John Legend Live in Hong Kong,
Saturday January 20th at the Asia World Expo Arena.

With 2 successful albums behind him, 3 time Grammy-winning RnB and soul performer John Legend arrived in Hong Kong with over 1000 fans waiting in anxiety at the Asia World Expo Arena. 

The concert was initiated by a soulful and warm performance by one of his female back-up singers.  After much anticipation, a white spotlight shining over a dark stage illuminated the figure of John Legend, as he graced the crowd with his famous pose in front of the piano.  From this point on, it almost seemed like he had hypnotized the entire audience with the charm, elegance and soul pouring through his voice.  The crowd’s reactions were most enthusiastic when we heard songs from his first album, Get Lifted.  For the simple reason that his crossover sound between Hip Hop and Soul (clearly done with the help and support of Kanye West), he was able to appeal more than just the aged-over 30 audience. 

John Legend is not a new or fresh sound to me, or to other people.  But to hear him live is a somewhat of a rejuvenating experience.  More than his physical and vocal presence, I feel his lyrical talent has to be respected too.  As unaware as a Hong Kong audience often is, Mr Legend took most people on a spiritual journey,  that involved a lot of loving, and a lot of cheating.  But change comes too, and everything is meant to slowly work out ‘Once Again’.  Above all, he kept it smooth.  It was surely done in Legend’s style. 

Review by Arun R


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