The positivity and energy is infectious with fans
Big Time Rush is comprised of Kendall Schmidt (vocals, guitar), James Maslow (vocals, piano), Carlos PenaVega (vocals), and Logan Henderson (vocals). From 2009 through 2014, Big Time Rush took over the charts and Nickelodeon with their hit series, Big Time Rush. In 2014 they went on an indefinite hiatus until 2021, when they hosted reunion performances in New York and Chicago, as well as released their comeback single, “Call It Like I See It.” In February, the band announced on Good Morning America their highly anticipated Forever tour, which they recently took to Madison Square Garden, putting on a sold-out show.
TikTok star turned pop star Dixie D’Amelio opened the show. Dixie’s set list consisted of her most popular tracks, including “Be Happy” and “Wild.” Dixie really made her mark with the crowd when she performed her cover of Carrie Underwood’s mega-hit “Before He Cheats.”
The Garden was packed with fans of all ages, including many who have been waiting for over a decade, including myself, to see the band perform live. Fans appeared to know every single word to all tracks performed. Moreover, during the show, nearly everyone in the audience was out of their seats, singing along to every song, whether it was new material (“Honey,” “Not Giving You Up”) or the classics (“Music Sounds Better with U,” “Halfway There”)
During the show, Big Time Rush revealed they have been working on Spanglish music. The band was joined by Maffio, an award-winning Dominican producer, composer, and artist. Together they gave a performance of their upcoming single, “Dale Pa’allà.” Judging by the audience’s reaction when asked who identified as Hispanic, the band has a large Latin following, so releasing a Spanglish album would be a smart move.
While set lists are always a subject of controversy with fans, it is not an area of concern with this tour. The 25-track set list was perfectly chosen. It consisted of three acts, an acoustic segment before Act III and an encore. Moreover, the set list features an abundance of fan favorites, including “No Idea,” “Confetti Falling,” “Nothing Even Matters,” “If I Ruled the World,” and a medley of “City Is Ours” / “Big Night” / “Til I Forget About You.”
Two major highlights were when the band brought multiple female fans on stage to be serenaded during their acoustic rendition of “Worldwide” and when they all ventured into the crowd thereafter, each covering a different part of the arena, to perform “Time of Our Life.” Big Time Rush appropriately closed out the Forever tour with “Boyfriend” and ripped their shirts off to a roaring crowd before exiting the stage.
The positivity and energy from Big Time Rush and their fans were infectious. They provided an unforgettable sold-out performance. It marked a major milestone for the band and set a precedent for what is sure to be a new era of continued success. The boys are back!