PICS: Young the Giant, Fitz and the Tantrums at SDSU’s Open Air Theatre

Young the Giant and tour-mates Fitz and the Tantrums braved the 'heat of the summer' for a fantastic show at Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre.

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The pop/rock (ahem) giants announced their current tour back in February -- and it wraps up tomorrow night (Aug. 16) in Las Vegas.
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On board as co-headliners for the tour? None other than the beloved Fitz & the Tantrums! (Noelle Scaggs pictured)
Originally formed just up in the road in Irvine, California in 2004, Young the Giant is currently comprised of vocalist Sameer Gadhia, guitarist Jacob Tilley (pictured), guitarist Eric Cannata, bassist Payam Doostzadeh and drummer Francois Comtois.
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Fun fact: The band was formerly known as "The Jakes" before renaming the band to Young the Giant and releasing their debut eponymous album in 2010. (Gadhia pictured)
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The group's first two singles, "My Body" and "Cough Syrup," both hit high positions on various charts around the world in 2011 and kicked off their hugely successful music career. (Cannata pictured)
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After their debut album, the band has released three more studio full-length efforts: 2014's "Mind Over Matter," 2016's "Home of the Strange" and their latest, "Mirror Master," in 2018. (Gadhia pictured)
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During the Aug. 9 show, Young the Giant performed the following setlist: "Oblivion," "Something to Believe In," "Heat of the Summer," "Apartment," "Amerika," "Nothing's Over," "Home of the Strange," "Titus Was Born," "Firelight"... (Doostzadeh pictured)
Followed by "Cough Syrup," "Panoramic Girl," "Mind Over Matter," "Call Me Back," "Superposition," "Tightrope," "Silvertongue," and "My Body." (Gadhia pictured)
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As previously mentioned, LA-based indie neo-soul/pop act Fitz & the Tantrums also performed. (Vocalist Michael Fitzpatrick pictured)
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The group -- which, aside from Fitzpatrick, is comprised of vocalist Noelle Scaggs, saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist James King, bassist Joseph Karnes (pictured), keyboardist Jeremy Ruzumna, and drummer John Wicks -- is a long-time San Diego favorite! We've seen them at venues all around town over the years and they never disappoint.
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Their debut album, 2010's "Pickin' Up the Pieces," spawned the huge hit single "MoneyGrabber" and "Don't Gotta Work it Out." They followed that with "More Than Just a Dream" (and its No. 1 single "Out of My League") in 2013, a self-titled effort in 2016, and this year's "All the Feels." (King pictured)
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The group's Aug. 9 setlist included "Get Right Back," "Don't Gotta Work it Out," "Out of My League," "MoneyGrabber," "123456," "Break the Walls," "Fools Good," "I Need Help!," "Hands Up," "All the Feels" and "The Walker" (among others). The entire show was amazing start to finish -- and we hope both bands return to San Diego soon!
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