Top 10 Concerts of 2018 - #8
Sam Smith – Nationwide Arena – June 23rd 2018 – Columbus Ohio
Sorry I was sick yesterday, so we missed a day! Coming in at #8 on the list is a man who I think is right up there with Adele for the most powerful voice in music and that is Sam Smith. I had the chance to check out his tour earlier this year in Columbus (unfortunately he decided to skip Indy) and the show was great.
Starting out emerging from the stage in a chair, basically replicating his album cover for “In the Lonely Hour”, Smith did a nice job of balancing songs off that album, and his sophomore release “The Thrill of It All.” Starting with “Burning” the soulful singer cruised through 22 songs in the roughly two-hour set.
Also, the thing I loved about this show was the stage design. It was a big elongated triangle, basically putting Smith in the middle of the crowd for the entire performance. His whole band and backup singers were out there too and it very much felt like a collaborative effort instead of focusing the whole show on himself, which I appreciated.
Production wise, a Sam Smith show is fairly basic. Some lights, video screens, and maybe some smoke here and there, but the dude doesn’t need it. His voice is incredible. He could stand up there with nothing and I’d be enthralled. He sounds just like he does on his records, and proved to me that live, he is a fantastic performer. This specifically showed on “The Writings on the Wall” his theme he recorded for the James Bond film Spectre. It’s such a big orchestral song, and with Smith’s voice, it felt epic. Also I’ve never met him, but he seems like one of the nicest people just from his stage presence and the way he appreciated his fans that night in Columbus.
If you ever get the chance to check out the Sam Smith, definitely do. His voice is unmatched by just about everyone in pop music today. Check the blog tomorrow for my #7 concert in the Top 10 Concerts of 2018 list!