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5 Seconds of Summer Heats Up Labor Day Weekend in Boston (Concert Review)

With an impromptu Labor Day fireworks display before the show and Boston’s waterfront as the perfect backdrop, 5 Seconds of Summer’s ‘Meet You There’ show was the perfect way to kick off the final long weekend of the summer.


After the record-breaking release of their third studio album, “Youngblood,” the Australian pop-rock band gave their all in their energetic 90-minute set at Boston’s Blue Hills Bank Pavilion.


Photo by Mitchie Sickles.


5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS) officially made history this summer by being the only band to ever have their first three albums debut at number one on the Billboard top 200 charts.  The quartet also successfully beat out Beyoncé and Jay-Z, who released their joint LP album, “Everything is Love” the same week, and claimed a shocking number two spot on the charts.


This was 5 Seconds of Summer’s third show on the North American leg of their “Meet You There” tour and all four members rocked it like it was their first show. The 20-song setlist included 11 of the 13 songs on the standard version of “Youngblood” and two songs from the deluxe version of the album. The group also played some of their earlier hits like, “She’s Kinda Hot,” “She Looks So Perfect,” “The Only Reason,” “Girls Talk Boys,” and “Jet Black Heart.”


Photo by Mitchie Sickles.


The band opened the show with one of the songs from the deluxe version of the album called, “Babylon.” The song showcased the bands older and edgier rock side with the group’s bassist, Calum Hood, as the lead vocal for the whole song, which was a refreshing twist. The group could not have picked a better song to start off the show to its 6000-person crowd.


Next were two new songs, “Talk Fast” and “Moving Along,” and both songs were performed on the bands mini-tour earlier this year called the “5SOS3” tour. The band tested out five new songs from their (at the time) unreleased album, “Youngblood” at smaller club-size venues across the globe.


Photo by Mitchie Sickles.


Later in the show, the group slowed it down and played a slew of new and old slow songs, and the female-majority crowd loved every second of it. Starting with a stand out song from the new album, “Ghost of You,” flashlights were held up high in the sky and stayed there for the next song, which was the band’s double platinum track, “Amnesia.”


For the band’s third slow song, “The Only Reason,” the crowd simultaneously waved orange hearts in the air for the song. According to Luke Hemmings, lead singer of the band, the crowd also held up orange hearts at their 5SOS3 show in Boston back in April. The band’s final slow song, “Lie to Me,” was played partially on the piano by Hemmings, then the rest of the group joined halfway into the melancholy soon-to-be single. 


Two stand out songs from the show had to be “If Walls Could Talk” and “Why Won’t You Love Me” from the band’s newest album. These two songs played live were a completely different experience compared to the studio versions, and for all of the right reasons. With added guitar solos and perfected harmonies, the two songs stood out as personal favorites during the show.


Photo by Mitchie Sickles.


The band ended their show with their three most popular songs, “Want You Back,” which was the first single released off of “Youngblood.” Followed by the two encore songs, “She Looks So Perfect,” which was the band’s first ever single, and lastly, the band’s current single and album title track, “Youngblood” closed the show with an epic and enthusiastic rock-centered performance that did not disappoint.


Overall, this show is one to see for anyone, whether you’re a fan of the band or if you haven’t even heard of the group, you are guaranteed a night to remember at 5 Seconds of Summer’s, “Meet You There” show.


As a longtime fan of 5SOS who has seen the group live before, this experience was like no other. The band is headed in a newer and better direction, with more advanced light and stage production and a new attitude, it was clear this time that 5 Seconds of Summer was passionate and proud of their newest album, and was genuinely excited to play it to the Boston crowd.


Tickets are still on sale for the remainder of the shows on the “Meet You There” tour in North America and Europe. “Youngblood” is also available to listen to everywhere now!


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