If his goal was to leave the crowd wanting more, then mission absolutely accomplished.
The first time I saw Lewis Capaldi, it was at The Troubadour in West Hollywood, he only had an EP under his belt and you could tell his comfort levels on stage varied throughout the night. This time around he was at a bigger venue and had a debut album to present to the crowd; a great time was truly had.
My favorite part about going to concerts is experiencing the opening act of the show. I’ve been underwhelmed a few times, but this was not one of those nights. Sam Fischer sounds like the best parts of Sam Smith and James Arthur- I said what I said. Yes, I realize the heaviness in my statement but believe me when I say that his high notes will cause your jaw to hit the floor.
He admitted to this being his first tour and I’m happy to report the nerves didn’t overflow into the energy on the stage. He seemed at ease, his vocals were absolutely flawless and you could tell that he was trying to take as much of the night in as possible.
I called it with Aurora, James Bay, Johnnyswim and Lewis Capaldi when I discovered their music at the beginning of their career and I am certain that I just caught Sam Fischer right before his takes off .
I’ve been listening to his music all morning.
Lewis Capaldi feels like the smile that happens right after a really good cry. Hear me out. Yes, I am absolutely aware that his music is completely gut-wrenching. He forces you to tune in to the most heartbreaking parts of yourself. He stirs up emotion and dives into your feelings in a way that you cannot ignore. The thing that makes him special though, is the fact that he finds away to be hilarious at the perfect moments.
He has found the comfort on that stage and he intertwines his witty comments with the heartbreaking music in a beautiful way. He had us crying to “Hollywood” one moment and laughing about his masturbation habits the next.
That’s the thing, it’s his unapologetic and blunt nature that makes his comedy feel effortless. The fact that his songs are sad is not lost on him, he reminds the crowd multiple times throughout the show and maybe it’s the way that he can laugh through his pain that makes him so likeable. Maybe it’s the way that he reminds you three times before “Headspace” that though you may enjoy the song, it still is very much about a girl who broke his heart.
His vocals are unmatched and if at all possible, the album does not do them justice. Hearing him live and feeling his voice hit you directly from the stage is absolutely magical.
Though I thoroughly and undoubtedly enjoyed the concert, I do have one complaint: No encore. Lewis explained that he hated encores, they made no sense but I loudly disagree. Encores are fun, encores give us more songs, encores feel like a mini-concert after the one you just had. People slowly walked out of the venue half-expecting him to come back on stage, being that there was still so many songs he could have performed, but alas we were left craving more of him.
So if Lewis Capaldi wanted to leave the crowd wanting more, then I guess having no encore is the way to do it.
All-in-all it was a wonderful concert and I have decided to see Lewis Capaldi live every single time he comes to Los Angeles because he is absolutely worth it.