Of course I love both.
When I heard the Chainsmokers were touring and bringing 5 Seconds of Summer along with them, I knew I had to go. They’ve both been around for awhile and have accumulated a list of hit songs that have me grooving in my seat just thinking about them.
Dad and I met up with some friends and sat in the lower bowl. Usually I’m a floor gal, but these seats were really excellent and allowed me a great vantage point of everything happening. I often feel like a lot of energy is lost by sitting in the arena seats versus the floor, but that was not the case with this show since it had SO MUCH ENERGY!
5SOS came out first. I had been listening to a lot of their music before the show and fell in love with so many of their songs that tell stories with melodic lyrics and then have great beats and music to back them up. It’s not often I hear a song once and fall in love with it but that happened over and over with their songs.
They began the set super strong with She Looks So Perfect and Easier. Then they transitioned into some lesser known but still fabulous songs like More, Talk Fast, and Waste the Night. During these songs, I sang along to the parts I knew and loved watching them play instruments, interact with the crowd, and sing their hearts out.
A cover of What’s My Age Again? (we all agreed they need to sing the whole song) transitioned into Jet Black Heart, Teeth, Want You Back, and Youngblood. I was really sad to see their set end. Blasting through sixteen songs in less then an hour meant it flew by and was nonstop. Their talent totally shines through and I would recommend seeing them any chance you have.
Before long (yay for short set breaks) the Chainsmokers took the stage. While I know a lot of their songs and did end up singing along to almost all of them, I had never seen them live. I had no idea what to expect, but I probably wasn’t expecting the kind of show they put on.
That’s not a bad thing, not at all. I have never seen such an energetic, wild, DJ driven show that I believe they referred to as a rave at one point. I would personally (since I have not been to a rave, though apparently now that has changed) compare it to a wild, packed nightclub times about one thousand. It was fun and cool and entertaining and incredibly loud.
Like 5SOS, there was not a single moment of downtime. They went from one song to the next, showcasing their incredible mixing skills in between that had me rapt and excited to see what was going to happen next. Peeking at the setlist for this show only laid the groundwork for what actually happened.
They brought out both openers, a touch I always love); first Lennon Stella to sing Takeaway, then 5SOS for Who Do You Love. The rest of the show was hit after hit with fireworks, pyrotechnics, motorcycles, and the drummer playing with sticks on fire in between.
Paris, Call You Mine, Don’t Let Me Down (LOVE that song – the lyrics are so powerful), Sick Boy, This Feeling (I’ve also seen Kelsea Ballerini perform that live), Closer, and my all time favorite Something Just Like This were the other songs that filled me with joy and energy. I have wanted to hear Something Just Like This live since it came out. I figured it would be the next time I see Coldplay, but to have it be the Chainsmokers was fun and somehow appropriate for my current place in life.
The Chainsmokers talent is clear, in a completely different way than 5SOS or honestly any performer I have seen. They think differently, move differently, take it all in differently. I respect them and their talent; in particular, Andrew Taggert has a serious voice. I feared there wouldn’t be much singing at all since most of their hit songs are sung by other people, but for many songs that wasn’t true. Taggert sang other artists’ parts and more than pulled it off.
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Performance of Don’t Let Me Down at Little Caesars Arena. Possibly my favorite @thechainsmokers song 🎶 #music #concert #concertjunkie #livemusic #danceparty #musicistherapy #musicislife #dontletmedown #chainsmokers #chainsmokersconcert #electronicmusic #detroit #littlecaesarsarena #positivevibesonly #nightout #worldwarjoy
I’m not sure if I’d see the Chainsmokers again. They’d have to release a lot more songs. This isn’t a knock on them. The show was absolutely awesome and mind-blowing, but it was also a lot to take in and I’m not sure a second time around would be better. Sometimes the magic happens in one of those perfect moments and it can’t be recreated. I mean when the night started with this gorgeous sunset how can you go wrong?