Australian pop-punk band, 5 Seconds of Summer, is on the road yet again.
The show consists of 20 North American tour dates, including a stop in South Florida on tonight at the Hard Rock Live in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
One FIU student and mega fan, Viviana Montalti, 23, is going to five of those 20 tour dates. On the bands previous tour, the Take My Hand World Tour, she went to all 28 North American tour dates.
“I grew up with 5SOS, listening to them, supporting them and learning from them. I have been a fan for almost half my life now and every prime moment, either good or bad, 5SOS and their music have been present for me,” Montalti said.
It’s no surprise that 5SOS has a powerful impact. Through their music and stage presence, they captivate their crowds in a way that leaves their extremely dedicated fanbase begging for more. That is why multiple fans from South Florida are going to different shows across the country.
This tour will give fans the opportunity of experiencing new things that 5SOS has never previously done at live shows. The North American leg of the tour began in Montville, Connecticut on August 10 and will end in Los Angeles on September 14.
After coming together in Sydney, Australia in 2011, Luke Hemmings (lead singer), Michael Clifford (guitarist), Calum Hood (bassist) and Ashton Irwin (drummer) quickly took the world by storm. By 2013, they were on tour with the world’s biggest boyband, One Direction, who have since disbanded. Now, 5SOS have sold over 10 million albums, 2 million concert tickets, and have received over 7 billion streams on music streaming platforms making them one of the most successful modern bands of our time.
The 5 Seconds of Summer Show is unlike any tour the band has ever done before. This tour’s setlist includes songs from every 5SOS album and is being described by many as an anniversary tour to commemorate the bands legacy. Not only are they playing songs from their most recent album, “5SOS5,” for the first time ever, but they’re also paying tribute to their self-titled debut record by playing fan-favorites that haven’t been played live in years.
One thing that stands out to many about this tour is a giant, red dice that Hemmings throws into the crowd each night. On each side of the dice is a different surprise song. Fans will roll the dice to select the night’s mystery song before it makes its way back to the stage.
“We’re not trying to get out there and play the same old same old, we really try to reinvent the wheel every time and we try to showcase the best parts of our careers,” Irwin said in an interview with Febre Teen. “This tour encapsulates a lot of the best years that we’ve had.”
When it comes to 5SOS fans, there is one thing that doesn’t falter, and that’s loyalty. Although the band has gained many fans every year since they started, the majority of their fans stick around forever.