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Review: 5 Seconds of Summer puts on a vivacious live show at Pier 17

On Wednesday, July 13, 5 Seconds of Summer performed their second consecutive sold-out show at New York’s Pier 17.

5 Seconds of Summer
5 Seconds of Summer. Photo Credit: Andy DeLuca
5 Seconds of Summer. Photo Credit: Andy DeLuca

On Wednesday, July 13, pop-rock group 5 Seconds of Summer performed their second consecutive sold-out show at New York’s Pier 17. This was a part of their “Take My Hand” World Tour.

The British rock group Pale Waves was able to warm up the stage for them.

5 Seconds of Summer kicked off their set with the mid-tempo and unapologetic “No Shame,” and their presence was met with a raucous response. They immediately broke into the catchy “Easier” and the sassy and nonchalant “More.”

“Want You Back” was just as irresistible, and after “Disconnected,” they encouraged their listeners to “Take My Hand.” It was followed by the soaring “Red Desert.”

The inclusion of “Blender” in their set was an added bonus since it was filled with raw emotions, it definitely struck a chord with the hearts of their listeners. Equally noteworthy was the hypnotic “Complete Mess,” which featured their rich, resonant harmonies, and the effervescent “Lover of Mine.”

After “She Looks So Perfect,” they closed with the spitfire “Teeth” and the melodically-stunning “Jet Black Heart.”

“Amnesia” is this journalist’s all-time favorite 5 Seconds of Summer tune, and their performance was sheer bliss (It had a One Direction “Little Things” vibe to it, and that ought to be taken as a major compliment). It was followed by the infectious “2011” and the bombastic “Castaway.”

For their encore, they returned with the stirring “Ghost of You,” where everybody was singing along with them, and their global smash hit “Youngblood,” which became the theme song of the night.

Their latest single “Blender” is available on digital service providers by clicking here.

5 Seconds of Summer is comprised of Luke Hemmings (vocals/guitar), Michael Clifford (vocals/guitar), Calum Hood (vocals/bass), and Ashton Irwin (vocals/drums).

They were quickly hailed as the “biggest new rock act in the world” by Rolling Stone, and are the only band in history to see their first three full-length studio albums enter the Billboard 200 at No. 1.

The band have sold over 2.5 million concert tickets while touring the world several times over and sold more than 12 million albums. They recently joined Spotify’s exclusive Billions Club with their hit single “Youngblood.”

For the first time in over a decade, 5 Seconds of Summer have completely taken control of their destiny. With their forthcoming fifth full-length album, 5SOS5, the band ascends to the next level musically – it’s also their first LP to be released independently in partnership with BMG.

The album showcases the band’s multi-faceted artistry and growth over their 10-year career, evidenced in their latest singles “Complete Mess,” and “Me, Myself & I.” The band’s fifth studio album, 5SOS5, will be released on September 23, 2022.

The Verdict

Overall, 5 Seconds of Summer was able to put on a high-energy concert at Pier 17 in Manhattan. They had the Big Apple crowd with them every step of the way. They proved that they are one of the most underrated music acts out there. Their live show garnered two giant thumbs up.

It bears to mention that the moon last night was stunning as it shone upon the venue, which was the ideal setting for this 5 Seconds of Summer concert.

Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 21,000 original articles over the past 18 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a 16-time "Best of Long Island" winner, where for three consecutive years (2020, 2021, and 2022), he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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