The band has come a long way since its debut album in 2007, attracting fans of all ages and celebrity statuses to its final leg of the tour on Saturday night. By the band’s final song – a passionate rendition of “Check Yes Juliet” -- fans were jumping, screaming along and even crying, a saline combination of nostalgia and gratitude for a band that has proven it’s not going anywhere.
Though frontman Travis Clark now has a family at home (his wife gave birth to a baby girl a few months ago), the band will be heading out in June to headline Warped Tour; until then, here are some of the best moments from We the Kings’ final headlining show in West Hollywood:
Fans of All Ages Took Over the Troubadour
Naturally, shrieking tweens dominated the dance floor, but adults enjoying a night out were also sprinkled throughout the room, dancing and singing along to We the Kings classics like “Skyway Avenue” and “Check Yes Juliet."
Celebrities Came Out to Show Their Support
If you think pop punk doesn’t have its fair share of celebrity fans, then you’re dead wrong, as evident from the turnout at last night’s show. Everyone from Jane the Virgin star Justin Baldoni to One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson came out to show their support for We the Kings, even tweeting at the band beforehand to express their excitement.
Choreographed Dance Moves – For the Audience
For the band’s performance of “I Feel Alive," it was the audience’s turn to perform, as Clark taught everyone the two dance moves (a sorority squat and subsequent jump) they would need for the song’s chorus. By the time the song’s first chorus came on, there was not a single person in the room who wasn’t in sorority squat formation – and feeling like a star.
Though We the Kings had six albums of material to perform, that didn’t stop the band from covering songs from Jimmy Eat World’s “The Middle” to Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours." At one point, while drummer Danny Duncan was messing around with his drum set, Clark even sang the beginning of Kanye West’s “Gold Digger” as the crowd rapped along.
Before playing the song "Secret Valentine," Clark recollected the inspiration for the song's inception more than a decade ago, which evidently was losing his virginity. Because he didn't want his daughter to come across a video of him talking about how he lost his virginity, Clark spoke about the entire experience as "playing Tetris."
"One thing they don't tell you about Tetris the first time is that it was only a 3-second game," the singer joked. "And then it was game over." The singer's speech had the crowd laughing at his raw honestly and finding an entirely new appreciation for "Secret Valentine."