Today I decided to do a post a little bit different on this blog and talk about one of my other great loves: music. I’m a huge concert junkie, so I’m thinking that every time I go to a show I’m going to write a summary of the show. I figured it would be a good thing for those who are going to be going to shows on a certain tour, or those who want to know how a certain artist is live.
I’m going to start this little blog series with the most recent show I went to, which was the first show of All Time Low’s Future Hearts tour.
I’d like to start off by saying that All Time Low is my favorite band and when I saw they were going on tour, I knew I was immediately going to buy tickets. And when I saw that State Champs, Tonight Alive and Issues were going to be their opening acts, I was completely sold.
The show was at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, and it was my first time at this venue. The tickets were all general admission tickets, so there was standing room in front of the stage. The issues I had there mainly involved excessive moshing, crowd-surfing, and people being wayyyyyy too handsy (I was groped to the point of my bra being pulled down in public. Needless to say I was not pleased). The venue experience was not that good. At all.
Music-wise, the show was perfection. I had never seen State Champs, Tonight Alive or Issues before so it was my first time seeing these bands. And I was not at all disappointed. My personal favorite of these was Tonight Alive-I adore their music, plus being Jenna is one of my goals in life so, you know. They saved my favorite song by them, The Edge, for last, and I went absolutely crazy. It was amazing.
State Champs was an artist I wasn’t too familiar with-I only really knew a few songs by them-but I was pleasantly surprised. I very much enjoyed their set, and if given the chance to see them again I definitely would.
I also loved the fact that Issues had their stage setup completely Pokémon themed. Their amps looked like the Game Boy game cartridges, their background was the band animated as Pokémon characters, the drums looked like Pokéballs, and their drummer was even wearing a hat identical to Ash’s in the series. It was completely unexpected, but very very wonderful.
All Time Low’s set was pure perfection. This was my second time seeing them live (the first was back in 2010) so I already knew how great they sound live. One of my favorite things about the band is that they don’t take themselves too seriously: they will joke around with the audience and each other, and still get their jobs done. Despite the fact that their album came out a week before their tour started, they did not perform as many new songs as I thought they would. They did many of my favorite songs by them, and it was an incredible experience.
Their setlist was as follows:
The Irony Of Choking On A Lifesaver
Lost In Stereo
Six Feet Under The Stars
Damned If I Do Ya (Damned If I Don’t)
Somewhere In Neverland
The Reckless and The Brave
A Love Like War
Something’s Gotta Give
Kids In The Dark
Dear Maria, Count Me In
When they performed A Love Like War, they brought out Jenna from Tonight Alive to perform the part normally done by Vic Fuentes. This was quite the surprise, so enjoy it if you get the chance to hear it!
As a tradition, All Time Low brings people from the audience to perform Time Bomb with them. Though I was not one of those lucky people, it was still a fun thing to watch.
When they were leaving after their set was over, Uptown Funk started playing and the entire band started dancing. As a tradition, people throws bras on stage, especially to Jack, who collects them on his microphone stand. During this, he took off his shirt, put on one of the hot pink bras and was dancing to the song. It was strange, unexpected and hilarious. One of the many reasons why I love that band: they are complete weirdos.
So that’s my brief review of the Future Hearts tour. The show was an all-around good time, especially with the music. If you have any other questions please let me know, or if you want me to continue this series on my blog. The next one will be on The Maine’s American Candy tour when they’re here in Boston.
Have a great day!