When I found out The Chainsmokers enlisted 5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS) as their openers for the World War Joy Tour, I was perplexed. Their styles are very different. Chainsmokers are known for being a rambunctious EDM duo, while 5SOS are known as the fun 5-piece pop-rock band. But witnessing them both in action at the Forum in Inglewood, CA on Nov. 26, I realized that bringing both genres together was the perfect recipe for a memorable night.
The night began with a small set from up-and-coming solo artist Lennon Stella. Dressed in a black suit with sparkly chains, she captivated the audience with her strong vocals and sweet personality. With a stronger stage presence and livelier material, Stella is bound to become a big name in the industry.
The self-proclaimed "an Australian rock band called" 5 Seconds of Summer performed to loveable shrills from the female crowd. Beginning with one of their first career hits "You Look So Perfect," the band went on to perform a huge 15-song set of songs—ranging from their three studio albums and new singles released earlier this year.
5SOS aren't a boy band. Every member knows how to rock and show off their flawless skills. The band's lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Luke Hemmings has the aurora and voice of a true super-star. He can snarl, effortlessly controls his high notes on songs like "Teeth" and tone it down on ballads. Other band members Calum Hood, Michael Clifford and Ashton Irwin are just as charismatic. When not drumming with everything he’s got, Ashton Irwin kept having fun with the crowd. Encouraging everyone to get up and rock out, Clifford alongside Hood took turns stealing the spotlight by singing and playing their guitar and bass respectively. The band had the entire crowd singing along and ended their set with their biggest hit to date, “Youngblood.”
The Chainsmokers know how to make an entrance for their hometown show. Holding fire lite torches, Alex Pall and Drew Taggart alongside their drummer Matt McGuire got the Forum pumping with a big 30-song performance. Their set was filled with guest surprises and jaw-dropping theatrics. The duo started the night by bringing out tour mate Lennon Stella to sing their collab "Takeaway." Although Taggart has gotten hate in the past for not having the strongest voice, he’s improved vastly. His voice sounded melodic, with a really good tone. His confidence shined the entire night.
Everyone was shocked when The Chainsmokers surprised us with punk rock icons blink-182. Together they performed their unreleased collab “P.S. I Hope You’re Happy” for the first time. The live performance featured vocals from both The Chainsmokers’ Taggart and blink-182’s Mark Hoppus, while McGuire and Travis Barker played the drums. In January, it was revealed that they had written a song together, with The Chainsmokers sharing the news on Twitter, "Just did a session with blink-182 and wrote an amazing song. We can die happy now," which was confirmed by frontman Mark Hoppus. Taggart also ended up revealing their new album would be out this week.
When not entertaining the crowd with surprise appearances (they also brought out 5S0S for their collab "Who Do You Love"), the band kept the adrenaline going with a 6,000-pound sphere known as the Globe of Death. Taggart took a turn singing inside the giant metal ball and later invited three motorcyclists to spin around it. The show wouldn’t be complete without big pyrotechnics bursting throughout the night and fun music from the duo. The Chainsmokers delighted fans with all their hits including "Paris," "Roses," "Closer," "Something Just Like This" and even performed a cover of Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Under the Bridge."