All Time Low’s returned to the Sands Event Center in Bethlehem as they began the long trek of a tour in support of their new release, “Future Hearts.” The album, released on April 3rd, debuted at Number 2 on the Billboard 200, selling around 75,000 copies in its first week alone. This milestone meant that “Future Hearts” had become the All Time Low’s highest charting album as well as their biggest selling week so far.
“Future Hearts” also debuted at Number 1 in the United Kingdom and broke into the Top 10 in Australia and New Zealand album charts. The album has been a critical success for the band and certainly was great foreshadowing for how their show on Thursday would go at the Sands Event Center.
Though the show was All Time Low’s first return to the Lehigh Valley in over a year the band was just in the area a few weeks prior at Gallery of Sound in Wilkes Barre promoting the release of the new album with an acoustic show. Many fans who made the trek out to that special show were also in attendance at the Sands Event Center as they got a double dosage of their favorite band.
Out supporting All Time Low on the “Future Hearts Tour” are Issues, Tonight Alive, and State Champs; and while each put on fantastic performances they paled in comparison to the show that All Time Low brought when they hit the stage at 8:45PM. As the banner covering their stage set up drop the crowd erupted into a roar mixed with a scream that echoed louder than any moment that night.
There were no expectations amongst the crowd has to how All Time Low was going to kick off the night but when the moment happened the audience was in shock as they sang along to kicking sound of “Satellite,” the first track off “Future Hearts” and a fantastic song to kick the night off with. It began with Alex Gaskarth belting out the lyrics as Rian Dawswon slammed on the drums behind him, then lights cascaded down around him from way above as the song progressed and Jack Barakat joined the mix alongside Zack Merrick. The song moved quick and it ended with a shout, the lights went out and the venue was left screaming in the dark waiting for the next song to kick off.
When the lights came on the band was ready to roll as they dove into “The Irony of Choking on a Lifesaver,” which sent the crowd into a crowd surfing frenzy that would last the majority of the night. From there the band moved quickly into “Lost in Stereo” with Alex Gaskarth grabbing a guitar during this song bringing the band back to the classic on stage look that so many grew to know from their early days. I, and many others, were happy to see that 5 songs from “Future Hearts” made it into the final setlist for the show as those songs are certainly some of their strongest in years if not some of their best of all time.
A sample of the highlights including “Missing You” which saw Alex Gaskarth playing solely acoustic at the beginning before he was joined by the rest of the band, a powerhouse performance of “A Love Like War” featuring guest vocals from Jenna McDougall of Tonight Alive, a lively version the band’s most well known song in my opinion “Damned If I Do Ya (Damned If Don’t) and a performance of “Kids in the Dark” which has quickly become the band’s new anthem.
The being said the night was filled with tons of fun production on stage as well including tons of confetti showered over the crowd and even some fans making their way up on stage during “Time Bomb” late in the set. The setlist was extremely well paced and showcased the band’s transformation over the years with songs on it dating back to their first album. The full setlist for the show is posted below for those who are interested :
The Irony of Choking on a Lifesaver
Lost in Stereo
Six Feet Under the Stars
Damned If I Do Ya (Damned If I Don’t)
Somewhere in Neverland
The Reckless and the Brave
A Love Like War
Something’s Gotta Give
Kids in the Dark
Dear Maria, Count Me In
All Time Low has matured tremendously in the years time since they have performed at the Sands Event Center and as a result they have grown in fan base, almost packing the venue to capacity for this show which is certainly no small feat to accomplish. The being said I think the band has made some great choices with “Future Hearts” because it proved that All Time Low is in it for the long run and that they plan to keep release quality music that will only further push their career. At any point the band could have just phoned it in and road on the popularity of their early material but they proved themselves as artists and made their best album to date. “The Future Hearts” tour marks the beginning of a new chapter for All Time Low that will be the turning point that launches them into arena’s even bigger than the Sands Event Center on their next tour.
Exclusive Gallery provided by Matt Christine Photography of All Time Low at the Sands Event Center :