PHILADELPHIA, PA – Fog began to roll in early, blanketing the stage and leaving us all unable to see what was underneath. A sudden burst of white light had every girl in the room screaming at the top of her lungs and stampeding forward as the heavy sound of drums rang through the air. After having waited outside for hours in cold weather and light rain, it was all the crowd could do not to squish each other as they fought in eager anticipation to get closer to their idols. When the fog finally began to settle it revealed a newly revived 5 Seconds of Summer kicking off their Philly show with their 2014 hit “She Looks So Perfect.”
The Aussie boyband chose to begin their first tour in 2 ½ years in Philadelphia with some old favorites before briefly engaging the crowd of nearly 1,000 at the Theatre of Living Arts. The small general admission venue has housed countless screaming fans since 1988 and the night of April 9th, 2018, was no exception as frenzied teenage girls, semi-excited parents, and a few seemingly reluctant boyfriends came streaming through the front doors packing the place to its gills.
Their pulsing rock/pop songs were so loud and vibrant I could feel them vibrating through my whole body as I jumped in time with the rest of the crowd. The band mostly played their old hits like “Amnesia,” and “Jet Black Heart,” but they were able to squeeze in some songs from their third album, “Youngblood,” which will be released on June 22. They finished out their set with the song that shot them back in to the public eye, “Want You Back.”
The crowd screamed and danced along as 5SOS provided a great show of cheerful banter and good music. The band, the crowd, the music, all put together the night was electric. The show overall was a good comeback for the band after having taken time off to work on their third album.
While dashing Australian boys and catchy songs are incredibly captivating, I found their set to be a tad impersonal. Luke, Michael, Calum, and Ashton did their best to banter with each other, but they were incredibly brief and did little to engage with the crowd other than the standard “Philly, we love you!” Another slightly disappointing point of the night was the fact that the house lights were up and the boys were gone after 13 songs and less than 50 minutes on stage. After having waited outside in 40-degree weather for hours with all of the other fans it was a bit of a letdown that they were off the stage and we were being ushered out before the fog had even settled.
With that being said, I do not regret my attendance as the boys of 5SOS delivered a night I’ll never forget. It’s looking as though the rest of this tour will be pretty good for the boys of 5 Seconds of Summer, but I hope that for the sake of their fans the boys decide to play a few more songs before heading off stage.