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5 Seconds of Summer are an Australian pop punk and pop rock boy band. Formed in Sydney in 2011, the band consists of Luke Hemmings (lead vocals, guitar), Michael Clifford (guitar, vocals), Calum Hood (bass guitar, vocals) and Ashton Irwin (drums, vocals). They started to gain a small following in 2012 after posting a series of cover versions of popular songs onto YouTube, then rose to international fame when One Direction invited them on their Take Me Home Tour.
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October 01 - Georgia Dome - Atlanta, GA
October 03 - Raymond James Stadium - Tampa FL
October 05 - Sun Life Stadium - Miami, FL
October 08 - Mexico City, MX
October 09 - Mexico City, MX
May 4 - Meo Arena - Lisbon, PT
May 6 - Barclaycard Arena - Madrid, ES
May 8 - Palaolimpico - Turin, IT
May 9 - Mediolanum Forum - Milan, IT
May 10 - Halllenstadion - Zurich, CH
May 12 - Forum - Copenhagen, DK
May 13 - Ericsson Globe - Stockholm, SE
May 14 - Spektrum - Oslo, NO
May 16 - O2 World - Berlin, DE
May 17- Olympiahalle - Munich, DE
May 18 - Koenig Pilsener Arena - Oberhausen, DE
May 20 - Ziggo Dome - Amsterdam, NL
May 21 - Palais 12 - Brussels, BE
May 22 - Zenith - Paris, FR
May 28 - The O2 - Dublin, IE
May 30 - Odyssey Arena - Belfast, IE
June 1 - The SSE Hydro - Glasgow, UK
June 2 - Newcastle Arena - Newcastle, UK
June 3 - First Direct ArenaLeeds, UK
June 4 - NIA Arena - Birmingham, UK
June 6 - NIA Arena - Birmingham, UK
June 7 - Motorpoint Arena - Cardiff, UK
June 9 - Phones 4U Arena - Manchester, UK
June 10 - Echo Arena - Liverpool, UK
June 12 - SSE Arena Wembley - London, UK
June 13 - SSE Arena Wembley - London, UK
June 18 - Vector Arena - Auckland, NZ
June 20 - Allphones Arena - Sydney, AUS
June 23 - Entertainment Centre - Brisbane, AUS
June 25 - Rod Laver Arena - Melbourne, AUS
June 27 - Entertainment Centre - Adelaide, AUS
June 29 - Perth Arena - Perth, AUS
November 13 – Phoenix, Ariz. Ak – Chin Pavilion
November 15 – Los Angeles, Calif. – The Forum
November 16 – Los Angeles, Calif. – The Forum
July 17 – Las Vegas, Nev. – Mandalay Bay Event Center
July 18 – Chula Vista, Calif. – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
July 20 – Irvine, Calif. – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 22 – Mountain View, Calif. – Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 24 – Seattle, Wash. – Key Arena
July 25 – Vancouver, BC – Pepsi Live At Rogers Arena
July 27 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
July 29 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
July 31 – St. Paul, Minn. – Xcel Energy Center
August 1 – Tinley Park, Ill. – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
August 4 – Louisville, Ky. – KFC Yum! Center
August 5 – Atlanta, Ga. – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
August 7 – Dallas, Texas – Gexa Energy Pavilion
August 8 – Houston, Texas – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
August 19 – Auburn Hills, Mich. – The Palace of Auburn Hills
August 21 – Cleveland, Ohio – Quicken Loans Arena
August 22 – Noblesville, Ind. – Klipsch Music Pavilion
August 23 – Burgettstown, Pa. – First Niagara Pavilion
August 25 – Toronto, ONT – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
August 28 – Mansfield, Mass. – Xfinity Center
August 29 – Hershey, Pa. – Hershey Park Pavilion Stadium
August 30 – Holmdel, N.J. – PNC Bank Arts Center
September 1 – Wantagh, N.Y. – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
September 4 – Camden, N.J. – Susquehanna Bank Center
September 5 – Hartford, Conn. – Xfinity Theatre
September 6 – Bristow, Va. – Jiffy Lube Live
September 7 – Virginia Beach, Va. – Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
September 9 – Charlotte, N.C. – PNC Music Pavilion
September 12 – Tampa, Fla. – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
September 13 – W. Palm Beach, Fla. – Cruzan Amphitheatre
5 Seconds of Summer will bring its flavor of pop-rock to the October 2 edition of NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”
Thanks to solid interest in its “Amnesia” EP, Australian pop-rock band 5 Seconds of Summer will likely return to the top ten of the Billboard 200 Album Sales chart next week.
That will not be the band’s only visibility.
NBC confirmed that 5SOS will perform on the October 2 edition of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” The band’s performance will come after Derek Jeter and James Marsden sit down for interviews with Fallon.
The boys of 5 Seconds of Summer may be BFFLs these days, but it wasn’t always that way.
“I started teaching them music in Year 7, and they excelled but were very shy,” Adam Day, who taught Luke Hemmings, Calum Hood and Michael Clifford at Norwest Christian College in Riverstone, Australia, told the Sydney Morning Herald in April.
Still, Day saw something in the three teens and recommended they test their skills outside of the school talent shows where the boys got their start.
“I wrote on their reports to seek performance opportunities to develop their confidence,” he adds.
But the boys didn’t immediately listen because Hemmings and Clifford – dare we say it? – were frenemies back in their school days.
“We actually hated each other for a solid year of my life,” Hemmings has confessed.
Eventually the two got over their feud (thanks to a shared love of Green Day) and now they even enjoy watching the occasional rom-com together.
“Just watched a chick flick with Luke,” Michael has Tweeted. “Now we need to do something manly like push-ups or eat steak.”
They’ve sold more than a half-million albums, have mastered the art of leaving a stadium full of girls in mascara-streaked tears and hit the road with One Direction before headlining their own tour. But before 5 Seconds of Summer reached household-name status, they were just a garage band from Down Under trying to make it big.
So how did the Aussie punk-rockers – Luke Hemmings, Calum Hood, Michael Clifford and Ashton Irwin – get their start? Cowriters and producers John Feldmann, Jake Sinclair and Alex Gaskarth tell PEOPLE how their debut LP all came together.
Write a Hit in One Day
It reached No. 1 in five countries and the video has more than 80 million views, but there was never some elaborate plan or hours spent toiling over “She Looks So Perfect.”
“I came up with it when I was in line buying underwear at American Apparel. And then I was like, ‘That’ll be perfect for these kids!’ ” L.A.-based writer-producer Sinclair, 29, says of the ubiquitous chorus he penned for 5SOS.
Sinclair met up with band members Irwin (drums, vocals) and Clifford (guitar, vocals), and the rest is Top 40 history.
“We finished writing it and produced it that day,” says Sinclair, 29, who has worked with everyone from Taylor Swift and Fall Out Boy to Pink. “They’re really positive and fun to have in the studio … It was really easy.”
Get a Musical Mentor
Feldmann has an eye for emerging artists. And the Red Bull Records writer-producer – he’s worked with Ashlee Simpson, Good Charlotte and the Plain White T’s, to name a few – was hooked when he first saw 5SOS perform.
They’re a real band. That was my first impression,” he says. “They’re all really good at what they do. I was just blown away.”
While he didn’t sign them himself, Feldmann, 47, ended up producing eight of 5 Seconds of Summer’s 12 tracks, all of which were recorded in his home studio. He was already a fan himself, but Feldmann knew 5SOS was destined for great things when his daughter, who was 5 at the time, gave them her stamp of approval.
“She would not leave Luke alone. She’d be slapping his butt and hanging on his leg,” he says. “It may sound weird, but it’s telling to me when you have that sort of charisma or energy that goes along with the frontman, which Luke kind of is.”
Feldmann spent a lot of time with the guys and has watched them grow up in the spotlight, which he says they’ve handled with ease. “It hasn’t changed since day one. They’re still the same four guys. They’re like brothers,” he says. “They love each other and know where they came from.”
Gain Approval From Another Punk-Rocker
When Feldmann found out the boys were All Time Low fans, he introduced them to the band’s lead singer, Gaskarth, who became a writing partner on three of the LP’s songs.
“They have a very similar dynamic to our band: Everybody gets along,” Gaskarth says. “To see another group doing it a few years younger than us – it’s really cool.”
The rocker says there was never a dull moment during recording sessions. “Songwriting’s a good time. We weren’t taking ourselves too seriously … If you’re not laughing and having fun doing it, you’re doing it wrong,” says Gaskarth, who co-wrote “Kiss Me Kiss Me.”
Sometimes, to fight writers’ block, they’d play games.
“Whenever we were strung out on a song or needed a minute to clear our minds, we’d play [ping-pong] like normal,” he says. “But if you hit the ball off the table or lose a point, you play shirtless, and you have to let the person who scored on you rail the ball at your back.”
The 5SOS guys tend to write in pairs, which Gaskarth says worked well. “Michael and Ashton are goofballs – they brought a ton of energy to the songs we wrote together,” he says. Meanwhile, “Calum and Luke were kind of the quiet ones at first. Once we got going, they started to come out of their shells.”
Now, Gaskarth says, the sky’s the limit for the new group.
“They’re such hard workers,” he says, “and they’re so dedicated to what they’re doing that I don’t see it slowing down for them.”
For much more about the boys – and 145 fun photos! –, check out PEOPLE’s special 5SOS issue, on stands now
Australian pop/rock band 5 Seconds Of Summer recently participated in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview to discuss how they built a fan base through YouTube and transitioned from the Web to live performances.
“We were building a fan base but we sort of wanted to be like a live band known for our live performances,” said drummer Ashton Irwin. “So that was the biggest job — transferring a YouTube audience to people who [will] actually come down to [our] show.”
5 Seconds Of Summer — comprising Michael Clifford (guitar), Luke Hemmings (lead vocals), Calum Hood (bass), and Irwin — formed in Sydney in 2011. The band gained recognition by posting YouTube videos of cover songs by artists such as Adele and Chris Brown. Their YouTube channel — which has more than 1.4 million subscribers— helped the quartet garner a publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing. In 2012 they released two EPs, Unplugged and Somewhere New, before joining One Direction on an international tour in 2013. In April 5 Seconds Of Summer released their third EP, She Looks So Perfect, which rose to No. 2 on the Billboard 200 on the strength of the hit title track.
The group’s self-titled debut studio album was released in June, topping the Billboard 200. The album features 12 tracks, including the Billboard Hot 100 hits “Amnesia,” “Don’t Stop” and “Everything I Didn’t Say.” The group ranked No. 2 on Billboard’s 2014 21 Under 21 list.
5 Seconds Of Summer are currently in the midst of an international tour with dates scheduled through September 2015.
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