R5 have partnered with Ryan Secrest for the premiere of “Dark Side,” a new video shot over the course of 20 shows and eight countries. Armed with GoPros, the band traveled from South America to New Zealand to capture the excitement of their global tour and the clip can be viewed below.
Bassist Riker Lynch’s interest in GoPro sparked the idea for the video. “There are so many different ways to use a GoPro,” he says. “We chose to shoot our point of view of touring life from the time we wake up to when we hit the stage. We wanted to give our fans a new perspective of our lives on tour. Being able to watch us perform so close up, I thought it would be cool, but it I actually turned out even better than I imagined.”
“Dark Side” explores the thrill of “giving in to temptations because those experiences end up making the best stories,” says lead singer Ross Lynch. Describing the origins of the song, Riker noted, “the funky guitar riffs came about with a bass line from Rocky, then collectively we sprinkled a little synth on top so from the first beat it makes you wanna groove.”
As they wrap up the final leg of their Sometime Last Night Tour, R5 is releasing Live At The Greek, a two disc set (DVD + Blu-ray) that captures their epic August 23, 2015 performance at the legendary Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Fans can purchase the set HERE: (http://smarturl.it/r5c1)
The DVD features over 80 minutes of live concert footage, exclusive interviews with the band and a 48-page photo booklet with live and candid backstage photos shot during the summer leg of their Sometime Last Night headlining tour.
The band returns home at the end of March to begin work on a new album. They’ll break from the studio in August and head to Japan, where they’ll share the stage with Charlie Puth, Elle King, Radiohead, The 1975 and more on the 2016 Summer Sonic Festival in Tokyo and Osaka on August 20 and 21.
Having toured across 5 continents, 31 countries and played over 250 shows in just under 3 years, R5 have played to packed-house crowds across Asia, Europe, South America and North America. Their groove-heavy, guitar-driven sophomore album, Sometime Last Night, garnered accolades across the globe and scored impressive chart debuts hitting #6 in the U.S., #2 in Portugal, #5 in Spain and breaking into the top 20 in countries such as Canada, Italy, Norway and Australia. With over 65 million Spotify streams and 200 million views on VEVO globally, the band’s social reach has surpassed 17 million combined fans.