TISHU PLEASE! TISHU!!! NO, I’M NOT CRYING! I’M NOT CRYING AT ALL!!!!
Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour Concert last November 21 was lively, stirring, and majestic; this concert is going down in my book as one of the best, most emotional concerts I’ve ever had the pleasure of attending!
The stage wasn’t flamboyant, there wasn’t much choreography on-stage, no huge screen projecting the typical party visuals. No frills, no pretensions. It was simply a night of Sam Smith’s sweet, soulful music. And that was definitely more than enough.
This concert was a long time coming. A lot of people probably know about the notorious cancellation last May. It was news that rocked a lot of fans’ worlds. Good thing it wasn’t permanent as Sam and company soon announced that the concert was pushing through in November. And after a few more months of delay, the day Sam Smith performs in Manila finally came.
It was obvious just how much the Filipino fans have been eagerly anticipating Smith’s concert. The second those massive black curtains fell to the floor, revealing the 23-year old, multi-award winning, R&B sensation standing tall in the middle of the stage, the fan screams and cheers almost blew the top off of SM MOA Arena!
Sam started us off with Life Support, and from the get go people were already moving and singing to the music. Even my friends and I, who were way up in the upper box section, were getting in the groove!
The next hour was jam-packed with tracks from his debut album, In the Lonely Hour. Everyone was singing along to chart-topping hits like I’m Not The Only One, Restart, Like I Can, and La La La. While the other songs, Good Thing, I’ve Told You Now, Make It To Me, and one of my favorites, Leave Your Lover, may not have made it to mainstream radio yet but were still received with much gusto.
Sam even shook it up a bit by performing a few mash ups for the crowd. Money On My Mind was mashed up with Finally by CeCe Peniston, Not In That Way with Can’t Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley, and Tears Dry On Their Own by Amy Winehouse (because Sam’s a self-professed Amy Winehouse fan) with Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Diana Ross. From the first mash up, everyone was on their feet, dancing to the wonderful melodies!
My favorite part of the night was when he mesmerized everyone with Lay Me Down and Latch. Those two songs were sung with such honesty and ardor that you could practically feel the Arena crying. Even better was when Sam asked everyone to put their phones out and wave them up in the air during the Latch performance. SM MOA Arena suddenly became a sea of lights; it was absolutely stunning.
I know for a fact that some people were crying during some parts. Who can blame them? Aside from Sam having such a deep and haunting voice, this concert just had way too much feels! And when Sam shared his inspirations – which were mostly past relationships and personal moments of heartbreak – the songs resonated even more. He turned his pain into something beautiful, something we could all share; and we couldn’t help but cling on to every lyric, and soak up every tune, and view his songs in a different/more profound light. There was so much passion; so much history; so much love and heartache behind it all. It was a lonely hour indeed.
Sam concluded the night with his hit, Stay With Me – something we all wanted to tell Sam. When they said it was called In The Lonely Hour Tour, I didn’t think they’d take it so literally! The hour was sweet but just too short! (He hasn’t even sung Writing On The Wall yet! *insert sad face*) But alas, as Sam himself said, “Too much of a good thing, won’t be good anymore.”…
…I’m kidding! How can there be too much Sam Smith?! There could never be enough Sam Smith!!
In The Lonely Hour Concert was one big jamboree for fans like me to pour our hearts out by singing at the top of our lungs and belting out our best falsettos. But more importantly, it was an hour filled with beautiful and sincere music from a once-in-a-generation talent. Sam Smith’s music cut deep. It had the power to simultaneously bring hearts together or help mend broken ones. Hopefully somewhere down the road he treats us again with the gift of his music. Until then, I’ll settle with putting him on loop.