When Stars first formed, lead-vocalist Torquil Campbell told the audience at The Jefferson Theater, the band would often arrive at shows only to end up performing to an empty room. At their Tuesday concert, however, they addressed a venue crowded with fans who sang and danced along throughout the show.
The stop in Charlottesville was part of their promotion for their sixth full-length studio album, “The North.” The experience that comes with twelve years of working together was evident in the ease with which the members took control of the stage and engaged their audience. Though Stars have reached a higher celebrity status since their days of performing to empty rooms, they maintained a casual and comfortable on-stage persona.
Stars opened with “Theory of Relativity” and closed with “The 400,” both songs from their new album. They included a few other key tracks from “The North,” however the most enthusiasm was reserved for past hits. The audience roared as the band began to play “Your Ex-Lover is Dead.”
The energy of the theater continually shifted throughout the night to match the various musical styles in the songs. Melodic songs like “Ageless Beauty” received silent focus, while upbeat songs like “Take Me to the Riot” prompted fans to sing along to the catchy chorus.
Interaction between the band and the audience created a dynamic atmosphere and at the end of the night, Campbell and Millan acknowledged the positive impact this had on the show by thanking the crowd for a great concert.