Tuesday night I had the amazing opportunity to cover All Time Low’s A Love Like Tour with Man Overboard and Handguns at Upstate Concert Hall. It was clear before anyone took the stage that it was going to be a fantastic night based off of the lineup and the sold out crowd. Despite freezing rain it felt like a sauna inside the venue with the fire alarms even going off momentarily at one point during the night. Even the heat and alarms didn’t slow down the crowd or the bands. Each band put on memorable sets that will have fans talking for quite some time.
Handguns took the stage first and really kicked off the night right. I’ve seen them before, in fact they were the first band I ever got to cover a show for which made two night ago even more special, but they seem to get better and better each time I see them. I even had the awesome opportunity to interview guitarist Kyle Vaught and bassist CJ Wilson before the show (check the interview page!). The group has grown significantly and really developed a great stage presence over the past few years. They released their single “Heart vs. Head” earlier this month and fans are already singing along happily during live performances. Handguns was certainly the band that stood out to me the most last night. I’ve seen All Time Low quite a few times and had high expectations for them (which they of course still exceeded) but Handguns performance was above and beyond what I’d expected and I had high expectations for their set as well. The energy on stage with high flying jumps and nonstop movement in combination with catchy and fun songs make Handguns an amazing band that excels live.
Man Overboard took the stage next and also put on a good set. They were a band I was very much looking forward to seeing as I’ve somehow missed their set or their show every time they’ve been in state for some reason or another. Everyone really seemed to love what they were doing throughout the entire set which makes a show that much more enjoyable. Overall their live sound was a bit different than the sound on their records but their set was still well done.
All Time Low took the stage in all of their glory with fans chanting their name at the top of their lungs. These guys are constantly all over the stage and flying through the air; to top it all off they don’t slow down at all throughout the entire set. They are certainly a band you must see live at some point because their music is even better live than it is through headphones. They are truly one of the funniest bands to see because of their interactions with fans and one another on and off stage. They embody what every band should strive to be when performing; they are energetic and into their songs and clearly love every second of it. Jack Barakat of course is the jokester of the group and loves to crack funny comments between songs to keep the crowd amused while frontman Alex Gaskarth shakes his head and laughs along. All Time Low is terrific with interacting with fans, reaching out to crowd surfers and bringing fans on stage to sing along, and with interacting with one another goofing off and having fun while playing. This just adds to their phenomenal stage presence. They ended the evening on a huge note which is sure to have fans anxiously awaiting the new music they will be working on after this tour and then eventually the touring to support that music.
A Love Like Tour was by far one of the most entertaining shows I’ve seen in quite sometime. Each and every band knew how to have fun on stage while still putting on a fantastic musical performance which is what makes a tour such as this one so special. Unfortunately the tour ends May 3rd but be sure to catch Handguns on tour this summer in support of their new album Life Lessons and Man Overboard on their tour with Transit, Forever Came Calling, and Knuckle Puck which starts at the end of May!
More Photos from the show on my tumblr!