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Lorde – August 25, 2022

What can I say? She was better than I expected! I took my 14 year old daughter to her first show and she loved it.

But first, let’s talk about the opener. “Jim-E Stack.” I guess if I was single and at a nightclub and wanting to dance this guy would be ok. But as an opening act? C’mon! At first I thought maybe Lorde was just punking us or hated her fans. But she was actually very gracious during the night and claims to love her fan so I guess I was wrong. Jim-E basically had a setup smaller than a Casio keyboard and just randomly hit knobs from time to time while dancing. LAME!!! For all I know, the dudes at the soundboard with 20x the equipment he had were playing all the music. Moving on!

Lorde is a solid entertainer. I know. You think I’m crazy about now, but she was good. The various backup singers and musicians were all choreographed throughout the night. Everyone had a job, a place to stand, a way to move, etc. She clearly puts planning into her shows.

Not being a fan myself – again, I was there for my daughter – I didn’t expect to know too much.

She started with a couple songs I’ve never heard and played Stoned at the Nail Salon third. I think Fallen Fruit was next but don’t quote me. Next was The Path which I only know because she mentioned being born in the year of OxyContin and I looked it up on the Google.

Throughout the night she was very interactive with the crowd. No “going through the motions” here. She talked a lot, and apologized for having to reschedule this show. It was supposed to take place back in April but she cancelled last minute with Laryngitis and knew she couldn’t put on the show she wanted. She tells us that the whole crew was at the venue that night and the stage was ready to go. So a tough decision.

She talked a lot as I said, and specifically at one point about “getting older.” So with that she went into my daughter’s favorite Lorde song Ribs.

There was a long spiel about summertime, followed by Big Star and then they worked in a pretty rad cover of Cruel Summer a little later on.

The night was filled with a few wardrobe changes, her crazy little dance that I’m going to call “The Lorde” going forward, and of course her new blonde hair that according to the interwebs was big news recently. I guess when you’re a female performer, looks get reported on more than talent? I dunno.

She of course played her new album title song Solar during the show, and closed the night with Royals and Team. She seemed like she had a ton of fun throughout the night and actually has a great voice. And it was nice to see guitars, drums, keys, and more being played throughout the night.

A random observation about the show that reminds me of the Tyler the Creator show that I took my son to. This generation of music fans is weird. I think because they watch their lives through a tiny handheld screen, they just have a different view on life. If Lorde was standing still and then randomly waived her hand around, the crowd would go nuts. Little odd motions or I expected movements made people go crazy. The same happened at Tyler. And as I look around, many people watch the show not with their direct eyes, but through their phone as they record as much as they can. Odd.

Get out there and enjoy the show peeps! I challenge you to leave your phone turned off in your pocket the whole time.

“No cameras or recording devices” was the motto for just about every show I attended…until cellphone cameras became better than many cameras on the market.

About Rob the Concert Guy

I love live music and will pretty much go to just about any concert. I've made a lot of friends because of my willingness to put that extra ticket to good use. I've been to hundreds of shows and finally I decided I should start writing about them. Better late than never I guess.

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