Jessie J 14.06.2018, 20:00 Uhr
Location: Stadtpark Freilichtbühne, Hamburg
Price: 43,75 Euro
Hotel: Leonardo Hotel
Favourite song of the artist: Personal, 4 letter word
Least favourite song of the artist: Bang Bang, Laserlight
Favourite song live: Nobody’s perfect /Do it like a dude
Favourite quote of the night: “Ew, now I get cigarette smoke up on the stage.”
Freilichtbühne Stadtpark Hamburg. What an incredibly beautiful location! Located in a park, with hedges and archways of hedges surrounding the venue. It’s open-air so rain capes are a good idea.
Support act was German singer Eli. I didn’t know him before, even though he seems to have written some song that was used in a huge advertisement campaign. Since I don’t watch TV that much I must have missed it. He was good. He played some original songs and some covers. Nice guy. During his whole set it was pouring. During the whole concert it was raining on and off, but once Jessie J entered the stage it was like the weather god showed the fans some mercy and stopped the downpour.
Jessie J came on after they had cleaned the stage several times and wiped the water off the floor. She opened the show with ‘Who you are’, which is really fitting, looking at the bigger picture and what she goes/went through. Next came ‘Do it like a dude’, a song that never fails to make me laugh. The fourth song of the night was ‘Play’ which was also one of the few new songs she played. I had hoped for more songs from her new album, but overall she basically played the same set as in Cologne, plus/minus maybe two or three songs.
Play is one of the numbers I really really love on the album R.O.S.E because it’s just a fun song, that sounds a bit old school and I really like that.
Next came Nobody’s perfect. I am not sure if I went into much detail about this song in my review about Cologne. I might repeat myself, but I am okay with it. This song live is unbelievable. No video anyone could upload on youtube could do it justice how amazing it sounds live. She starts this song very quietly, slowly, almost acapella. Then however it speeds up and the two incredible backing vocalists join. It reaches its climax after the bridge when after solos for each backing singer (Dottie and Danetra if I remember correctly) the three voices come together. Goosebumps! (Video can be found here)
Jessie J mentioned again that ‘Not my Ex’ is not about one guy, but about several (a girl’s gotta live) and the song was followed by another new one called ‘Easy on me’. At the end of the song they played the same audio recording which is on the album. Hearing her late grandfather’s voice while she stood on stage and fought for composure… I am not sure why exactly she is putting herself through it show after show. It nearly made me cry.
Back to the old songs after that with Flashlight (Did she really say ‘Thank you for wasting your batteries on this song’?!) and surprisingly ‘Stand up’ and ‘thunder’. I don’t really like Thunder on the album and I can’t say that I like it live, even though she played both songs acoustic and that alone helped a lot.
Next she started a long speech about why she did the show ‘Singer’ (while I think that it was a good thing she did it, I don’t really agree with some of the other things she said about why she did it; then again it’s not my place to criticise. Let’s just say I wouldn’t be surprised if she got slammed in the press for sounding conceited because of some of the things she said; that is if she repeats them. She has a certain talent for sticking her foot in her mouth, hasn’t she?). She explained how she had won the show and how her last song was “I will always love you”. Next came a whole speech about Whitney Houston (if you want to hear it check out my instagram) and then she sang “I will aways love you”. I think we can all agree that she can and should sing this song: she earned it. However after the big ‘bang’ in the song and during the chorus I noticed that she ‘messed it up’, which with her technique and voice worried me. She bent over, then finished it somehow. After the song she admitted that she got dizzy and nearly fainted.(See the video here)
This made me question if she should start touring again. Once the promo for her new album will really start… I am not sure if I want to wish her the success she deserves, or a big long break with nothing but relaxation. The incident made me wonder for how long she will realistically by able to keep going like this. Those who follow her instagram know that she suffers from 2 very serious conditions. I wish her all the best and hope that she has people around her who look out for her. The song ‘Easy on me’ makes me doubt however that there really is someone telling her to just stop at times, because it seems (in the song) that she needs to do that for herself – something she seems not too good at. (You can find the video here.)
Next came Queen (love the lyrics, don’t like the melody) and the classics Masterpiece, Mama knows best, Domino and Price tag.
There was no encore because she was only allowed to play until 10pm, which kind of sucked.
She is just really funny on stage when she talks in between the songs. It’s hard to write it down, so go and see her live in concert!
So many. This woman is just such a talented enigma and I am torn between wanting to discuss some of the things she said with her, so we could talk it out and wanting to write a love letter to her voice and the artist that she is. Since both won’t happen, I’ll leave it at that.
Do it again?
This is where I get emotional. For years and years now there is one concert location I always wanted to attend a concert at: The Royal Albert Hall. Every time I am in London I check in advance who is playing there and if I can get tickets. So far I wasn’t lucky. However, and I can’t believe I am writing this, I managed to get tickets to see Jessie J at the Royal Albert Hall in November. Words can’t express how much I am looking forward to it. Royal Alber Hall AND Jessie J… WOW