Sam Smith Headlines Staples Center for Two Nights

For two nights English singer-songwriter, Sam Smith performed at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The first time Smith performed in Los Angeles was in 2013 at the intimate 400 person capacity venue Troubadour. Fast forward five years later and he’s now performing at a 21,000 capacity arena.

Even Smith expressed his gratitude at playing in such a huge venue, "It was four years ago that we had the Grammy awards here, and after being in this room for that night, it was always a dream of mine to play here. So I just want to thank you all so much."

So what makes Sam Smith's latest tour so special and worth seeing?

First of all, Smith has the skill. There are a few performers who sound magnificent live, and in my opinion, Sam Smith is one of them. Smith first rose to fame when he was featured on Disclosure's breakthrough single "Latch" and since then his career has catapulted. His tenor vocals are a force to be reckoned with. He’s able to belt out gospel songs of love and regret with genuine emotions and tenderness.

At one point during the show he even joked about being worried that he only writes depressing music, but that's the reason why people love him. His music is a guilty pleasure, gut-wrenching and enjoyable.

Although Smith was performing in an area with thousands of people, the show still felt intimate. The singer had a simple set up, just his band and 4 backup singers. The show was filled with dramatic sounds and the stage/lighting would move with the beat of the music.

Smith opened up the night with "Burning" and ended with his current single “Pray.” The singers set list was filled with a lot of his chart-topping hits including "Stay With Me" and "I'm Not the Only One."

Smith recently released a song with Calvin Harris called "Promises" and had the whole venue happily grooving along when he performed it live.

One look at Smith and you’ll realize he’s a bonafide superstar. He’s confident in his own skin, even exclaiming “I’m a proud gay man” at one point of the show.

For tour dates and more, visit samsmithworld.com/live.

Setlist:
1. Burning
2. One Last Song
3. I'm Not the Only One
4. Lay Me Down
5. I Sing Because I'm Happy (The Georgia Mass Choir cover)
6. Omen (Disclosure cover)
7. Nirvana
8. I've Told You Now
9. Writing's on the Wall
10. Latch (Disclosure cover)
11. Money on My Mind
12. Like I Can
13. Restart
14. Baby, You Make Me Crazy
15. Say It First
16. Midnight Train
17. HIM
18. Promises (Calvin Harris cover)
19. Too Good at Goodbyes

Encore:
20. Palace
21. Stay With Me
22. Pray

Photos by Alex Kluft