The Chainsmokers’ Memories Do Not Open Tour was not just a show but a mind-blowing production.
To be completely honest, I had low expectations for the Chainsmokers’ tour as I did not love every song off their Memories… Do Not Open album and I was disappointed when I saw their show at a festival 3 years ago but, I left this show in shock. They not only left me in an amazing mood but left me wanting to see the show all over again (which is something I haven’t experienced with EDM music in a while). With shoutouts to their OG fans and covers/remixes of songs like “Don’t Stop Believing” and “I Write Sins Not Tragedies,” they knew their audience to say the least.
Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall definitely knew how to entertain and add humor to the show by displaying text messages to each other live on stage. They also displayed amazing graphics to tell the story behind some of their songs and of course their stage had smoke and pyrotechnics. With interesting remixes to their original songs, amazing build-ups, and well-timed beat drops, they created a perfect balance of chill music and pump up music so audience members weren’t exhausted by the end of the show.
What stood out to me the most was the pure, raw talent at the show. From the lighting to the graphics to all of the artists themselves, there was nothing to criticize. As respectable singers and DJs, Andrew and Alex made sure to shout out the fact that they were not just going to fall into the stereotype of being a DJ that just presses play. They definitely lived up to this as Andrew was constantly running back and forth on the stage, singing while Alex was DJing. With so many moving parts on stage and the actual DJ booth being reconstructed on stage, there was rarely a moment where your eyes weren’t glued to the stage. And if there was a moment, you were probably wondering how they coordinated their lighting so well with their beats.
Additionally, I gained an insane amount of respect for the duo as they brought out an incredible pianist and drummer who had their own time during the show to play solos. The pianist, Tony Ann, (Berklee College of Music student) was a fan of the Chainsmokers who had a cover of “Paris” on YouTube. He was asked to join the tour and as a pianist myself, I was very impressed with him and how well he fit into the show. They also had this insanely talented Australian drummer, Matt McGuire, who played along with the songs and had amazing drum solos that added a whole new level to the Chainsmokers’ music. Overall, the show was an experience, to say the least, and definitely worth the money.