ATL’s ‘homecoming’ concert
Although I love them, All Time Low is not one of my top five favorite bands. Still, when I left their show Saturday night, I couldn’t help but think about how great they really are. Unfortunately, I have never seen Blink-182 in concert before, but if I had, I would imagine it’d be something like seeing All Time Low. This is a legitimate live rock band.
On the last day of their “A Love Like Tour,” the band returned home to Baltimore and played about 22 songs. You’d never know that they had been touring since February, including concerts all over Europe. Front man and guitarist Alex Gaskarth’s voice was on point. He and guitarist Jack Barakat showed more energy than almost any other band I’ve seen live before; you’d never know how much they had been touring in the last four months.
It was clear they were stoked to be home in front of a sold-out crowd at Rams Head Live! At one point during the show, fans held up “Welcome Home” signs with the All Time Low sketch skull logo on them, as Gaskarth bowed down to the fans during their hometown anthem, “For Baltimore.” The high point in the show for me was halfway through their set when the rest of the band left the stage, and Gaskarth stood alone with just an acoustic guitar and played my personal favorite All Time Low song, “Remembering Sunday.” It’s a true slow rock anthem that got the entire crowd signing along with Gaskarth’s spot-on vocals.
The whole time, the members of the band were active on stage, but Barakat and Gaskarth’s shtick filled with sexual innuendos and jokes in between songs, seemed to be growing tired. Most of their jokes missed, and with a 22-song setlist, I was ready to get on with the music. Still, they brought plenty of it, playing songs off their breakout album, “So Wrong It’s Right,” all the way through their most recent single, “A Love Like War.” The show was full of stage antics, plenty of singing and a great light show to complement the music, and All Time Low even threw in some covers of songs from Green Day, Lit and Blink.
While the stereotype around All Time Low might be that their music is only for middle school girls, going to one of their shows is a must for any fan of rock/pop-punk music. They truly are shooting to be one of the top bands of our generation and a force to be reckoned with, especially when it comes to live shows.