All Time Low’s “Future Hearts Tour” rolled through San Jose last night along with Issues, Tonight Alive and State Champs. Given the average age of the audience for these bands, someone had enough foresight to plan around a Monday school night and, what would normally be considered an obscenely early start time of 6 pm, worked perfectly. By the time State Champs took the state, the floor up front was already packed.
Early on it became clear that this crowd that was there for the whole line-up, those up front trying to get as comfortable as possible their spots while others jockeyed for a closer position. From the stage, you could literally feel the heat radiating off of the crowd and the waft of a sweaty locker room funk was unavoidable. Between bands, security kept busy hydrating the front of the room with bottle after bottle of water and hoisting out those that couldn’t bear the crush any more (and there were many).
It seemed when Issues wrapped their set, those that had been lingering towards the back of the room made their way closer with a single mindedness that underscored the dedication of ATL’s fanbase, leaving the balcony largely empty but for the parents waiting it out. Those up front craned their necks trying to see the setlist taped to the front of the stage, subsequently getting visibly agitated when, minutes before ATL was set to take the stage, the crew scrambled out and scratched off Six Feet Under The Stars. For the most part, though, the kids were there to have a good time and when the curtain finally dropped at 8:50 pm to expose the drum riser, the place went absolutely bonkers.
While the show didn’t get the guest star power of the previous night in Hollywood, that didn’t temper the enthusiasm from either the band or the crowd. Jack Barakat (lead guitar) was all over the place, clearly relishing the assortment of ladies undergarments that were tossed on stage throughout the night. Pausing between songs, Alex noted that he had a wedgie, a good sign so early in the set … just one example of the banter that kept the mood festive between songs. If the banter, music and bras didn’t do it for you, there was always the confetti … heaps of the stuff … that cinched the deal and left the kids smiling when the show wrapped up a 10 pm.
- The Irony of Choking on a Lifesaver
- Lost In Stereo
- Damned If I Do Ya (Damned If I Don’t)
- Missing You
- The Reckless and the Brave
- A Love Like War
- Backseat Serenade
- Something’s Gotta Give
- Kids In The Dark
- Jasey Rae
- Dear Maria, Count Me In
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