energy. With a quick set wasting zero time, Duchovny bid farewell as the Right Field stage was set up next for English rock band Wolf Alice.

Wolf Alice
Ellie Oswell

In her bright pink dress, Wolf Alice lead Ellie Oswell emerged on stage with the rest of the band to a flurry of cheers from the young crowd. With a heavy rift of guitars and drums, the band kicked in with their beautiful mixture of indie rock and dream pop. Under the multi-colored spotlights from the stage, the band played through their forty five minute set before the crowd set back out to Home Plate.

Jimmy Eat World
Jim Atkins

Following Wolf Alice was legendary rock band Jimmy Eat World on Home Plate Stage. As the screen lit up with their name, lead Jim Atkins and company quickly emerged on stage to the screaming cheers of fans of all ages. Underneath the hot sun, Jimmy Eat World hit it off with several top hits including “Bleed American” and “Sweetness” from their 2001 album Bleed American. Moving through their set, the band started to close out with their top hit “The Middle” from their 2001 album, as fans sang along in unison.

Highly Suspect
Johnny Stevens

American rock band Highly Suspect was up quick on Right Field Stage, as lead Johnny Stevens emerged with his cool demeanor and outfit to match. Donning his rose pink Beats headphones, the band got straight into their set, while Tampa local and guitarist Matt Kofos shredded out on his guitar to Stevens’ right. Stevens then announced their newest album coming later this year, and graced the crowd with a never before heard song from the upcoming album.

On another stage and area of the festival, MLB All-Star pitcher Ryan Dempster was hosting Off The Mound, interviewing other MLB All-Stars while more were at the batting cages for meet and greets and signing autographs.

Brandon Boyd

As the day neared the end, the legends came out of the shadows. On Home Plate, American rock band Incubus came on stage through a cloud of fog. With a psychedelic screen behind them, lead vocalist Brandon Boyd clutched his two microphones as he waved around the stage and catwalk, occasionally moving into more jagged movements and head bangs.

Nick Hexum

As Incubus finished up at Home Plate, another legend was up to bat on Right Field. From Omaha, Nebraska, 311 moved onto the stage under a plethora of colors. Lead vocalist and guitarist Nick Hexum approached the mic in his all white outfit as the band started into their set. As the set went on, Hexum then invited the crowd to sing along, as the bright backlights silhouetted him in the night. Towards the end, the band played out with their hit song “Amber” from 2001’s From Chaos.

The night was finally set for the final act. For thirty-five years, American rock band Green Day has had an iron grip on the world of punk rock, with fans of all ages coming out to see them. Consisting of lead vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt, and drummer Tre Cool, the three friends were ready to rock out as the headliner of the first day.

As the set was prepared to start, Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” started over the speakers as fans sang along, swaying back and forth. Immediately after, Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Bop” began playing, as a mystery man in a pink bunny suit began dancing across the stage until a stagehand quickly grabbed them and pulled them back, marking the usual start to a Green Day set. Without a second to lose, the full band soon emerged shortly after, opening straight into “American Idiot” of the same named album from 2004. Armstrong amped the crowd up as the opening guitar riffs rang into the night, with the crowd following in suit to the lyrics.

With an electric opening performance, the band then started into “Holiday” from the same aforementioned album, with Armstrong bringing out Blue, his first ever electric guitar from 1982. Next on the setlist was “Know Your Enemy” from 2009’s 21st Century Breakdown (QRO review), where Armstrong invited a young fan onto the stage to sing the bridge. As the performance went on, a sudden burst of flames lit up the crowd and stage behind Armstrong and company. As the band moved through their set, the bright moon shone like a beacon in the night, illuminating the night sky alongside the dazzling pyro show.

The band finally moved towards the end of their set, with a young fan about ten years old being invited on stage to play guitar alongside Armstrong during a cover of Operation Ivy’s “Knowledge”. Finishing out the cover, Armstrong gave the kid the guitar to keep as a stagehand brought him to the side of the stage to continue watching the rest of the show. Closing out the set, the band started with “Wake Me Up When September Ends” from the 2001 album, with fans wrapping arms around each other’s shoulders and swaying along, with their phone lights illuminating the stage. The band then moved into their final two songs, “Jesus of Suburbia” from 2001 and “Good Riddance” from 1997’s Nimrod.

Closing out their set, Green Day headed off stage as thousands of fans poured into the night and back home. After such a loaded first day of amazing talent, day two was set and ready to go.

Green Day setlist:

American Idiot
Know Your Enemy
Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Welcome to Paradise
Hitchin’ a Ride
Stuck With Me
Rock and Roll All Nite (KISS cover)
Brain Stew
St. Jimmy
When I Come Around
21 Guns
Knowledge (Operation Ivy cover)
Basket Case
King for a Day
Wake Me Up When September Ends
Jesus of Suburbia
Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)

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