June 20, 2019
About a month ago, I purchased tickets to see LANY in concert on June 2nd in Atlanta, Georgia – my hometown. For some background information, I was not as familiar with the band as most of my peers. After getting the tickets, I downloaded the Malibu Nights album and attempted to learn all of the lyrics over the next couple of weeks for the sole purpose of being able to sing along at the concert. Naturally, I was expecting to have a relatively mediocre time considering I did not know most of LANY’s songs, but little did I know I was in for a surprise. After attending the concert, I want to share how my experience seeing LANY pleasantly surprised me, from the venue choice to the concert itself, and the die-hard fans that attended.
The concert was held at The Coca-Cola Roxy, nicknamed “The Roxy”, which is the region’s most popular concert venue. According to the venue website, it was originally opened as a movie theater in 1930, and was later renovated into a concert venue in 1990. We got in line and expected to wait a long time to get in; however, it only took 15 minutes to get inside. The venue was extremely spacious and well-designed, with plenty of standing room and huge colored chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. The stage had two levels. The band members, Jake Goss, Les Priest, and their newest member were located on the top level of the stage, while lead singer Paul Klein was on the bottom level. It was a great setup because Paul Klein (the fan favorite) was able to use the entire lower level to dance and interact with the crowd. Both levels of the stage had a screen behind the band members, which was used to display the graphics during LANY’s performance. The graphics were awesome and were able to easily capture everyone’s attention.
The concert started with ROLE MODEL as the opener. ROLE MODEL is a young artist who is currently on tour with LANY, and he has released numerous singles. When LANY finally came out, the entire atmosphere of the room shifted. Everyone was cheering and jumping when the band walked onto the stage, and I could feel the roar of excitement in the room. The crowd started chanting “LANY” repeatedly and then all the lights came on at once and the music started. Hearing the music live changed my entire perception of LANY. I was experiencing their songs on a completely new level. Paul Klein gave the fans energy and he was great at interacting with the crowd. During several songs, Klein jumped off the stage to crowd surf across everyone. As I watched the performance, I realized I was familiar with many more songs than I had originally thought. In the song titled “Okay”, Paul Klein collaborated with Julia Michaels. According to Rolling Stone, “Lyrically, “Okay”, describes recent breakups that the two protagonists have gone through”. My favorite song they performed would have to be “Run”, with “ILYSB” as a close second. LANY’s performance lasted a couple hours but their captivating performance made it feel like half an hour.
The fans of LANY were excited and energetic during the entire performance. There were a few times where Paul Klein was quiet and the crowd sang the lyrics back to him, which was awesome to hear. The day after the concert, LANY featured the Atlanta fans on Twitter and captioned the photo “Magic”. Magic is the perfect word to describe the feeling I experienced as I saw how the crowd danced and sang through the entirety of the concert. It was an inspiration to see how wonderfully and artistically music can affect people.
Overall, I would recommend seeing LANY to everyone. The band is a Liberty favorite, and from what I saw, I believe LANY is going to continue releasing amazing music for the next couple of years. It’s always a good idea to listen to new music not because everyone else listens to LANY, but because seeing them live is an experience you will never forget.
Written by: Madelyn Mauck
Madelyn is a Sophomore studying Business Administration: Project Management. She enjoys writing for the blog, not only because it helps her develop as a creative writer, but because it gives her a chance to share her experiences through a platform she would not have without Student Activities.