ALTer Ego concert offers Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, a surprise guest and more at the Forum – Daily Breeze

Fans queuing to enter The Forum in Inglewood for the ALT (98.7 FM) and iHeartRadio’s ALTer Ego concert on Saturday night clearly had energy to burn. They were ready to dance and sing – even in masks – to Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Kings of Leon, Twenty One Pilots, All Time Low, Willow and Måneskin.

With the rise in COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County and the postponement of some live events, some ticket holders expressed concern about a last-minute cancellation on social media. But the event went according to plan with no act giving up due to illness and the venue firmly adhered to its protocol by requiring proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 tests, mandating face masks at inside and there were even rapid tests available on site. Although it was impossible to keep an eye on everyone, the staff inside made sure to remind fans to keep their masks on and it seemed the majority did.

“You deserve a night to just let go and enjoy yourself and the people around you,” Imagine Dragons lead singer Dan Reynolds told the cheering crowd after playing the band’s hit “Believer.” the very first song of the evening. In recent years, iHeartRadio has seen some of the biggest artists hit the stage first — like having BTS open the KIIS (102.7 FM) Jingle Ball last month at this same venue — so fans fill seats early on. as these events are often broadcast live.

  • WILLOW performs during iHeartRadio’s ALTer Ego Festival at The Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, January 15, 2022. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low performs during iHeartRadio’s ALTer Ego Festival at The Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, January 15, 2022. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Avril Lavigne performs during iHeartRadio’s ALTer Ego Festival at The Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, January 15, 2022. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons performs during iHeartRadio’s ALTer Ego Festival at The Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, January 15, 2022. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • From right Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun of Twenty One Pilots perform during iHeartRadio’s ALTer Ego Festival at The Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, January 15, 2022. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • From left, Damiano David and Victoria De Angelis of the band Maneskin perform during iHeartRadio’s ALTer Ego Festival at The Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, January 15, 2022. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • From left, Jack Barakat and Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low perform during iHeartRadio’s ALTer Ego Festival at The Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, January 15, 2022. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low performs during iHeartRadio’s ALTer Ego Festival at The Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, January 15, 2022. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Kings of Leon perform during iHeartRadio’s ALTer Ego Festival at The Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, January 15, 2022. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Damiano David of the band Maneskin performs during iHeartRadio’s ALTer Ego Festival at The Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, January 15, 2022. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Twenty One Pilots’ Tyler Joseph performs during iHeartRadio’s ALTer Ego Festival at The Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, January 15, 2022. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Avril Lavigne performs during iHeartRadio’s ALTer Ego Festival at The Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, January 15, 2022. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • From left, Damiano David and Thomas Raggi of the band Maneskin perform during iHeartRadio’s ALTer Ego Festival at The Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, January 15, 2022. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Twenty One Pilots’ Tyler Joseph performs during iHeartRadio’s ALTer Ego Festival at The Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, January 15, 2022. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons performs during iHeartRadio’s ALTer Ego Festival at The Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, January 15, 2022. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • WILLOW performs during iHeartRadio’s ALTer Ego Festival at The Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, January 15, 2022. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • From right, Nathan Followill and Caleb Followill of Kings of Leon perform during iHeartRadio’s ALTer Ego Festival at The Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, January 15, 2022. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Damiano David of the band Maneskin performs during iHeartRadio’s ALTer Ego Festival at The Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, January 15, 2022. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • From left, Caleb Followill and Nathan Followill of Kings of Leon perform during iHeartRadio’s ALTer Ego Festival at The Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, January 15, 2022. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Maneskin performs during iHeartRadio’s ALTer Ego Festival at The Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, January 15, 2022. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Coldplay’s Chris Martin performs during iHeartRadio’s ALTer Ego Festival at The Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, January 15, 2022. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Coldplay performs during iHeartRadio’s ALTer Ego Festival at The Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, January 15, 2022. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Coldplay’s Chris Martin performs during iHeartRadio’s ALTer Ego Festival at The Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, January 15, 2022. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

Imagine Dragons was the opener, featuring “Whatever It Takes”, “Thunder”, “Radioactive” and the song “Demons”, before which Reynolds candidly shared with the audience, “Therapy saved my life”, said he said. “Your life is always worth living.”

Italian rock band Måneskin received a warm reception as they ripped through “Zittie E Buoni” and “Mamma Mia” before delivering their upgraded version of Four Seasons’ “Beggin'”. This band looks cool, they sound cool and vocalist Damiano David has a lot of swagger. Although their set was short, it was pretty cool and we’re bound to see more of this band at festivals and in clubs around Southern California.

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Coldplay’s set looked a lot like a polished dress rehearsal for their upcoming stadium tour, which takes place at SoFi Stadium on April 26-30. The band mixed brand new material with some of their early hits. They started with the intro of his latest album, “Music Of The Spheres”, and “Higher Power”, which sounds very 80s. Then they integrated “My Universe”, which featured parts of BTS, and “ Human Heart,” featuring sister R&B duo We Are King from the new record. They also played “People of the Pride”, a much harder Coldplay song which frontman Chris Martin prefaced by saying it was the band’s “first rock song”. He said he had no idea why they’ve been called a rock band all these years when “we’re like a sweet thing,” he laughed. The band also performed “Clocks”, “Yellow” and an emotional version of “Fix You”.

Willow made an impression with her performance. Daughter of two famous actors/musicians, Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith, she can take care of herself and has a voice that commands attention. She performed “Transparentsoul” and “Meet Me at Our Spot,” the famous TikTok song with Tyler Cole that gets amplified when she delivers it live.

Kings of Leon cut to the chase with “Crawl” and “Waste a Moment.” “Sex on Fire” brought energy to the room, fans swayed to the moody “Closer” and responded to vocalist-guitarist Caleb Followill when he threw down the mic for everyone to sing the chorus. from “Use Somebody”.

Pop-punk band All Time Low were thrilled and touched by their placement in the line-up. “Can you believe Coldplay played before us,” guitarist Jack Barakat asked. “I don’t even believe it.” The band held their ground and had enough hits like “Once in a Lifetime” and “Monsters” to keep the crowd on their toes. While they weren’t the first band to use the confetti and streamer cannons during the show, they were the first to break out pyrotechnics and perform in front of massive fireball explosions.

In times of COVID no one is expecting a special guest, but ALT pulled it off and released Avril Lavigne for four songs and the crowd loved it. She was so much fun and came out with “Girlfriend”, played her latest hit, “Bite Me”, “My Happy Ending” and ended with her first big hit, “Sk8er Boi”.

The evening ended with Twenty One Pilots, a duo who consistently put on a hugely entertaining live performance. Vocalist Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun make a lot of noise for just two guys on a stage, but they managed to captivate an audience that sang so loudly with “Stressed Out” and “Heathens” at the start of the set. The guys played a wild version of Elton John’s “Bennie and the Jets” and incorporated a bit of My Chemical Romance’s “I’m Not Okay” into his own hit, “Shy Away.” Joseph dared to step out into the audience to sing along with the fans during “Ride” where he met Muse frontman Matt Bellamy in the audience dancing with him.

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