Terminal 5 was packed with fans both young and old for Tuesday nights Fitz and The Tantrums show. To be honest, I was pretty surprised to see such a variety of ages show up to see the band.
The band's latest album, HandClap
, features an album cover with a hand on it (go figure) covered in neon lights. As I walked into the venue I was asked by girls working for Terminal 5 to paint one of my hands in neon paint to wave around during the show. I obliged and five minutes later my hand was lit up in pink, blue, and white.
Lots of people in the crowd looked like they came straight from work to see the show, dressed in slacks with a shirt and tie, while others looked like they came straight from middle school and high school.
The opening act was Finish Ticket, who played a pretty good set lasting around 40 minutes or so.
At 9:45 the crowd roared and the lights went up as Fitz and The Tantrums took the stage singing "Get Right Back," a track off of their newest album. Lead singer, Michael Fitzpatrick (Fitz) and female vocalist Noelle Scaggs started dancing and getting down from the second the show started.
After the first few songs, Fitz told the crowd that the night was "about getting down and dirty here with us." I liked what I heard. The band had awesome chemistry with each other but also with their audience. It was apparent that they really enjoyed being on stage and sharing their music with us. They didn't stop dancing and singing the entire night.
After they played "HandClap", they tried to have a little dance along with the crowd, which was a blast, but not everyone had the same sense of natural rhythm as they did.
All night I was mesmerized watching James King, the band's saxophonist. He played two different kinds of saxophones and also got on the keyboard from time to time. During multiple songs, he played some nasty sax solos, which the audience ate up. They cheered him on and shouted in amazement, as did I. At one point he even did the sax opening from Jason Derulo's song "Talk Dirty." He is so damn talented, I was part amazed and envious. My elementary-level violin skills have nothing on this guy's instrumental prowess.
While I tried to take a good picture of the band performing, these two guys were standing next to me, both decked out in sequin outfits and hats, but underneath their sequins, they were wearing shirts that read "Orlando". I was surrounded by couples swaying, singing, dancing and clapping and the overall vibe of the audience was really loving, happy, and supportive.
17 songs later the band exited the stage. A few people began to leave, I guess they haven't heard of an encore before? About two minutes later, Fitz came back on the stage asking us "You guys want more?" Everyone who stayed got to listen to the band finish the night with "MoneyGrabber" and "The Walker."
Right before they began to play their final song, "The Walker," They took a minute to thank everyone for coming out and for helping them to make their dreams come true. Although I can't say that I had a real hand in making their dreams come true, finally seeing them live definitely made one of my dreams come true.
Get Right Back
Dont Gotta Work It Out
Out of My League
Break The Walls
Breakin The Chains of Love
Do What You Want
Burn It Down