Photos + Review: Future Hearts Tour at City National Grove (Anaheim, CA)

Future Hearts Tour
State Champs (Albany, NY), Tonight Alive (Sydney, Australia), Issues (ATL/LA), and All Time Low (Towson, Maryland)
May 2nd, 2015
The City National Grove in Anaheim, CA

The Future Hearts tour is underway folks!  All Time Low has along Issues, Tonight Alive, and State Champs for one of the best tour packages currently on the road.  They made a stop at the City National Grove in Anaheim and played a hell of a show to an at capacity crowd.  State Champs started the night off with their pop-punk tunes that got the crowd off their feet early.  I missed the beginning of their set but the end of it was very fun to watch.

Before Tonight Alive even hit the stage,  Jenna McDougall’s sweet notes filled the air.  The tune ended up being an extended intro to “Lonely Girl.”  As soon as the familiar notes of the song began, the crowd went wild.  McDougall and her pals on guitar Jake Hardy, Whakaio Taahi, Cam Adler, and Matt Best on drums have their performance down pat and know exactly when to incite the crowd.  One of the best parts of their set was before they went into “What Are You So Scared Of?” where they asked the crowd to say “From this day, I refuse to live in fear of someone else’s judgement.” The Grove is a huge place you guys, it was super nice to hear the phrase echo throughout the building.  It was one of the coolest things I’ve seen at a show.  The world needs more bands like Tonight Alive.

From the moment Issues’ anime-like banner went up and they uncovered their cabs that were set up like Game Boys and Pokemon game cartridges, the crowd knew they were in for a fun set.  The band hit the stage with their energy set to high and powered through 8 songs.  They hardly stopped except for co-frontman Tyler Carter’s cheesy song intros that were smh-funny.  The crowd was the rowdiest I’d seen them the entire night until the band played “Disappear” to the tune of everyone in attendance.  It was super nice to witness.  I can’t wait to catch these guys again.

All Time Low hit the stage and were received by a room full of screaming fans.  They started their set with “Satellite” off of their latest record Future Hearts. They powered through a 20 song set that had the crowd with their hands in the air and jumping to their sweet tunes.  Especially during “A Love Like War” where Tonight Alive’s Jenna McDougall made an appearance to sing the parts normally sung by Pierce the Veil’s Vic Fuentes.  But the crowd went especially wild during “Dear Maria, Count Me In” where they were showered with plenty of confetti.  The good thing about an All Time Low show is no matter where you are focusing your attention, you’re gonna be entertained.  Whether it’s Jack Barakat’s stage antics or Zack Merrick and Rian Dawson’s shredding, something cool or hilarious is going on.  Alex Gaskarth is sounding better than ever these days and the band as a whole is the tighest I’ve seen them yet.  Clearly, All Time Low is at the top of their game with no signs of slowing down any time soon.  Make sure you catch the tour when it comes to town, dates are here.

 

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