Scottish singer kicks off world tour with a show that’s half music, half comedy

Lewis Capaldi performing at First Direct Arena, Leeds on January 14, 2023 (Shutterstock)

Lewis Capaldi tries not to get suffocated by confetti. Huge World On one of his songs on the first night of his tour, a confetti cannon blared, showering the audience at his arena in Leeds with tiny white pieces of paper. “Because I’m not ready,” he splashed out. It’s not the most dignified start, but Capaldi didn’t seem too concerned about it.

Capaldi is the golden boy of the British music industry. His blend of charisma, candor, and vocal range reminiscent of Adele has led to several Brit awards, Grammy nominations, and sold-out arena tours for him. He either shrugs his critics off his shoulders or otherwise runs back to them with a mean laugh. After Noel Gallagher described his music as “masturbating,” Capaldi donned a hoodie and his shirt with the Oasis star’s face in the heart and stepped onto Glastonbury’s Other Stage. Stepped in. It’s so hard to hate him.

There’s a decidedly ’90s boy band vibe tonight, and not just because of the bras dangling on stage (Capaldi tried them on for measurements). The stage itself has no props, but a giant screen ripples and bursts with color. Before the show, Autotune in his style of Bon Iver is played, in which he sings the title of his new album. The Scottish singer leans into schmaltz on singles such as his debut album opener “Forget Me,” using its propulsive drum beats and his own evocative scream. He wears white denim. His band is on a raised platform behind him in matching costumes. “We’re all virgins, so we wear white suits,” the 26-year-old told the crowd. , the gig is half music, half comedy.

Some of the songs on tonight’s setlist have never been played before.Capaldi is now preparing for release Destroyed by the desire to be sent from heaventhe follow-up to his record-breaking, tongue-twisting 2019 debut uninspired to a hellish extentThe new tracks make the most of his voice — gravel swirling in a glass of whiskey — except for the saccharine ballad “Pointless,” which has co-writer Ed Sheeran’s fingerprints all over it. brings her coffee in the morning,” says Capaldi, “She brings me inner peace/I take her to fine restaurants/She takes my sorrows away.” If you ask me, a Nescafe mug is the raw deal to make your partner a ‘better man’. ‘ admits.

“How I Feeling Now,” from her forthcoming album, tackles mental health issues with candid lyrics. On the mournful “Fade,” he combines references to his hometown of Glasgow with his ambitious ’80s soundscapes indebted to Don Henley. Oddly enough, a fight breaks out between the two fans.After “Lost On You,” a solitary piano-based song about seeing an ex-partner with someone else. Who?” Capaldi asks.

He then overcomes his dizziness from a platform suspended 20 feet above the ground (“I’m s***ing yourself”) and performs a dizzying falsetto on early single “Bruises.” His second burst of confetti arrives during the vocal gymnastics of 2018’s Top 10 hit “Your Grace,” but it’s his emotional breakthrough the following year that caps off the show. hit “Someone You Loved”. You’d think cracking jokes would thin over time. Capaldi’s fans want him to take his heartfelt songs more seriously. But his understated charm is half the fun. And no one does it better than him.

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