by Nicola Fornino
Following a Philadelphia stop, Walk the Moon dropped by Terminal 5 in NYC where thousands of fans were awaiting the moment that the band stepped on stage. All that was heard were the constant screams at every movement in preparation for the band’s unforgettable entrance. All of a sudden, the lights went dark. The audience cheers grew even louder. This was the incredible atmosphere that consumed Terminal 5 on Tuesday night when Walk the Moon performed.
The band’s Talking Is Hard tour was taken to New York City for two show nights in a row. This venue is very intimate. The sold out crowd of three thousand music-lovers were close to the performers and it was amazing to be able to watch how interactive the band was with the audience, creating an amazing experience for their fans. Walk the Moon portrays their own unique take on the rock and roll genre through their songs. The four-piece, originally from Cincinnati, is made up of Nick Petricca (vocals & keyboard), Sean Waugaman (drums), Kevin Ray (bass) and Eli Maiman (guitar).
Walk the Moon’s entrance was definitely a memorable one. “The Circle of Life” from The Lion King played moments before the concert began. Then, as band members hopped on stage, lights began to flicker. Their opening song was “Different Colors”, the first track on their new album, Talking Is Hard. Pink, purple, yellow and blue lights beamed through the venue as the crowd began to jump and sing along.
The energy of the audience on Tuesday night was unbelievable. It created such an extraordinary experience for every person in the venue. Walk the Moon expressed their appreciation for their fans throughout the entire concert by speaking to them in between every song, ensuring that everybody was enjoying themselves and that every person was dancing. The most memorable portion of the show was when Petricca took the time to tell the audience how meaningful they really are to the band.
A mix of some of their older songs, including “Tightrope” and “Lisa Baby”, along with many songs from their new album, including “Avalanche”, “Portugal” and “Aquaman” were performed. Fans got specially excited when Walk the Moon sang “I Can Lift A Car”. Everybody in the crowd threw their hands up in the air—raising them up and down to the chorus.
Just before the encore, Walk the Moon played their newest hit song, “Shut Up and Dance With Me”. The crowd, as expected, went wild. Everyone danced along and sang as loud as they possibly could. Then, as Walk the Moon returned for their encore, the band told the audience that the filming for the “Different Colors” music video was happening that night. In this case, they performed the song twice during the show.
At one point, Petricca told the crowd to hold their phones up. He got the venue to light up as the audience did the wave. All three levels of the building were glowing. The band finished their first night at Terminal 5 with “Anna Sun” and the ecstatic fans sang along to the closing performance, finishing with an unbelievably energetic finale.
The band kept the crowd jumping and cheering for every song. From beginning to end, there was never a dull moment of the show. Walk the Moon already has a great following that is constantly supporting them as they set off on their second headlining tour, but their fan base will definitely continue to grow.
The band will be returning to New York City to perform on center stage in Central Park this coming September. They’ll also be making Philadelphia area stops on May 10th for the 104.5 Birthday Show and at Firefly Music Festival on June 19th. No doubt, Walk the Moon will succeed more than they ever imagined they would. If you have any interest in going to see the band when they come to your town, get tickets this minute because they will definitely sell out.