The Chainsmokers dropped big news in 2022- their new album, So Far So Good, and an accompanied worldwide tour. 30 venues across the United States welcome one of the largest EDM tag teams, capable of selling out arenas in every state.
Friday night marked Armory fans’ long awaited return. Our 2019 article reminds me of how March Madness drew hours-long lines as some were even turned away, though no such issues happened this time around.
In 2021, The Chainsmokers did perform at the Minnesota State Fair, later heading over to The Armory to surprise Louis The Child fans off stage.
Doors opened at 8:00 PM on Friday, kicking off a long night of pounding bass and non-controversial tunes. After two acts finished, two more would perform- the tour’s primary supporting artists- to ease the show toward the main act.
Nothing remarkable happened before 11:00 and, given that The Chainsmokers are often classed as ‘generic EDM’, it didn’t strike me as odd that their show started with multiple hours of generic EDM.
Three different acts brought remixes of pop culture songs from artists Lady Gaga, AC/DC, ABBA, and so many others. Attendees didn’t seem to mind, but it felt like a vicious cycle of house music, deep house, and dance pop, with no end in sight.
I never thought I’d say this, but a touch of dubstep would have been relief in these few hours.
To give credit where it’s due, SIDEPIECE did a great job of bringing energy into the arena. With songs like “On My Mind” and their “Deep End” remix, the change of pace was certainly welcomed by the crowd.
The Chainsmokers kicked it off at 12:30, and to my surprise, they actually killed it from song number one.
Backed by a production budget that most electronic artists would die for, the live versions of their songs hit so much harder than the radio does.
It’s still pop, Billboard 100 topping, nothing-groundbreaking music, but it made for one great party atmosphere. With full drum-kits on stage left and right, and each song receiving a full re-work from its original, The Chainsmokers delivered with a fun, engaging, and memorable night.
I couldn’t convince your parents to come enjoy this experience, but I would recommend most electronic listeners attend just once, to see for yourselves.
Running around to my photo spots in VIP sections, I did notice many older attendees (most who disappeared with 30 minutes until close). I hope they enjoyed themselves as I did.