LIVE: 5 Seconds of Summer @ SPAC, 8/26/15
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
It was the big boy-band bash of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s summer concert season. And it was a huge happy 24th birthday party for 5 Seconds of Summer drummer Ashton Irwin, who was enthusiastically serenaded by his bandmates and the largely young, female crowd.
Yes, the loooong wait was finally over (tickets for the concert went on sale more than a year ago), and the Australian pop-punk band had arrived in the Spa City with almost as much fanfare as American Pharoah.
Following an opening set from Hey Violet, 5SOS pumped out plenty of their hits, a sneak preview of their upcoming album Sounds Good Feels Good (highlighted by “Permanent Vacation” and their current single “She’s Kinda Hot”) and a few select covers (including Green Day’s “American Idiot” and an encore of the Romantics’ “What I Like About You”).
And what did the crowd like about 5SOS? Just about everything…
Excerpt from Isabella Reed’s review at The Daily Gazette: “‘This one’s for you guys. It’s called “Rejects,”‘ the band explained, and halfway through the song, they pulled Mackenzie, a teen from Glens Falls, onto stage to play the guitar of Michael Clifford, guitarist and vocalist for the band. ‘They pointed the huge light at my sign and started shaking it and I was so confused,’ Mackenzie explained after the concert. ‘There were huge bodyguards, and they just pushed me, like, pushed me to the stage. They all just made it the best experience you can ever imagine.’ ‘Wrapped Around Your Finger,’ a song widely known among 5SOS fans, was played mostly in the dark, the stage lit mainly by the glowing flashlights of adoring fans, many of whom were looking forward to hearing this particular song played live. Nearing the end of the band’s performance, Clifford took a moment to give a shout out to Tyler and Derek of State Champs, a band based in Albany that had previously joined 5SOS on a leg of their tour and had come to support them in their home territory.”