Throughout September and the next couple of months, John Legend is performing in cities across Europe for his Darkness and Light tour. Several cities in the UK are also included such as: Manchester, Liverpool, and Cardiff. The ten-time Grammy Award-winning singer took to the stage at 9.00pm on Saturday 16 September at the Manchester Arena.
The excitement to the lead-up of seeing John Legend
I remember the day I purchased the tickets via Live Nation UK for the Manchester date. I was on my lunch break at work and I went running into the office to grab my purse once it said I was through to the transaction stage. That’s it – I had a big smile on my face because me and Danny were going to see John Legend. We were lucky enough already to have seen Ed Sheeran at the O2 in June.
Supporting act, Jack Savoretti opened the evening with a range of his songs. We hadn’t heard his songs before. We were pleased to see he had a good voice and wasn’t one those supporting arts that you aren’t too keen on. But of course, we were here for the main event – the one and only, John Legend.
Everyone began to scream and that’s the moment we all knew that John was there on stage. From the first song to the last, you could see the amount of passion John put into his songs. You could see the sweat dripping from his face and his shirt. This didn’t stop him though. He carried on delivering his incredible performance.
John Legend and his piano – simply amazing
Have you ever known anyone to stand on the piano as they perform? Well, I don’t think I did until John Legend. His voice is so soothing and he kept everyone in a mellow loving mood all evening. He even invited a woman onto the stage and slow danced with her. Chrissy Teigen is definitely a lucky woman.
Taking us back to 2004, we listened to John singing the throwback, Used to Love U. My favourite songs of the evening were You & I (Nobody in the World), Ordinary People, I Know Better, and All of Me. Seeing him live made we listen to the meaning of the lyrics to all of the songs even more so than listening to him through my earphones through my phone or laptop.
John is so inspired by love and his family, including his daughter, Luna who featured with Chrissy in the background montage. There were many couples that came along to see him at Manchester Arena. And I think it’s fair to say that we were all feeling the love. For those who weren’t with a significant other, he said you could just turn to me, and tell me (I love you).
It’s crazy to think that some stars are in the same city as you and you’re so much closer to them in real life than a screen you watch with their music videos. I can’t believe I nearly forgot to mention that we were upgraded. The upper tier didn’t sell out so we were much closer to the stage on the left hand-side. Overall, it was such an incredible night.
An amazing night
We were so lucky to be here on this night. Thank you, John Legend, for a wonderful evening. I can’t believe that I’m only one more singer away from seeing my dream list of most-wanted-to-see singers in the world.