The Chainsmokers’ concert Friday night at Enterprise Center had everything you could want in a big arena show — or depending on how you feel about those, everything you hate.
All the excesses were there.
At one point, a colorfully dressed motorcycle duo sped around the stage for no apparent reason. A huge ball-shaped cage descended from the ceiling, allowing Chainsmokers singer Drew Taggart to sing from inside it as he leaped around like a trapped animal.
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Later, the cyclists returned, entered the ball and dizzyingly drove around it as two women stood in the center.
Was this a Chainsmokers concert or some sort of death-defying thrill-seeker show? Apparently, the group’s new “World Wide Joy” tour is some of both, and it was unashamedly extra, for extra’s sake.
Such was the DJ-driven group’s return to St. Louis for its latest high-tech spectacle, attended by 9,000 fans who were on their feet during most of the throbbing set.
While it’s too easy to rag on the Chainsmokers, a clear critical dud, the group has at least successfully bridged the gap between EDM (electronic dance music — if the kids are still even calling it that) and pop music.
The group stayed in both worlds during the show with a flurry of pop tunes including “Closer,” “Something Just Like This” and “Roses.”
Interspersed throughout were moments that brought rave-like energy as the group performed songs by other acts such as Sheck Wes, Codeko and Carnage, just to show the Chainsmokers hadn’t forgotten their roots.
The Chainsmokers’ Taggart, Alex Pall (handling programming/beats) and adjunct drummer Matt McGuire took to the stage carrying lit torches triumphantly as they settled into the set for opening song, “Takeaway.” One of the opening acts, Lennon Stella, joined them on the song; the group recorded the song with her.
Amid unlimited pyro, smoke cannons and lasers, the Chainsmokers doled out tunes such as “Paris,” “Don’t Let Me Down” and “Hope” while also playing tracks from the upcoming album “World Wide Joy” such as “Call You Mine” and “Who Do You Love,” which brought the opening act, 5 Seconds of Summer, back to the stage.
“The next song came out today,” Taggart said just before “Push My Luck,” amid cheers. “That means you already know it.”
Taggart spent much of the set running up and down a lengthy stage extension, when he wasn’t in the cage or being airlifted over the audience.
A detour into Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Under the Bridge” felt like a random choice, ending with Taggart telling the crowd: “St. Louis, reach for the sky.”
Reminiscing a bit, Taggart said the group had played St. Louis many times, recalling an early gig at a piano bar and a show he said was in conjunction with a local college and on a major street (we remember a 2015 show at the Pageant and a 2017 show at Scottrade Center before it became Enterprise Center).
Overall, the evening provided disposable, processed fun, and no one was ruined in the process.
5 Seconds of Summer, which headlined at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in 2016, has seemingly fallen back a notch opening for the Chainsmokers.
But presumably that’s where the rock band is now. The band performed solidly for an hour with cuts including “Youngblood,” “If Walls Could Talk,” “Talk Fast,” “Want You Back” and “Waste the Night.”
The band didn’t come off too bland, an issue in the past, and said a new album was on the way in 2020.