Photos and write-up by Chris Weiss

Opening with the words, “And today was a day just like any other,” Andrew McMahon of Jack’s Mannequin couldn’t have been more wrong — today was a day unlike any other.

Packing a sold-out crowd, Jack’s Mannequin brought their famous piano-rock music to Saint Louis with a blast of energy that enthused the crowd to scream their lungs out with every beat. Beginning with favorites such as “I’m Ready,” “Bruised,” and “Kill the Messenger,” Jack’s Mannequin left their fans wanting more with every song. Playing nearly every song from their first Album, “Everything in Transit,” Jack’s Mannequin even threw in a few extras with a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s, “I’m On Fire,” and Something Corporate’s, “Me and the Moon,” to mix it up a bit.

Near the end of the set, Andrew McMahon did something to reciprocate the love his fans had shown him the entire show: he jumped from the stage directly into the middle of the crowd, landing on a massive wave of hands that showed nothing but pure ecstasy just being able to touch him. After the bouncers finally pulled him free and back up to the stage, Jack’s Mannequin completed his set to loud cheers that all but shook The Pageant to the ground.

Jack’s Mannequin also has their sophomore album, The Glass Passenger, coming out this fall. If you haven’t heard of them yet, head on over to their Myspace and check them out — definitely a great listen!

*Special thanks to Keren Poznansky for setting up the credentials and Keith Mokris who let me borrow his 17-55 f/2.8 lens, who without them this photo set would not have been possible! Thanks!