In one of the most flawless performances I’ve ever attended, John Legend gave a great show at the Mann last night. With no opening act and no introduction, he and his musicians walked on stage and entertained a near full house of extremely diverse fans, both in age and race.
It’s rare that a live act, especially outdoors, hits all the concert elements perfectly. His stage was beautiful, the music clear- not too loud, not too soft - and you could hear every syllable coming out of his mic. The stage lighting was amazing.
I’m not one of John Legends biggest fans but I can’t hate on his show. If you are a fan, he certainly didn’t disappoint as the crowd cheered his every breath. To my surprise, he did perform my favorite Legend song, Again, which I didn’t think rated to be included in his show, but he gave a back story and a beautiful arrangement.
For me, his song selection was more suited for a piano bar or lounge and not the big stage. Even the fast songs got ‘loungey’. Green Light followed by Michael Jackson’s Rock with Me didn’t have the dance tune pop I thought the show needed to step away from ballads for a while. The absence of background singers made me tire of hearing him all night but John Legend gave a John Legend show and his fans loved it. That’s all that matters, right?
I do think John Legend is a brilliant song writer but I’ve heard others do his songs more to my liking than him. And my favorite Legend album, Wake Up, didn’t garner a single song.
If you like John Legend, check out his live show. It’s great.