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Concert Reviews:
Chainsmokers bring a world of Joy to Little Caesars Arena

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

Posted: Friday, October 4, 2019

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DETROIT -- The Chainsmokers certainly brought plenty of ammunition to wage its World War Joy Tour stop at Little Caesars Arena on Thursday night, Oct. 3.

During the course of the 95-minute show, the hitmaking duo (plus touring drummer Matt McGuire) powered through a spectacle that employed not just every manner of pyrotechnic you can imagine but also high-flying feats by Andrew Taggart, guest appearances, a wealth of video material and even a motorcycle stunt team, the Urias Family Daredevils, that roared for a few moments in a cage right after the group played "Sick Boy."

All that allowed Taggart and creative partner Alex Pall to energetically straddle a line between EDM rave culture and pop extravaganza, presenting a circus that, for all its indulgence, hung together as cohesive and rarely gratuitous.

The key is that during the past seven years Taggart and Pall have accumulated a formidable body of bona fide pop hits, from non-album singles to collaborations with other artists. With Taggart playing amiable frontman -- as well as guitar, along with the toys on the work station he and Pall shared throughout the night -- the Chainsmokers ran through a wealth of those favorites, with many of its "guests" appearing via recordings and robotic images on the screen: Daya on "Don't Let Me Down;" Kelsea Ballerini on "The Feeling;" Winona Oak on "Hope;" Bebe Rexha on "Call You Mine;" Coldplay's Chris Martin on "Something Just Like This."

On Thursday, meanwhile, opening acts Lennon Stella and 5 Seconds of Summer were able to join the Chainsmokers in the flesh for renditions of "Takeaway" and "Who Do you Love," respectively. And the group played an unreleased song, the gentle and subdued "Push My Luck," that Taggart told the crowd "was supposed to be out by now."

Taggart and Pall fused the song performances together with furious EDM interludes that had the Little Caesars shaking, inserting bits of other songs -- the White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army," the Isley Brothers' "Shout," Destiny's Child's "Say My Name," the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Under the Bridge" and more -- into the jams. McGuire got a chance to shine, too, during a brief drum solo on the long ramp extending into the arena floor, lighting a couple of sticks on fire for the final couple of minutes.

But it was the visual stunts that made the night, including Taggart singing "Everybody Hates Me" high above crowd on a bridge dangling from the ceiling and scaling the main stage light rig towards the end of the show during "This Feeling." He and Pall did give the show an intimate end, playing "Closer" just the two of them, towards the end of the ramp, but that was the calm after a sound-and-vision storm that set a new standard for what a DJ/producer team can do on a live stage.

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