The Big Night Out tour stopped at The Paramount in Huntington, New York on Thursday, July 11, bringing with it a hint of nostalgia for the late 90s/early 00s. Alien Ant Farm, Hoobastank, and Fuel each rocked the stage, playing both hits and new music to the excitement of the mostly Gen-X and Millennial crowd.
Kicking off the show was Alien Ant Farm mixing tongue-in-cheek stage presence with their hard-hitting rock. It was hard not to notice the faces bassist Tye Zamora made as he played the big riffs. Also quite memorable was when singer Dryden Mitchell held up a cell phone that he “stole from a stripper” to the microphone to play a piece of a song called “Simpatico,” off the band’s new album, ‘Always and Forever,’ before fully launching into the song. Ending their set with their signature cover of “Smooth Criminal,” the band got the show off to a great start.
Hoobastank rocked the stage next, really grabbing the crowd’s attention. The band ripped through a mix of older songs as well as songs off of their new album, ‘Fight or Flight,’ with the audience loving every minute of it. Before they played new song “No Direction,” all singer Doug Robb had to do was simply request that the crowd jump during the chorus and they did. The set ended with two of the band’s biggest hits; the subdued megahit “The Reason,” and “Out of Control.”
By the time Fuel took the stage, walking out to the circus-y ‘Family Guy’ tune “Bag of Weed,” the crowd was amped and ready to rock again. Brett Scallions and company blasted through hit after hit, giving the crowd one heck of a time warp. The band never even left the stage before their “encore.” They just jumped right into “Shimmer,” the band’s first single. They only played one new song off of their as yet unreleased, untitled fifth album the entire night, which Scallions prefaced by saying that it would “piss off” the band since they had never played it live before. Fuel wrapped things up for the night with “Hemorrhage (In My Hands),” arguably the band’s most well-known single.
The Big Night Out tour brought an energy-filled, hard rocking night of music to the Paramount, giving the crowd the hits they love with a taste of what is yet to come.