On March 11, frontman Luke Hemmings, guitarist Michael Clifford, drummer Ashton Irwin and bassist Calum Hood arrived in the Philippines for their concert the next day. Movie News Guide reports that fans even waited at the airport arrival area to wait to get a glimpse of the Australian boy band.
Fans were there hours before their arrival but were disappointed when they were not able to see their idols even after a tweet from the band that they have already arrived. Later, Hemmings tweeted that they passed through a different route as advised by the airport security personnel for their own safety.
The boys posted their apologies on social media and promised that they will do their best on the stage on their concert day.
The four-man group performed 18 songs in front of sobbing girls. Anthems such as “Permanent Vacation,” “Castaway,” “Good Girls” and “She Looks So Perfect” made the audience swooning. The acoustic rendition of the angsty “Amnesia” was also performed.
“We’ve been waiting for five years to come here. Let me hear you yell if you’re glad that we’re finally here!” Hood told the fans. “We’ve heard from you since Day One… You’re one of the best crowds we’ve played for—this is one of the best shows we’ve played in our lives.”
In an interview before their concert, the band also spilled that the Manila gig had been a long time coming for them.
“We’ve been wanting to come here since we started the band,” said Irwin in an interview with local Philippine newspaper Inquirer. “I think our fanbase kind of grew here just as quick as it did in Australia, which was crazy because it was like the dawning of the online fanbase, and that was really interesting. So it’s exciting to be here, finally.”
5SOS was formed in Sydney in 2011 and gained fame when it was selected as one of the opening acts of another boyband, One Direction, for their “Take Me Home” world Tour. This is 5SOS’ second world tour in support of their sophomore studio album, “Sounds Good Feels Good.”