The big time reunion

After seven long years, be ready to be brought back to the big time.

Beth Kamman

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On Dec. 18, Big Time Rush will have a concert at the Chicago Theatre. The show sold out almost instantly.

Big Time Rush, the boy band that many teens adored, ended on July 25, 2013, after three albums, four seasons of their own show and numerous concerts all over the world. The four hockey boys from Minnesota decided to pursue their separate dreams.

Kendall Schmidt, Logan Henderson and James Maslow continued to make music, but individually. Carlos PenaVega took a different route and decided to start a family. While the boys were ruling their own respective worlds, they were planning something nobody could have expected. 

In June 2020, the group paralyzed the world when they sang together and announced their return. Fans quickly grew excited with the news of their big-time comeback. Junior Amya Appelt was elated with the reunion. 

“I think it is unbelievable that they are coming back because it has a sense of nostalgia; I am super excited to hear their new music,” Appelt said.

The band has been hinting towards new music on their Instagram live streams and stories. On Carlos PenaVegas’s private Instagram account on Aug. 12, 2021, he captioned a picture of the band “ready to make some new music!” on Aug. 15, 2021, BTR started an Instagram live stream and played a snippet of their new song “Not Giving You Up.” Long-time fans are ready to hear the new music, and junior Alex Bueno is one of them. 

I would listen to [Big Time Rush’s] new music and give it a shot,” said Bueno. “Their past songs were pretty good, so I would give the new ones a try.”

While the band is teasing new music, they also have announced two concert dates in the upcoming months. There will be one concert in Chicago at the Chicago Theatre on Dec. 15, 2021. The other concert will be in New York at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Dec. 18, 2021. In a matter of minutes, the tickets sold out for both cities, which saddened many fans. Sophomore Brooke Devience would have loved the opportunity to go to their concert.

“I would drop everything to go to a Big Time Rush concert because they made me appreciate music growing up,” said Devience. “I also never got the chance to go when I was younger, so that would be a big dream come true.”

Big Time Rush’s reunion will give the fans who grew up with the band an opportunity to savor their childhood for a moment longer. Fans of other boy bands such as One Direction have hoped over the years for reunions as well; however, those requests have fallen on deaf ears. For now, fans of Big Time Rush are the ones who gained the comeback they hoped would happen.

Big Time Rush announced their reunion. This will be the band’s first time back together since 2014. (Paola Perez)