Sunday, August 6, 2023, was a night to remember for fans of the hit TV show “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and the rock band Portugal. The Man at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
The Portland, Ore.-troupe brought a surprise that delighted the crowd: none other than Charlie Day, known for his role on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” joining the band to perform the iconic “Day Man” song.
A Night Filled with Surprise Guests
Portugal. The Man’s current tour has been filled with surprises, but Sunday’s performance was particularly special. Along with Charlie Day, other guests included Weird Al Yankovic, assisting on “Who’s Gonna Stop Me,” and Paul Williams and Jeff Bhasker, contributing to “Time’s a Fantasy.” Bhasker, known for his production on Portugal. The Man’s latest LP, “Chris Black Changed My Life,” and once a member of Lettuce, added a special touch to the evening.
“Day Man” – A Repeated Tribute
The choice of “Day Man” was more than fitting, as it’s a song that has been part of Portugal. The Man’s repertoire since 2013.
This tune, featured in the 2008 season four finale of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” has been played by the band over 120 times, including a memorable performance at Bogart’s in Cincinnati, Ohio on June 14, 2013, and another at Bonnaroo the next night.
This year, the band played “Day Man” during their stand at The Fillmore in Philadelphia on July 29—a fitting location given the show’s Philly roots.
A Memorable Collaboration
Charlie Day’s entrance on stage was marked by his name shining on the supersized screens with the caption “Featuring Charlie Day.”
The audience’s excitement was palpable as Day took the lyrical lead, supported instrumentally by the band. The crowd’s enthusiasm was at its peak, singing along to the comedic-infused lines of the song, capturing the spirit and humor of the beloved TV series.
Sunday’s collaboration between Charlie Day and Portugal. The Man at the Hollywood Bowl was a beautiful intersection of television and music culture. It showcased the versatile talents of Day and the band’s appreciation for a song that has become a recurring theme in their live performances.
Fans of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and Portugal. The Man were treated to a night filled with unexpected delights, a joyful sing-along, and a performance that will no doubt be talked about for years to come.