Pop-rock teen sensations R5 bring their Loud tour to the Palladium at St. Petersburg College in downtown St. Petersburg on Sunday, April 21, at 6:30 p.m.
ST. PETERSBURG - Pop-rock teen sensations R5 bring their Loud tour to the Palladium at St. Petersburg College in downtown St. Petersburg on Sunday, April 21, at 6:30 p.m.
Ask the members of R5 about the best way to play their music and you get a one-word answer: Loud. Whether on stage or in the studio, siblings Riker, Rydel, Rocky and Ross Lynch, along with best friend Ratliff, tend to crank it. But it doesn’t stop there. They hope their rapidly growing army of fans will pump up the volume when they sample R5’s new Hollywood Records EP, aptly titled Loud.
To perfect their sound, R5 worked with producer-songwriters Emanuel “Eman” Kiriakou (Selena Gomez, Hot Chelle Rae) and Evan “Kidd” Bogart, who won a Grammy for writing the Beyonce hit Halo. The team wrote three tracks for the band while R5 members Riker and Ross contributed an original.
If Riker and Ross look familiar, it’s because the former is a regular on Glee (as a member of the a cappella group, the Warblers) while Ross stars in the Disney Channel original smash hit series Austin & Ally. Each band member is a virtuoso musician and all write, especially lead guitarist Rocky and bassist Riker, who serve as R5’s in-house songwriters.
For much of 2012, the band honed its performing chops, headlining club shows in Chicago, Phoenix, Toronto, New York, New Jersey and beyond. “There’s something cool that happens when we’re on stage together,” Riker says. “There’s nothing more fun in the world. We try to be very personable, and meet the entire audience after shows. Fans you meet on the road stick with you forever.”
That theory panned out, as R5 boasts more than 112,000 Facebook page likes. And that was the tally before the release of Loud. Now that the EP is out, the band is set for a spring 2013 tour, though a national TV audience got a sneak peek when R5 performed at the Progressive Skating and Gymnastics Spectacular, broadcast on NBC.
After a lifetime of prep, it’s time for R5 to bring it. The band members say they are more than ready and feel confident their new EP will impress. All fans have to do is turn it up loud.
Reserved tickets priced at $29.50 and $22.50 are available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office located at 1111 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater, by calling 727-791-7400 or online at www.rutheckerdhall.com.