In 2003, the land of crab cakes gave birth to four teenagers with a mission; to take over the world one penis joke at a time. All Time Low is notorious for their ability to make thousands of fans laugh and sing in the span of one hour-long live set. This fall, the quartet from Baltimore, Maryland decided to do what some fans may call a “throwback” tour, a short-stinted, small venue, low-key tour. On Monday, October 18, 2010, I attended the first stop on the “My Small Package Tour”.
On that cold, rainy, autumn night North Star Bar in Philadelphia, PA housed the band and 200 of their fans. Given a time slot of an hour and a half, All Time Low was able to play at least one song from each of their four most known albums, with about sixteen others as well. Around 9:45 PM the band took the stage, opening with the second single off their latest album Nothing Personal, “Damned if I Do Ya (Damned If I Don’t).” This upbeat song got the crowd moving and blood pumping throughout the venue. They followed the song with three other tracks off the same album before jumping back in time to songs from their 2007 debut full-length, So Wrong, It’s Right. Lead singer Alex Gaskarth made it known that it had been years since they had played some of those songs, but the band had been practicing specifically for this tour, bringing back beloved tracks such as “Stay Awake” and “Poppin’ Champagne.”
The band admitted to not having an official setlist for that night, which may have been why they began some songs, quitting halfway through, only to smoothly glide into a cover song. All Time Low played their own songs in addition to their Punk Goes Crunk cover of Rihanna’s “Umbrella,” “Don’t Stop Believing,” and even ending their oldest hit “Circles,” with Fall Out Boy’s “Sugar We’re Goin’ Down.”
Overall, the crowd was pleased with the even mix of throwbacks and newer songs the band had to offer. Playing almost every track off of the EP that truly lead to their fame, Put Up or Shut Up, All Time Low took their 90 minute set as a homage to their fans that have been with them since the start. The four-piece showed that they may be taking the world by storm with pop-punk riffs and catchy choruses, but they’re still the back-pocket band their fans remember them as.
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