Live Review: All Time Low at the Theater of the Living Arts, Philadelphia
By Callie Clibanoff
With their fifth studio album, Don’t Panic, still on an upward spiral after first-week sales of nearly 50,000 in October, pop-punk band All Time Low hit the stage November 17 at the Theater of the Living Arts in Philadelphia.
The international tour, which also features The Downtown Fiction, Hit the Lights and The Summer Set, extends through mid-March and takes in the US, Canada, UK, Australia and Japan.
The Downtown Fiction — dressed in plaid shirts and the skinniest of skinny jeans — got things going early, finishing their blistering set with their hit single, “I Just Wanna Run.” Up next were Hit the Lights, who ripped through a full set, including their No. 1 track, “Body Bag.” During their set, All Time Low’s manager, Matt Flyzick, made a brief cameo and even sang with the band. The Summer Set’s set was the longest of the opening acts, with Brian Dales and the rest of the band providing fans with a night to remember.
All Time Low hit the stage with “The Reckless and The Brave,” the opener from the contagiously upbeat Don’t Panic. Within the first 30 seconds, lead singer Alex Gaskarth caught the first of what would end up being the night’s many bras. It’s become an All Time Low tradition: At every stop on the tour, girls throw their bras on stage with messages for the band, turning the stage into an ersatz Victoria’s Secret sporting bras of all varieties, shapes and sizes.
The band, who are celebrating 10 years together, put together a set that pleased old fans and new, serving up their 2009 single, “Damned If I Do Ya (Damned If I Don’t)” and a hefty serving of tracks from their new album.
All Time Low never fail to bring high energy and humor to their set, and this show was no exception. The band — and crowd — turned it up a notch during the last two songs, “Weightless” and “Dear Maria Count Me In,” two of the band’s biggest hits.
All Time Low — who are clearly a tight-knit brotherhood on stage — killed it in Philly.