Boy band with LDS roots lights up stages across Asia (+video)

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  • Formergerb Layton, UT
    Sept. 14, 2013 4:09 p.m.

    Good questions you posed. Beyond 5 was hosted by the LDS church but not funded by them. The community concerts they put on were free to the public and the band performed at several firesides, youth conferences and devotionals as well. The band paid for the service tour through money raised from donations. The band also brought thousands of books with them to donate to youth groups throughout Asia. I'm not sure what part of this amazing tour smells odd to you but it was incredibly successful and the band touched many lives, and their own lives will never be the same.

  • Soccer Coach 18 Syracuse, UT
    Sept. 14, 2013 3:30 p.m.

    Might want to check your facts, Zac Love is actually from utah.

  • d_rolling_kearney Sacramento, CA
    Sept. 14, 2013 3:12 p.m.

    "In fact, the five singers raised the money to be able to come on tour this summer."

    I thought this tidbit was interesting, too. Their Indiegogo campaign said they were raising money for a "missions trip" to Asia. This whole thing smells odd.

  • d_rolling_kearney Sacramento, CA
    Sept. 14, 2013 1:42 p.m.

    My friend attended this concert with his two children in Taiwan and we had a long conversation afterwards.

    "Behind the scenes and before the curtain, members from local LDS wards would help get the performers ready for each concert."

    Not only did members help them get ready for the shows, they were actively advertising the shows at the LDS church buildings, and even passed out tickets during church on Sunday and had posters of the band hung up in the church buildings. Not only that, but when my friend got home, he noticed that on the bottom of one page of the all-Chinese language concert flyer was some English text: "This event co-hosted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." We both wondered how this nobody band, admittedly formed only a few months ago, was able to get the full muscle of the LDS Church behind them in marketing, advertising, and promotion, especially when they are, basically, a secular band. My friend said that at the show he attended there was nothing spiritual or Gospel-related mentioned! The local missionaries were even allowed to attend but they left because no one was talking to them.

  • Uncle Vic El Dorado Hills, CA
    Sept. 14, 2013 11:13 a.m.

    We saw them in Taiwan. It was a good show. Lots of screaming girls, guys scratching their heads, but fun all the same.

  • GK Willington Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 13, 2013 8:10 p.m.

    to Formergerb

    "we can't wait to see them in concert in SLC!"

    But, Will they be opening for 1 direction or co-headlining?

  • Formergerb Layton, UT
    Sept. 13, 2013 1:38 p.m.

    We had a chance to see these boys perform on the Great Wall of China! They were incredible and we can't wait to see them in concert in SLC! They are releasing a music video on Monday and an album on 2 November. Thanks DNews for writing about these amazing young men!