Sunday, October 13, The Chainsmokers held a concert at Columbus' Schottenstein Center. This was the Chainsmokers's "World War Joy Tour", named after their most recent album "World War Joy...Takeaway". The DJ duo had openers Lennon Stella and 5 Seconds of Summer. 5 Seconds of Summer was a contraversial choice of openers since the pop-rock going alternative band have held concerts of their own. However, The Chainsmokers have songs featuring both openers, so this enabled them to perform their songs with both Lennon Stella and 5SOS.
After a 30 minute interval, the lights went out, and 5 Seconds of Summer took the stage. The band started out with their most popular song "She Looks So Perfect" from their first self titled album. The crowd was very into the performance, even those that were not there for 5SOS, since it is such a well known song. They followed with their second most recent release "Easier", which is when some people sat down. Even though I know it was a Chainsmokers concert, I was still surprised when the couple in the seats next to me sat down on their phones.
The Australian band continued their set with a lot of songs from their newest album "Youngblood". Songs from their second album "Sounds Good Feels Good" and first album "5 Seconds of Summer" made an appearance: "Waste the Night", "Amnesia", and "Jet Black Heart". The performance was as fantastic as always. They engaged the crowd and wowed them with their musical talent. They even made time for a cover of Blink-182's "What's My Age Again?" to make sure that even those that were not at the concert for 5SOS would be happy with their performance.
Front man Luke Hemmings demonstrated his wondrous vocals the entire night and taught the crowd some lines to sing during a few of the songs. Bassist Calum Hood did not give any bass solos, but such a thing is rather unheard of. He did, however, sing for us. Though he is not the front man known for his singing, he still has a wonderful voice and it was cool to hear something different. Ashton Irwin the drummer, as bubbly as always had a few drum solos, making up for his lack of singing and absence of percussion in "Amnesia". He goes hard on the drumming and I know understand the hype of fourth quarter drumlins at football games. Michael Clifford, guitarist, was in the shadows the front end of the night, literally and figuratively. From my seats to the left side of the stage, Clifford was but an outline in the fog coming from the fog machines, but the music that emanated from his guitar made up his presence. He was the last to talk, but as they say: save the best for last. This was my third 5 Seconds of Summer concert, and I can honestly say that they never come up short on a concert, no matter how short their part is.