After much anticipation, America’s favorite British boy band, The 1975, returns to the U.S. on a 35 date North American tour with St. Paul being their 23rd stop along the way, once again playing at Roy Wilkins Auditorium. Known for having some of the most passionate and loyal fans, people began to camp out in line as early as 3 days in advance just to have a shot at being in the front row to see the Manchester-natives up close and personal. Accompanying the 1975 on tour are two more U.K. bands, Colouring, and Pale Waves.
Overhearing a security worker saying they’re the most punctual band he’s ever worked with, the clock struck 9 PM and the 1975 were right on time. The room went dark and then everything went pink, the new aesthetic to compliment their newest album “I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It” (ILIWYSFYASBYSUOI) released in February of 2016. First taking the stage and emerging from the smoke, bassist Ross Macdonald, followed by lead guitarist Adam Hann and drummer George Daniel, as the intro to both albums fittingly titled “the 1975” played. Fan girls shrieked as frontman/lead singer Matty Healy made himself present and combusted into song and dance to the tune of “Love Me.”
Playing songs both from the most recent released album (ILIWYSFYASBYSUOI) and songs from older album which is self-titled “the 1975,” with the changing of the light displays from pink to black to signify the changing of eras throughout the gig. During one of the era transitions Matty took a moment to acknowledge the energy in room and challenged everyone to “cut the bullshit” and take a minute to really live in the moment by putting all cell phones and recording devices away before going on to sing “Me.” The entire building quite literally shook during the three song encore while Matty led the people in jumping up and down with his awkwardly electrifying dance moves. Before going on to end the show Matty guaranteed the band would return to the twin cities before too long, maybe even being able to play in the main arena at the Xcel Energy Center.
Photos and article by Allison Garrigan