John Legend, 09.10.2017
Location: Jahrhunderthalle, Frankfurt
Favourite song of the artist: All of me
Favourite lyrics: “The biggest weapon is to stay peaceful.We sing, our music is the cuts that we bleed through.Somewhere in the dream we had an epiphany, now we right the wrongs in history. No one can win the war individually it takes the wisdom of the elders and young people’s energy. Welcome to the story we call victory, the comin’ of the Lord, my eyes have seen the glory.”
Favourite song live: Glory
Why this artist?
When I bought the tickets I only knew two songs by John Legend, but I loved his voice. Also, I had seen videos of live concerts and I loved it.
The Jahrhunderthalle in Frankfurt is a brilliant location for a concert for several reasons: First of all, it is not as large as a stadium or even the Festhalle in Frankfurt. Only 4.800 people maximum go in there, but I think most of the time it’s less. The stage is wide and if you have standing tickets, the standing area is wide and flat, meaning you’re never more than a couple of meters away from the stage. If you are sitting the view is just as good.
Also there are enough facilities and food stands in there so you never have to wait for long. And you can buy actual food (like more than pretzels) and it’s reasonably priced.
Another reason why I like the Jahrhunderthalle is because there is a large parking space adjoined. The fact that the location is in an industrial area means that there isn’t much traffic in general, but also close to the autobahn. I am not sure how good the public transport connection is, though.
John Legend came on stage after support act Jack Savoretti, who was good. He had not only his own piano on stage, but came with a large band, including a horn section and several backing singers. I loved it! It took four songs however before I knew the first one, which was ‘Love me now’. I was surprised then by how many of the other songs actually knew, but didn’t know I knew. He also included covers by Curtis Mayfield, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes (my dad was really excited about it when I showed him video) and the Beach Boys.
In between he talked about his wive and his daughter and even showed videos of them on the video screen to go along with his songs.
The encore consisted of the songs, I think, everyone was waiting for: Glory, which impressed me the most, because it’s just an amazing song both lyrically and musically, and ‘All of me’, which everyone could sing along to. Glory was exceptionally moving because of the video that went along with, which showed the movement of Martin Luther King. The pictures gave me the chills. Especially with all the racial injustice everywhere and the mounting racism and right wing movements all over the world. It always gives me hope when I say people publicly speaking out against it. At the same time it’s scare how little progress has been made since Martin Luther King.
John Legend is a great singer and musician and it was a really good concert all around. I wouldn’t change anything. Well, maybe for him, the temperature on stage.
There was a point in the concert when John Legend was sweating so much, he was dripping all over the stage and his shirt was drenched. He then went and got changed, but soaked through the second shirt quickly again. He then invited a fan up on stage and while she was thrilled and very happy, I can’t say I was jealous, because he was drenched in sweat once again. I think in some of the pictures yo can see it. Poor guy.
Do it again?
Yes, it was a lovely concert of a great singer with amazing songs. So I’d absolutely go and see him again. My dad already proclaimed he wants to come the next time, because he reminds him of the old Soul legends.