Hollywood experienced a takeover Friday, Oct. 23, when Hot Topic and 5 Seconds of Summer teamed up for a show and meet-and-greet. The Australian band crashed Hollywood and Highland to celebrate the release of their second album, Sounds Good Feels Good.
Despite starting late and a rumored appearance by Justin Bieber, the teenage-heavy audience respectfully waited for their idols to take the stage. All bets were off once the lads appeared, and the music was drowned out by screaming fans. The squeals quickly turned into a crowd sing-along as the concert started. The only thing tighter than the boys’ pants were the audience’s vocals. It was almost as if the thousands of them had rehearsed before the show.
5SOS started with fan favorite “Hey Everybody!” — although judging by the screams, every song was a fan favorite. The group then moved into “She’s Kinda Hot,” the first single from their second album, which reached No. 22 on the Billboard Hot 100. Next was a throwback to their first album with “Amnesia,” followed by “Jet Black Heart,” which was an early download from Sounds Good Feels Good.
Luke Hemmings’ announced the band’s last song, saying, “If you don’t know who we are, this is a song you should know… hopefully,” before launching into the act’s early hit single “She Looks So Perfect.”
As soon as the 5SOS left the stage, everyone swarmed the Hot Topic store for a meet-and-greet. For those who didn’t get a glimpse, the band announced tour dates in 2016 for the Sounds Live Feels Live tour.