West Valley City • A perfect summer evening welcomed three pop bands to Usana Amphitheatre Saturday night: American Authors, The Script and OneRepublic.
The 17,000 screaming fans kept up their energy from opening to final encore for a fun-filled night of music.
Opening song • “Light It Up,” played behind a giant backlit sheet, with the band members’ shadows projected on it.
Highlight • The Script lead singer Danny O’Donoghue interacting with the crowd, from visiting the back sections to say hi to calling up an audience member’s ex-girlfriend to give her some playful grief.
Crowd favorite • The images shot around Salt Lake City and displayed on the screen behind the band during “Come Home” got the crowd cheering even louder, as did some impressive classical Spanish guitar work leading into the hit song “Counting Stars.”
Best quotes • “We’ve never done a show in sunglasses before. It’s just because the sun is right in our faces, and I managed to dress like a solar panel.” Danny O’Donoghue, lead singer of The Script.
“You have been the most consistently awesome — I would get really cheesy if I continued with the superlatives about how awesome you’ve been,” Ryan Tedder, lead singer of OneRepublic
In the crowd • The Script’s Danny O’Donoghue opened the Irish band’s set with “Good Ol’ Days” by jumping down from the stage and asking crowd members to sing into his mic during the chorus.
Opening bands • American Authors opened up the night, setting the perfect tone for an outdoor summer pop concert, exemplified by the joie de vivre in their set closer and radio hit “Best Day of My Life.”
Next up • KISS and Def Leppard take the stage at Usana on June 23 at 7 p.m.