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posted Friday, December 11, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 50
The Chainsmokers give Seattle fans a smoking, hot show
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The Chainsmokers give Seattle fans a smoking, hot show

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

THE CHAINSMOKERS
THE SHOWBOX MARKET
December 4


Hot and smoky. Those are two words to describe last weekend's concert by The Chainsmokers at The Showbox Market. It was the electronic duo's final performance of their North American tour, and incredibly the first show that had entirely sold out. Needless to say, it was crammed tight inside the downtown music venue on Friday night when they went on stage just after 11 p.m.

'Yo, Seattle! What the fuck is up?!', shouted Andrew Taggart in jeans and black tee-shirt, standing on an elevated platform. The duo then ripped into its 90-minute set with a remix of Smallpools' 'Dreaming,' as smoke bombs at the edge of the stage went off. This would be a common occurrence during the concert; smoke bombs were used in almost every other song throughout the night. Sharp graphics and colorful light patterns, displayed on stage-to-ceiling light panels in zigzag formation, were also utilized throughout the performance.

The Chainsmokers, comprised of DJs/producers Alex Pall and the aforementioned Taggart, performed much of their own material, either from the EP Bouquet, such as 'New York City,' or independently released tracks, like 'Let You Go.' But they also infused their progressive house sound into snippets of familar hits, from OMI's 'Cheerleader' to NONONO's 'Pumping Blood' to Clean Bandit's 'Rather Be.' I loved the bouncy remix of Walk the Moon's 'Shut Up and Dance' and the duo's techno-driven rendition of Zhu's 'Faded,' though I didn't care much for their tinkering of Skrillex's 'Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites,' perhaps because I'm so over that song.

'Kanye,' put out last year by The Chainsmokers, created a huge sing-along at The Showbox from the crowd, which leaned significantly college age with a reasonable percentage of Gay men in attendance. I think all of us Gay boys gasped, and drooled, when Taggart stripped off his wet tee-shirt, twirled it around, and slipped into a dry one. The usual items at a rave were visible on Friday night - glo sticks, spirit animal hats, neon accessories - but thankfully everyone left their whistles at home.

'What's going on?' Taggart asked the audience midway through. 'I don't know, but I'm drunk,' replied Pall. He probably wasn't joking, as the pair were not only celebrating the final date on the tour, but also the first and only sold out concert on the slate.

'I just want you to know that I love you,' Taggart said to everyone. Later in the show, near the finale, he yelled out, 'This is the most ridiculous show we played this entire tour!'

'Roses,' The Chainsmokers' club smash from this summer, was saved for the end of the main set and everybody was ready for it, singing the lyrics jointly, dancing all over the place, and even hopping on each other's shoulders, festival-style, to get a better look at the stage, which was a beautiful collage of pinks and reds.

As a gift to fans, for filling the venue to its capacity, The Chainsmokers played a longer set, much to the chagrin of The Showbox's stage hands, who shook their heads in frustration when the crowd chanted and begged for 'One more song!' The electronic act, of course, obliged and performed for another five minutes before leaving the stage, and then posed for selfies and signed autographs near the men's restroom.

Sweaty, yet happy, they finally went up to their dressing room, and I doubt they'll ever forget this night, or this audience. Let it be known, Seattle was good to The Chainsmokers.

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