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The Chainsmokers, 5 Seconds of Summer, and Lennon Stella @ United Center

The United Center was on fire Friday night! The Chainsmokers, 5 Seconds of Summer and Lennon Stella stopped in Chicago during their “World War Joy Tour,” and they did not disappoint.

First up was Canadian singer, Lennon Stella, who did a great job performing in front of a lot of people who probably knew very little about her or her music. She performed gracefully for 30 minutes and had a great backup band supporting her as well.

I was very excited for Australian band, 5 Seconds of Summer, who was up next. We play their “Youngblood” song on 102.3 XLC frequently and I never thought I’d get the chance to see them live… and take photos of their show. They rocked my socks off and played to an energetic crowd for an hour. The young lady onlookers went wild, were screaming and I even saw a girl cry happy tears.

Finally it was time for New York City-based EDM duo, The Chainsmokers, to take the stage. The stage was no ordinary stage setup. There was the typical rectangular stage at the end of the arena, but they also had the longest, and widest catwalk I’ve ever seen. I have had the opportunity to photograph The Chainsmokers before and they always do such a great job.

Members Drew Taggart and Alex Pall never slowed down from the first beat to the last. There were pyrotechnics, lasers, a floating platform stage that that rose above the crowd, Taggart even locked himself in the “globe of death” ball, a popular circus act where motorcycles ride inside a steel ball. In that ball he would climb up the sides and sing, while the ball was climbing towards the top of the United Center’s ceiling. Joining Taggart during a few songs was Lennon Stella.

Even with all the commotion from the stage decor and lighting, I sat down and closed my eyes, and The Chainsmokers could still bring it, even with only their music. Next time they come to town, you can count on the fact that I’ll be attending their next show as they are truly incredible EDM entertainers. I hate smoking, but I love The Chainsmokers.

Check out my photos from the show below!






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