Two years have passed since we’ve seen Demi Lovato in concert. Since then she released her fifth studio album, Confident, and most recently she became the co-owner of CAST Centers, the rehabilitation center where she spent time in recovery.
This past summer Demi teamed up with longtime friend Nick Jonas for the Honda Civic Tour, ending their trek at The Forum in Inglewood, CA. As usual, the “Confident” artist delivered a fiery show that kept the audience on their feet. Jonas wrapped up his set, the lights went out and then Demi emerged on a high platform, looking fierce and fearless.
Since her show at the Staples Center in 2014, where she had a theme revolved around being a “warrior,” Demi has evolved into a mature performer. This time around she showed off her confident vocals while maintaining an empowering image. The first few songs exploded with colorful lights and soaring vocals, keeping the audience energized. Whether she was standing in place or strutting across the stage, hair blowing like a super model, she commanded everyone’s attention and all eyes were on her.
One sad note, though, coming from a hardcore Demi Lovato fan, is that her setlist for this tour did not include songs from her first two albums, which is understandable since most of her fans are probably more familiar with her newer material. The oldest songs were “Fix a Heart” and “Skyscraper” from Unbroken—“Fix a Heart” spotlighted in an acoustic medley of ballads and “Skyscraper” appropriately accompanied with a montage of birds flying free in the background.
Demi pulled some surprises from her sleeve by having Nick play piano and providing harmonies for “Stone Cold,” which segued into him performing a few more songs. He formally closed his set with “Chances,” “Jealous” and “Close,” which brought Demi back to the stage filling in for Tove Lo’s vocal parts. In addition to this, MTV Video Music Award winner for “Best New Artist,” DNCE, with frontman Joe Jonas, made a guest appearance playing their breakout hit “Cake by the Ocean,” a throwback treat for Jonas Brothers and/or Camp Rock fans, though it was no “This is Me” from the 2014 show.
Overall, Demi Lovato never disappoints. She’s a talented singer, performer and artist, who connects to her songs on one level then connects with her listeners on another, conveying the passion and emotion behind her words and inducing goosebumps. Even with a two-hour headlining set, her entire show goes by quickly—before you know it, “Cool for the Summer” hits and then the show is over.
Text and photos by Siri Svay
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