The name may seem audacious, but UK tween-teen heartthrobs The Wanted proved their moniker was appropriate as the band sold out its Sunday night show at The Paramount in Huntington.
Doors opened at 6 p.m., yet a line of (mostly) girls and young women had already been in place for hours, stretching south down New York Avenue to East Carver Street -- around the block on to it. The many to-be concertgoers kept their conversations and bubbling anticipation to a low din – all the while well-monitored by Paramount security, easily spotted in their bright, tennis ball color-hued shirts.
As for the crowd, it was mainly hundreds of young ladies ranging in age from 13 to 18 (which probably explains why there was parking available in town lots) – although there were guests old enough to drive themselves, some over great distances. “I just drove here from Atlantic City, straight-through,” said Lauren Weiss, an 18 year-old student from East Moriches,” I was there for the weekend but I came back to the Island just to see the show.” Only a fan for about four months, Weiss learned about the band online, “through YouTube and Twitter.”
Notably aggressive via social media, The Wanted provide devotees with a constant stream of updates, pictures and comments. For example, the band’s Twitter account mentioned the Paramount show and The Wanted’s appearance 13 times between 10 a.m. on March 25 and 1 a.m. on March 26. Tweets are certainly one way Mary Andriotis, 14, of Dix Hills keeps aware of what’s happening, but there are others: ”I saw them on the ‘Ellen’ show,” referring to an appearance on Ellen DeGeneres’s’ talk show. Mary came with her mother Laureen, and the both of them – seated in the mezzanine -- were excited. “I’m going to scream and dance tonight,” said Mary, and mom agreed, adding, “We’d love to be on the floor, but we don’t want to get caught in a mosh pit down there …it’s happened at other concerts [in other locations around Manhattan].”
There was no mosh pit, or anything unruly for that matter at The Paramount – just hundreds of people filling the space in front of the stage. But not everyone was standing on the floor, as the balconies were also bustling.
“Even if we didn’t have VIP seating, we’d be here, up there in the crowd,” noted 21-year-old student Gabrielle Dean of Woodbury. She and her friend Amanda Berardi (a 25-year-old paralegal from Levittown) were in attendance – in a roped-off booth, served by a waitress -- dismissing the notion this was only of interest to kids.
Opening acts Zander Bleck and Outasight received good responses during their sets, but both were well aware that this night was all about The Wanted, and both heard great yells every time either mentioned the impending headlining show. Once onstage, the quintet that make up The Wanted played cuts from their catalog (as well as a “Vida La Vida / Coldplay Medley” often included in their regular set), closing with a bouncing, full-force rendition of their hit track “Glad You Came’” making the night complete.