Full disclosure: There was a decent portion of my life where All Time Low was my favorite band (not recently, but, hey, middle school).
Those of us who used to close our bedroom doors, turn up our iPods, and blast “Remembering Sunday” and “Damned If I Do Ya, Damned If I Don’t” flocked to the IM Fields this evening to see All Time Low as the penultimate act of Movin’ On. With a broad but somewhat criticized lineup, many D.R.A.M. fans cleared the area in front of the stage to make way for those who made the trek north just to hear songs that reminded them of middle school.
All Time Low started things off on a nostalgic note (lol puns) with 2009 hits “Weightless” and “Lost In Stereo,” but from there primarily sampled from songs that most of the audience was too old to really know. Despite this, the show was electric. A lot of All Time Low’s newer songs are really fun to jump around to, even if you don’t know the words.
One highlight of the setlist that kept the crowd engaged was a cover of Lorde’s “Green Light,” strategically placed in the middle of the show. A song that demands to be sung at the top of your lungs, the crowd went all in, and All Time Low followed up with “Backseat Serenade,” which is another fun song that really just gets you in the mood for summer.
Aged a bit since the last time most of us have probably seen ATL, it’s fun to see the band’s on-stage antics remain. Seeing an inflatable dinosaur in the crowd, lead singer Alex Gaskarth invited the fan to join them onstage (unfortunately, the bodyguards weren’t having it). At one point, the guitarist Jack pointed to Beaver Stadium across Park Ave. and said, “I hear you can fit 100,000 people in that stadium. Could you imagine the orgy we could have in that thing?”
Ultimately, All Time Low’s set might not have been the complete throwback we were hoping for, but the band’s energy got the crowd hyped up for the final act of the night, Two Door Cinema Club. Like any good All Time Low concert, however, (and I’m pretty sure every All Time Low concert for the last 10 years) the show ended with “Dear Maria, Count Me In,” just as we were all hoping it would.
Will any of us ever see All Time Low in concert again? It’s hard to say, but as exciting as tonight’s show might have been, it wasn’t the trip down memory lane many of us were envisioning when the lineup was announced.
If you think I’m lying, here’s All Time Low’s Full setlist:
- Lost In Stereo
- Cinderblock Garden
- Something’s Gotta Give
- Last Young Renegade
- Kids In The Dark
- Missing You
- Green Light (cover)
- Backseat Serenade
- Dirty Laundry
- Take Cover
- Dear Maria, Count Me In