5 Seconds Of Summer Ages And The Age Of 5 Seconds Of Summer
Five Seconds of Summer are two years and seven months old.
Wait! That’s the age of the band or how long they’ve been together (November of 2011). You probably want to know the age of the people in the band?
Well, they’re 72 years old.
On second thought, you probably meant the ages of each individual member, not their combined age. Okay, that’s easy too…
5 Seconds of Summer Ages
Ashton Irwin is 19 …
Michael Clifford is 18 …
Calum Hood is 18 …
Luke Hemmings is 17…
All that is great for Aug. 1, 2014 but what if you’re reading this on Oct. 3, the day 5 Seconds of Summer rocks Tampa as the opening act for One Direction? Or perhaps it’s May 4 when 5SOS kicks off their headlining “Rock Out With Your Socks Out” world tour in Lisbon, Portugal. Or perhaps it’s 2020 and you’re reading the second volume of my greatest works. Whatever the date is when you’re reading this, knowing Luke is 17 now isn’t going to be much help.
So here are their birthdates. Regardless of what it says on the calendar, you can use the following information to extrapolate their age…
5 Seconds of Summer Birthdates
Ashton Irwin… July 7, 1994
Michael Clifford… November 20, 1995
Calum Hood… January 25, 1996
Luke Hemmings… July 16, 1996
None of the boys are old enough to drink and one isn’t even considered an adult (in America). Yet, they already have a number one album to their name.
Their self-titled debut dropped in late June in Europe and mid-July in North America. The album sold 259,000 copies in the week of July 21 to July 27. That amount is enough to give the boys the fourth best sales week of the year.
The accolades don’t stop there. Their “first album” has had the best sales performance of any “first album” for not only this year but for the last seven. The last “first album” to do better was Daughtry’s debut in November of 2006. Chris Daughtry, frontman for the aforementioned group, was 25 when his band released their first full-length studio album.
“She Looks So Perfect” is the first single from 5 Seconds’ debut opus. It dropped in February and went straight to number one in their native Australia as well as New Zealand and the UK. The song peaked at number 24 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
“She Looks So Perfect” was written by Ashton and Michael along with producer Jake Sinclair.
Currently, 5 Seconds of Summer is touring with One Direction as their opening act.
It’s a fitting union.
Not only are 1D and 5SOS referred to as “boy bands” by the media but they’re also managed by the same London-based company, Modest Management.
Sharing the same management company as One Direction probably explains why 5 Seconds of Summer announced their 2015 headlining tour so far in advance. If you remember 1D did the same thing; they announced their current “Where We Are Tour” in May of 2013. The trek began in earnest in late April of 2014.
By the way, that 1D tour ends Oct. 5 in Miami. Highlights of their outing include stops in Toronto, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
Warming up audiences at a One Direction concert is a huge boon for Five Seconds. After all, the “Where We Are Tour” is visiting huge venues like MetLife Stadium, Gillette Stadium, and Ford Field.
A lot of 1D fans will be arriving for the concert not knowing much about 5SOS, much less their ages. They will leave, however, with a new favorite band (well, a new second-favorite band as One Direction will probably still be numero uno).
To prepare for their big headlining jaunt of ’15, the boys from Australia have a little mini-tour of the U.S. planned for mid-November. For three concerts, Five Seconds of Summer will be the top name on the marquee.
On Nov. 13 they’ll be in Phoenix for a gig at the Ak-Chin Pavilion. Then on Nov. 15 and Nov. 16 they will entertain fans at the fabulous Forum in Los Angeles. The first of those two dates are already sold out.
I mentioned earlier that 5 Seconds of Summer begin their world headlining tour in early May of 2015. The North American leg of that world odyssey doesn’t commence until July 17 in Las Vegas.
After Sin City, the boys travel to California, Canada, the Midwest, the East Coast, and finally the U.S. South. The final show on their docket is Sept. 13. That evening, West Palm Beach welcomes 5 Seconds of Summer to the Cruzan Amphitheatre.
All in all, there are 30 stops on their tour calendar including concerts in Tinley Park, Mansfield, Holmdel, and Charlotte.
The big question surrounding the group is what their ages are, but the big debate is whether or not 5SOS is a reall boy band?
They have many of the ageless qualities of a boy band. They are fun, energetic, and young.
Furthermore, the four members of the group are diverse enough to provide someone for every fan (tween girl). There’s the heartthrob (Luke), the funny one (Michael), the quiet one (Ashton), and the ethnically ambiguous one (Calum).
Yet, 5 Seconds of Summer does something that most boy bands don’t do and that’s play their own instruments. These guys do much more than just sing. They are an actual rock band.
Luke and Michael play guitar. Calum is on bass. Ashton bangs on the drums.
They also write most of their own music. With the exception of “Amnesia,” at least two of the band members co-wrote all the tracks on their debut album. The members of 1D only co-wrote three songs on their first release, Up All Night.
Five Seconds of Summer is quick to remind everyone that they are indeed a rock band. They are not following in the footsteps of The Jackson 5, New Kids on the Block, and The Backstreet Boys. They are building on the work of artists like Blink-182, Ed Sheeran, Boys Like Girls and All Time Low.
Going forward, 5 Seconds of Summer will have to manage being labeled a “boy band.” It’s doubtful the media will stop calling them that (at least while they’re all teenagers) and they have a fan base that’s very boy-band-like (young girls). It also doesn’t help that they’re opening for the preeminent boy band of the era, and maybe of all-time, One Direction.
Since you can’t be a boy band forever, it’s going to be a lot easier for 5SOS to shake that epithet and mature than it will be for One Direction. Then again, 1D probably won’t have to worry about all that. They’ll disband and Harry Styles will go on to be a big solo artist.
Call them a boy band, or call them a rock band, it really doesn’t matter. At the rate Five Seconds of Summer is moving records and selling concerts tickets they’re going to be around for a lot longer than five seconds and 15 minutes.
No matter how you look at it, we’re living in the age of 5 Seconds of Summer.
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