It’s not often a Wednesday night elicits very much excitement — though if it just happens to be THE Wednesday night that One Direction, 5 Seconds of Summer, Fifth Harmony and more are returning to the Bay Area for 99.7 NOW!’s sold out Triple Ho Show, well then, I guess you could say Wednesday just got a whole lot more exciting.
Six acts shared the stage at San Jose’s SAP center, performing to the masses. As fans flooded in to find their seats, there is no way to fully describe the rush of energy filling the arena (which has a capacity for concert that maxes out over 19,000)! 99.7 Now’s very own St. John took the stage, asking if the crowd was prepared for what the night is to entail. Despite the answers of screams loud enough to be heard across the globe — we were not prepared.
Two screens on either side of the stage are lit up with a 5 minute timer. The energy never fades as the crowd is senselessly screaming with each passing minute. 60 seconds. Panic mode. 45 seconds. 30 seconds. The venue goes dark and without any necessary introduction, 5 Seconds of Summer takes the stage.
The Australian natives kick off their set with their first single, She Looks So Perfect. Needless to say, the boys could not have picked a more perfect track to get the crowd going. Fans sing along almost loud enough to drown out lead singer, Hemmings, who in typical pop-punk nature is adorned in all black.
There is no denying the direction these boys have worked hard on taken their music, with their latest album (Sounds Good, Feels Good) and tracks inspired by and written alongside idols in Good Charlotte, Goldfinger and more. They immediately transition into their latest single off the sophomore track, Hey Everybody! The boys are a synchronized machine, all four of them singing in beautiful harmony. Drummer, Ashton Irwin, never misses a beat even as he stands from his kit, obvious passion on his face as he feeds off the energy of the crowd. Irwin later posted an image to Instagram of his bloody knuckles from just how hard he performed this evening.
Bassist Calum Hood takes the lead as the band slows it down with an older track, Amnesia. The arena is filled with beautiful purple lighting, Hood taking notes an octave higher than when the track was originally recorded in 2014. The reigns are then handed to guitarist Michael Clifford as the band performs their latest emotional track, Jet Black Heart. Clifford’s raspy voice can be heard booming through the arena during each of his solos. The undeniable amount of sincerity in the words leave us with goosebumps, the heartfelt song tugging at every fan’s heartstrings.
As if on cue, knowing the crowd needed a pick-me-up, 5SOS takes a break from their set to celebrate none other than themselves. We get to share an intimate moment as they share with us that it was four years ago to the day that 5 Seconds of Summer was formed. Irwin can be seen standing behind his kit, arms in the air like an orchestra conductor as his three bandmates sing a version of “Happy Birthday to Us” which, Clifford screams out, “One Direction” during the last stanza, getting an overwhelming burst of screams from the fans.
If there were any previous questions as to why the boys in 5 Seconds Of Summer had been selected to open the show, they were thrown out the window as the band wraps up their set. 5SOS definitely knew how to wake up the crowd. Their playful banter (Irwin referring to Clifford as ‘The Human Fire,’ Hood and Hemmings strumming forehead-to-forehead, their Oompa Loompa inspired dancing across stage) and high-energy performance left us eager for more. They perform pop-punk’s latest anthem, She’s Kinda Hot with lyrics that encourage fans to be the kings and the queens of their self-made ‘Broken Scene.’ The band closed out their set with a song that can be enjoyed by all age groups; their cover of The Romantic’s hit, What I Like About You. Irwin nails the drum solo beginning before kicking off into their amazing version of this classic.
It was hard to decipher between the boys’ final shredding and the fans’ screaming. What wasn’t hard to see clearly was the band’s grinning faces as they rid themselves of their instruments and give one final wave to the crowd, a “thank you” and “goodnight” in true rock band fashion.
Nathan Sykes, Austin Mahone, Fifth Harmony and special guests Kalin and Myles all put on amazing sets following the boys in 5 Seconds of Summer.
Fifth Harmony proved that ladies can rock just as hard as the boys can — performing hit songs such as BO$$, Reflection, Sledgehammer, Like Mariah and closing their nine song set list with Worth It. Even for anyone who had yet to hear of Fifth Harmony before this evening, we are certain they had no trouble falling in love with the five beautiful women who were dressed in all red tonight.
Each track performed by these talented women came complete with mesmerizing dance moves, and the occasional peek at their sassier sides with dramatic hair flips. We were left completely speechless at the level of ‘boss’ it undeniably takes to move like they did all evening in the sexy stilettos each girl was wearing. Not much else to say except, to sum up their set with: worth it. We were thoroughly impressed.
After a short intermission, which included a lesson of how to whip and nae-nae by Santa Claus, the moment the crowd is waiting for arrives. No tricks, no fancy lighting, no gimmicks, nothing but the screams of thousands of girls as the four men in One Direction calmly walk on stage. The now foursome happily wave in every direction before stepping to their microphones, wasting no time to start their show with Drag Me Down.
Harry Styles also wastes no time with his flirtatious nature, blowing kisses to their fans in between verses. The boys take advantage of every inch of the stage, moving all over the place to ensure each and every fan in attendance gets the best possible experience. Styles spends time in between songs thanking the fans for spending time with them, telling the crowd he’s had “a look around” and that each and every person inside the venue tonight is looking fabulous. He teases the fact that they are only allowed a 43 minute set time, continuing to bring up their time later on during the set (reminding the fans that they have some-30 minutes to go) all in good nature as he tells fans that the band’s job for the next 43 minutes is to entertain and the fans’ job is to have as much fun as possible.
1D transitions into another track off their latest album (Made In The A.M), titled Infinity followed immediately by their latest single, Perfect. They continue to grace us with their newer tracks, giving fans the opportunity to hear these songs performed live before their hiatus begins. As the band performs A.M, the boys can be seen parading around the stage, shaking their asses with childish grins across their faces. Though this playful nature lasts well after the song, Styles joking, encouraging the fans to ‘go for it’ on the topic of stage diving, but that they will have to opt out due to not being allowed by their insurance. The mood changes with a single question — “who here has been heartbroken?” Liam Payne asks before things slow down for Love You Goodbye.
We get a blast from the past, One Direction prefacing their next song as the key to their success. They perform What Makes You Beautiful as bras begin flying on stage, hitting the members as they dance around and sing together. The guys take a short breather to read the highlights of the signs that are scattered amongst the crowd. It is painful to remember we’re watching one of One Direction’s arguably last shows. There is no denying these men wanted to go out with a bang, especially as they play a crowd-requested favorite track, No Control. Remember when we said it was difficult to decipher between the screams and 5SOS’ performance? There was really no question about fans singing SO loud, overpowering One Direction’s own vocals as they perform their self-acclaimed favorite track of the night. This kind of exchange — 1D’s barely audible voices continue on during Story Of Our Life. Lucky for them, the fans carry the song along just fine, allowing the four to jump around, air guitar and dance instead.
With one final song, the foursome chose to close the night out with History off of their latest album. The atmosphere of the venue is absolutely beautiful, the lighting mocking a sunset. Coincidence? We may never know. It felt more than appropriate though as if there were no better way to send off and say goodbye to these guys who had no problem gaining a level of mass hysteria before their previously announced extended hiatus. The lyrics “this is not the end” are repeated as they perform their last song, ending the night with this strong message before taking a final bow and leaving San Jose with plenty of tears, lots of sweat and maybe even some blood.
99.7 NOW!’s sixth Triple Ho Show was not only a beautiful way to end 2015 but an astonishing, beautiful, memorable performance, should it ring true to be one of One Direction’s last.