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  • Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience World Tour” concert review – April 26th,…

    27 Apr 2014, 09:56 by RnB_001

    Sam 26 avr. – Justin Timberlake

    Last night, Justin Timberlake was in Paris, at the Stade de France, to perform his newest songs off his 2 latest albums The 20/20 Experience and The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2, as well as his most famous songs from his previous albums.

    After a DJ who made us wait for almost 2 hours, Justin arrived onto the stage, dressed to the nines (he was wearing a black suit, with a white shirt and a black bow tie), and kicked off the show with Pusher Love Girl (from The 20/20 Experience) and continued with Rock Your Body (from Justified, his debut album).

    After speaking a few words of French (which the audience loved), he then sang FutureSex/LoveSound (from his 2nd album FutureSex/LoveSounds), Like I Love You and My Love. He carried on with TKO (from The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2), Summer Love and LoveStoned (both songs are from his 2nd album).

    10 minutes later, we saw Justin sitting on his white piano; he performed Until the End of Time and dedicated this song to the couples which were in the audience and afterwards, he sang his part of the Holy Grail song. He kept the show going with Cry Me a River (from Justified), Only When I Walk Away, and after that song he thanked us for being there tonight and drank a shot of tequila on our behalf.

    He continued with Drink Me Away and Tunnel Vision. At this moment, we noticed that the stage (which was divided into 2 parts, the orchestra was on the main one, while he and his backup singers were on the other) he was on was moving, so he could be with the crowd (minutes later, he was walking through the crowd and asking if we were having a good time).

    The next songs he sang were Señorita and Let the Groove Get In (from The 20/20 Experience). As you may know, Justin hails from Memphis, TN, so he paid homage to Elvis Presley and covered Heartbreak Hotel. Afterward, he played his latest single Not a Bad Thing, and he then paid homage to Michael Jackson, and covered Human Nature. All songs were performed on his guitar.

    The show went on and he performed What Goes Around…Comes Around (from FutureSex/LoveSounds), Take Back the Night, Murder, Suit & Tie and the last song of the show, Mirrors. He thanked us once more time, asked us to make some noise for his band JT and The Tennessee Kids and left the stage.

    Justin Timberlake is definitely a real entertainer. He can dance and sing at the same time. His moves are very impressive and he always manages to make the audience his. Moreover, he always works hard to offer his fans high quality concerts (his 2007’s Futuresex/Loveshow concert lasted 2h30 while this one lasted 2h20). So if you’re given the opportunity to go to one of his shows, you’re guaranteed to spend an excellent time.

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  • Glenn Lewis’ concert review – April 7th, 2014

    8 Apr 2014, 13:53 by RnB_001

    Mon 7 Apr – Glenn Lewis

    Last night, Canadian R&B singer Glenn Lewis played at the Parisian venue Bizz’art in order to promote his latest album, Moment of Truth.

    The opening part was made by a French artist, whose EP is coming out soon. It was not bad, I liked it. Her part lasted 35 minutes, and she had a nice voice, although I found that her songs were a bit too long.

    Minutes later, Glenn arrived on the stage, with his band (composed of a bassist, a guitarist, a drummer, a keyboard plater, and background singers). He kicked off the show with Storm (from his latest album). He continued with Simple Things (from World Outside My Window, his debut album), Up & Down and Random Thoughts.

    He kept the show going with some classics like This Love, It’s Not Fair, and Lonely. The audience was dancing, singing along to the songs and cheered when Glenn covered Michael Jackson’s I Can’t Help It. We all were enjoying the show.

    After that, he went on with Closer, Ugly Face and Can’t Say Love (all from the The Moment of Truth album). He then made us fly to Jamaica for a couple of songs, with Time Soon Come and Back For More. The temperature was rising, Glenn was dancing and we were enjoying until he slowed things down with the next 3 songs: All I See, Good One and Don’t You Forget It. Of course, going back to R&B didn’t stop us from dancing and singing.

    He came back minutes later for the encore: Fall Again. When he finished, he thanked us for coming to see him and left the stage.

    I honestly didn’t expect the show to be that good, and I didn’t think there would be so many people. Not only is Glenn an amazing singer that makes really good music, but he is also very funny. He loves to play around with the audience and making them laugh.

    If you ever get to see him live, you will definitely enjoy it. He may not be very famous but you are certain to have a good time.

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  • Backstreet Boys’ “In A World Like This Tour” concert review – March 18th, 2014

    19 Mar 2014, 16:03 by RnB_001

    Mar. 18 mars – In a World like this Tour

    In order to promote their latest album, In a World Like This, the boys are currently touring in Europe and last night, they played in the Parisian venue Le Zénith, to a nearly sold out show.

    To keep us waiting, just before the opening part began, Brian introduced his son, Baylee, to us, and let him sing 2 songs. The whole audience fell in love with him, and I have to say that he was really cute. After singing his 2 songs (including the Jackson 5’s I Want You Back), he went back to his dad.

    Minutes later, another American band made its way onto the stage. They’re called The Exchange and they’re absolutely amazing. This quintet is a mix between Ahmir and Naturally 7 (they’ve got great voices and they make all the instruments with their mouths). They covered James Brown’s I Feel Good, Macklemore’s Can’t Hold Us, K’Naan’s Wavin' Flag, Shakira’s Waka Waka (This Time for Africa), as well as 2 original songs.

    30 minutes later; lights out. The audience clapped, screamed with joy when the Backstreet Boys made their way onto the scene and sang together when they kicked it off with The Call (from the 2000 album Black & Blue) and continued with Don’t Want You Back (from 1999’s Millennium). Then, Nick came to see us and told us that they were in the music industry for almost 21 years and thanked us for still being there and supporting them.

    The next song they sang was Permanent Stain (from their latest album) and then took us down memory lane with As Long as You Love Me and All I Have to Give (from their debut album), continued with Show ‘em (What you’re made of) and Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely.

    After that, they sang Breathe, I’LL NEVER BREAK YOUR HEART and We’ve Got It Goin' On. Then, we saw some children and the boys did an acoustic set for us and their instruments. It was really good. They sang an extract of Safest Place to Hide (from 2005’s Never Gone), 10,000 Promises, Quit Playing Games (With My Heart) and Madeleine.

    They went back to dancing with The One,Love Somebody, and we kept singing and dancing on Shape of My Heart, In a World Like This and we screamed louder with joy on I Want It That Way. They made us sing for the encore when they came back for Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) and Larger Than Life.

    Before walking off the stage, they thanked us once again and told us that it wouldn’t take them another 15 years to come back (they had come in 1999 to promote their Millennium album).

    This concert was one of the craziest, most spectacular, most intense and greatest shows I’ve been to. It was even better than the Montreal one I went to last year (because I was closer to the stage, and the opening part was awesome). I also got to see some extracts of the Backstreet Boys movie which should get released soon, and I really liked it. Although the songs they sang were the same than the ones in Montreal, it did feel good to see them again.

    If you have the opportunity to see them live, don’t miss them because they will take you down memory lane and you will be able to relive your teenage years.

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  • Gavin DeGraw’s « Make a Move Tour » review – March 2nd, 2014

    3 Mar 2014, 21:33 by RnB_001

    Dim. 2 mars – Gavin DeGraw, Yellowire

    In order to promote his latest album Make A Move, singer Gavin DeGraw started on February 26th in Great Britain, the European leg of his “Make a Move Tour”, until March 19th, where it ends in Italy. He’s then going back to the US for the American leg of his “Make a Move Tour”.

    Last night, Gavin and his band were in Paris, at La Maroquinerie venue and it was a blast.

    The opening part was made by London-based band Yellow Wire, and we were all surprised when the singer spoke French (which was really good). He said that Gavin asked them to open for him and they were happy to jump on the bandwagon. They played their songs for 30 minutes and they left the stage for Gavin and his band.

    Minutes later, the lights are out. Gavin and his band (which was made of a guitarist, a keyboard player, a bassist and a drummer) arrive and they kicked off the show with the title-track Make a Move and they continued with Heartbreak.

    He then took us down memory lane with Chariot (from his 1st album Chariot) and we all sang along with him. Afterward, he sang Different for Girls (from his latest album) and carried on with Run Every Time (from Sweeter), Who’s Gonna Save Us, he let us sing the end of the song then told us that we sang very well and he didn’t expect us to know the words.

    He went back to his debut album, sang Follow Through and once again, he let us finish the song. He was sitting at the piano, and we all enjoyed it. After that, he introduced himself for the people who didn’t know him and went back to his piano and sang an extract of We Belong Together (from his eponym album).

    Gavin and his band kept the show going with Best I Ever Had (from his latest album) and went on with Soldier. We then all jumped on Every Little Bit, sang along to More Than Anyone (he also gave us the microphone to end the song) and clapped on the Finest Hour song.

    As the show was heading toward the end and we were waiting for his most famous song, he didn’t make us wait any longer and we all sang our favorite song of his: I Don’t Want To Be. We all screamed with joy and all sang together.

    He continued to sing 2 songs of Make A Move: Leading Man and Everything Will Change and ended the concert with Not Over You.

    Before leaving the stage, he said that he wouldn’t wait another 5 years to come back and took a selfie with us, and of course, thanked us.

    Gavin is awesome and is a pretty laidback person. You can tell he’s having fun on stage and his lyrics are great. He can manage to make everyone happy with his song.

    This is another concert I didn’t regret going to. Although I wanted him to sing We Belong Together entirely as well as Stay and Belief, I was very satisfied.

    If you like the pop/rock tunes, I recommend you see him live. You will not regret it.

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  • Blue’s concert review – November 25th, 2013

    27 Nov 2013, 19:04 by RnB_001

    Mon 25 Nov – Blue

    Last night, British boy band Blue played in the Parisian venue l’Alhambra in order to promote their latest album, Roulette.

    A British artist that I hadn’t heard of opened for them. He sang some songs of his and said at the end of his part, he said that his album would be out soon.

    Blue arrived on the stage at 9.05pm with an orchestra which was composed of a drummer, a guitarist and key player. They started with We've Got Tonight (from their latest album Roulette) and continued with BUBBLIN’ (from their 3rd album Guilty). Then they said a few words of French, which made us very happy.

    Lee told us that they had been to a French restaurant the night before and they ate snails. It was very random, but they loved it so much that Lee decided to share it with us.

    Afterwards, they kept the show going with Fly By and Too Close (2 songs from their 1st album, All Rise) and carried on with Ayo and Black Box (from Roulette).
    They then sang U Make Me Wanna (from their 2nd album One Love) and Lee asked us if we could sing. We answered that we could and they sang Sing for Me (from the British edition of their latest album) and Paradise (from the same album).

    Simon asked us if there were some Stevie Wonder fans in the house. We also said that we were and we all sang Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours (from Guilty). They continued with Heart On My Sleeve, Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word and sang a classic from their debut album, If You Come Back.

    The next songs that they performed were all taken from Roulette[/album]: Broken, Break You Down, Break My Heart and Hurt Lovers. Before leaving the stage, they sang One Love and came back minutes later with 2 classics: Breathe Easy and All Rise.

    I loved their performance. Given that there was an orchestra this time, and the fact that l’Alhambra venue is bigger than La Maroquinerie, it was better than their previous concert they gave last June. Not once did they sing an extract of a song, like many singers do. It was really great to see that they sang songs in their entirety; it is something that matters to me a lot. I do like when they sing pieces of songs but not all the time because it is the best way to disappoint me.

    If you have the opportunity to go to one of their concerts, do so, you will love them.

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  • Tamar Braxton’s concert review – September 30th, 2013

    1 Oct 2013, 20:23 by RnB_001

    Lun. 30 sept. – Tamar Braxton

    Yesterday, Tamar Braxton gave a concert in Paris (at the Nouveau Casino venue) in order to promote her latest album, Love and War (which was released on September 3rd).

    No sooner than the music of The One started did 2 topless male dancers appear on the stage. Tamar appeared seconds after. She started to sing but surprisingly, I didn’t hear any voice coming from her mouth. Maybe she was lip-syncing on her 1st song but she stopped doing so for the next songs.

    She continued with Pieces and All the Way Home and the whole crowd sang with her. She then explained to us why White Candle (the following song) was her favorite song on the album and started to sing it.

    After that, her dancers came back on stage and she sang Hot Sugar. It’s not my favorite song, but it’s alright. The audience kept singing and filming on their cell phones. She then covered Rihanna’s Diamonds and finished the show with Love and War.

    It wasn’t the best show I’ve been to, but it was fun. Tamar made with laugh with all the faces she made, with her hair... I wasn’t expecting much from her though. She could’ve done so much more, with more songs, but well, she maybe did the best she could.

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  • John Legend's concert review - July 6th, 2013

    7 Jul 2013, 10:20 by RnB_001

    Sam 6 jui. – John Legend


    Last night, American R&B singer John Legend was in Paris in order to promote his latest songs as well as some good old ones. He played in the mythical venue l’Olympia. Many people had come to sing him live and sing along with him.

    The opening part had already started when I arrived. 2 girls were singing and playing guitars. I couldn't catch their names nor could I hear what they were saying because of the noise that was around me. Most of the people were talking, and others were trying to listen, but they all seemed to be enjoying the girls’ songs.

    John Legend arrived on stage at 20.20. People were very happy to see him. They were cheering and applauding him. His band was made of a 2 female backup singers, a drummer, a keyboard player, a guitarist, a bassist and John’s grand piano.
    He started with his now classic song Used to Love U. The whole venue sang back the words to him, and he was really impressed to see that we knew all the words. He continued with his new song Made to Love (which will be in his new album, "Love in the Future"). The next 2 songs (Tonight (Best You Ever Had) and Who Did That To You) were soundtracks to 2 movies (respectively "Think Like A Man" and "Django Unchained").

    He then took us back to his 1st and 2nd albums with and extended version of Alright and Again. We kept singing and dancing to the songs. He kept the show going with Let’s Get Lifted and Number One (which were on his 1st album). Afterwards, he sang "Wake Up Everybody" (it appeared on the album he did with The Roots). John then carried out with Slow Dance and asked a girl to come up on stage. Of course, all the girls raised their hands, and he chose one of them. He made her come on stage; he danced with her and offered her a red rose. It made me laugh because he does that every time he gives a concert. He continued with 2 songs from his 2nd album: P.D.A. (We Just Don’t Care) and Save Room.

    The next song was Good Morning (from his 3rd album), and he played it on his piano, continued with I Can Change and went back to his 3rd album with Everybody Knows.
    He pursued with 2 new songs that will be on his new album: "All of You" and "Who Do With Think We Are". He also said that the new album will be released in September. He then sang I Love, You Love and added an extract of So High and finished with Green Light.

    Minutes later, he came back for an encore. He thanked us for being there, sang Ordinary People and left the stage at 22.00.

    It’s not the 1st time that I went to a John Legend concert, and like the 2 previous times, it was a huge success. I really liked the fact that he mixed the songs that made us dance with the slower ones he did on his piano. He’s a classy artist and it’s always a pleasure to sing him live. He doesn't disappoint.

    If you haven’t seen him live yet, I recommend you do so. You won’t regret it.

    Thanks for reading :-)
  • Alicia Keys’ “Set the World on Fire Tour” concert review – June 24th, 2013

    25 Jun 2013, 20:51 by RnB_001

    Lun. 24 juin – Alicia Keys, Miguel

    Last night, Alicia Keys performed in Paris to promote her latest album, Girl on Fire, after giving many shows worldwide.

    The Parisian venue Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy (POPB) was full as lots of people had been waiting for this day to come. Most of the people who were there had tickets that weren’t numbered, so many seats were taken. Others decided to get closer to the stage, and they were standing. As for me, I had some trouble to find a seat, and I did find one, after looking for a couple of minutes (I was far enough from the stage but I did manage to see everything, though).

    Miguel, a famous R&B singer from Los Angeles, did the opening part. It lasted 50 minutes, and he sang songs from All I Want Is You (his debut album) and Kaleidoscope Dream (his latest album). Given that I had bought his albums a day earlier, I couldn’t bear in mind the song titles so I’m unable to give you more details on this part. However, his part was very successful, as the crowd applauded and was very happy to see him.

    Minutes later, 2 screens appear behind the stage with videos of the Big Apple, and we could hear the chorus of Jay-Z and Alicia’s song Empire State Of Mind for a few seconds. The curtain opened and we saw Alicia and her piano, both surrounded by her dancers. The show started with Karma (from her 2nd album, The Diary of Alicia Keys). We all cheered, applauded and sang when we heard the first notes. She then continued with the famous hit You Don’t Know My Name (from the same album), and we all kept singing. During the song, she confessed that she was nervous because she needed to make a call and she didn’t know what to say. A couple of minutes later, she pretended to make that call and talked to Michael, exactly like in the song. It made us really happy.

    She carried on with Tears Always Win and Listen to Your Heart (from her latest album, Girl on Fire). Before she sang the latter, she told us that some people don’t want us to change; they want us to remain the same. But we need to make those changes so we can find out who we really are.

    She kept the show going with Like You’ll Never See Me Again (from her 3rd album As I Am) and an extract of So Simple. She then took us back to her debut album when she sang A Woman’s Worth and continued with Diary while some lyrics were being written on the screen.

    The next couple of songs (Un-thinkable (I’m Ready) and Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart) were taken from The Elements Of Freedom, her 4th album. We continued to sing as the joy kept spreading around the venue.
    She took us back again to 2001 when she sang the track that made her famous: Fallin’. We all sang with her and you could tell that she was happy to be in Paris, with us.

    She went on with Limitedless, Unbreakable and Doesn’t Mean Anything, and we continued to shake our heads. She then sang Brand New Me and Not Even the King, both from her latest album, and she kept going with the famous If I Ain’t Got You. She carried on with No One and then, we saw pyramids which appeared on the screens. The 1st thought that came on my mind was Egypt, as it’s her son’s name, and she sang New Day.

    She finished the show with Girl on Fire and we were very surprised when we saw Jay-Z on the screens who rapped the 1st verse on the anthem Empire State Of Mind. Alicia sang the rest of the song, we sang with her, thanked us for spending that magical evening with her, and left.

    She’s one of my favorite singers. She makes great songs and it’s always a pleasure to see her live. Her songs always mean something and you can hear that she always puts her heart and soul into them. Her lyrics are relevant and we can relate to them.
    If you haven’t been to one of her concerts, I recommend you do so. You will not regret it and neither will your ears.

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  • Blue's concert review - June 11th, 2013

    13 Jun 2013, 18:43 by RnB_001

    Mar. 11 juin – Roulette Tour

    Last night, British boy Blue band played in Parisian venue La Maroquinerie, as they were touring Europe to promote their latest album, Roulette. After giving concerts in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Italy, they finally played in France, for their last show.

    Given that La Maroquinerie is a very small venue, it wasn’t easy for many people to take photos or videos, especially for the ones who weren’t close to the stage. But the advantage is that you can see the artist/band very well.

    The concert started at 8.30pm, and no sooner had Blue come on the stage than the fans screamed with joy. After all these years, we were finally able to see our favorite band live. It was magical. Simon, Antony, Lee and Duncan were astonished to see that the venue was completely full.

    They began with Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word (from the 2nd album One Love) and continued with a rock version of Breathe Easy, from their 3rd album Guilty.

    After that, they thanked us for coming and they spoke a few words of French. We were very happy to see that they had learned a few words. Antony and Duncan said "merci beaucoup" ("thank you very much"), Simon said "je m’appelle Simon" ("my name is Simon") and Lee said "escargot" in a happy way (which means “snail” in French) that made us laugh.

    They kept the show going with U Make Me Wanna, another hit from their 2nd album, and Lee asked us if we had the new album. When we raised our hands, they were impressed (the album isn’t released in France yet), and they sang Break My Heart, from their brand new album Roulette.

    Afterwards, Duncan introduced Ben (the guitarist) to us and said they were going to take us back to 2001, when they released All Rise, their debut album, which made us happy. On those words, they sang Best in Me, don’t treat me like a fool (from One Love), and Long Time. Then, Simon told us that the next song they’d perform was the best song they’d done lyrically, and they sang I Can.

    The show went on, and they continued with some classic Blue songs, All Rise, Too Close (where they invited a female backup singer), Fly By and a rock version of BUBBLIN’ (from Guilty).

    After that, Simon said that they’d come back to France to do another show, and to do so, they’d need us to spread the word and to buy the album, and they couldn’t do it without us. And they sang Without You (from Roulette), and they carried on with Guilty, If You Come Back and they added an extract from Justin Timberlake’s Mirrors. I didn’t know that and it was such a surprise, I loved it. They kept on with Hurt Lovers, a rock version of Curtain Falls and We’ve Got Tonight.

    Just before leaving the stage, they thanked us once again, they sang One Love and they finished with the Red One assisted-song Sing for Me. They left the stage at 10.15pm.

    I really loved this concert, I’ve been a fan of theirs since they released their 1st album and I haven’t stopped supporting them ever since. What I loved the most was the fact that they sang their songs entirely, and not just extracts, like most singers do. Plus, the ticket was really cheap, and for a show which lasted 1h15, it was really worth it. The drawback is that I couldn’t take many photos, but I hope I made you feel like you were there with me by reading this article :-)
  • Dwele’s concert review – April 24th, 2013

    26 Apr 2013, 20:48 by RnB_001

    Mer. 24 avr. – Dwele

    On Wednesday night, Detroit soul singer Dwele played in Paris to promote his latest album, Greater Than One.

    The opening part started at 21.05 with a singer called Stefan Filey. I had never heard of him before, but he was very successful. Nobody knew he was French until he introduced himself to us (the 1st songs he sang were in English). He said that he was an independent singer, and that he has already released an album. He also added that he was working on a big project, and with that being said, he sang a couple of songs in English (and a song in French). His part lasted 25 minutes, but everyone in the audience loved it.

    At 22.00, Dwele’s band, which was made of a guitarist, a drummer, a bassist, a keyboard player and a background singer, made their way onto the stage. Dwele entered seconds later, wearing a black suit, with a white shirt and a black tie. He was very smart.

    He opened the set with A.N.G.E.L. (from his debut album Subject) and continued with the classic I’m Cheatin’ (from the album Sketches Of A Man). Then, he continued with A Few Reasons (truth Part 2) and everyone started singing.

    After that, he introduced himself, said that he had released a new album called Greater Than One and sang Must Be, a track with his background singer J.T. (both are from Detroit), and the song represented the city very well.

    Afterwards, before singing Going Leaving (from his latest album Greater Than One), he explained the context to us. I can’t write what he said because it was very confusing, but what I did bear in mind was that he said was that a beautiful friendship was born with a girl he could have dated. However, he did manage to make the whole audience laugh.

    Just after the song, he told us that he was promoting his latest album in New York City, and he was in the conference room, with many women who were sitting at the table (which he loved). He started to play the album, and when he arrived at the Obey song, all the ladies closed their eyes. When the song ended, everyone was quiet, and a woman asked him if he had read the "50 Shades Of Grey" books. He replied that he hadn't and when the conference was over, he went to the local library, and read the back cover and he realized that he had made the audio version of the book. We were all laughing when he added that 2 weeks later, he was performing and was singing the song to a lady in the end of the audience. No sooner did he finish singing the song than he realized that the boy who was standing next to the girl was her boyfriend. And we kept on laughing.

    So he asked a couple in the audience if he could do the same thing and they agreed. He sang Obey to the lady and her boyfriend was Dwele’s hand. It was very funny, and we all laughed, although I couldn't see very well as I was far from them.
    He then continued with Swank and I Understand (from the album W.ants W.orld W.omen). And at the end of the track, we noticed that he was playing the trumpet. We were all surprised because I think nobody knew that. After that, he took us back to 2003, when he released his debut album and sang Find A Way and went back to 2010 with Dodgin’ Your Phone.

    He asked us if he could introduced his band, we replied he could, and asked them what their astrological signs were. He let them introduced themselves, as he had met them 10 days before (on the beginning of his European tour).
    Minutes later, he came back for an encore and sang Know Your Name, from the 2005 album Some Kinda and the band left the stage.

    This concert was another favorite of mine. I had so much fun! Not only can he sing and rock the crowd, but he can also make people laugh with the stories he was telling. I didn’t regret going there at all. If you haven’t seen him live, I recommend you do so because it’s a pleasure for your ears.

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