Harry Styles says he experienced the happiest and saddest moments of his life while recording his latest album, “Fine Line”. He also says that the album is about “having sex”.
The heartthrob pop star brought all her joy, sadness, and of course sex appeal to her November 7 Love On Tour show at the Tacoma Dome while she sang through a psychedelic pop-rock set, with songs about themes of love and inclusion. Promoted. And gave their fans the attention they’ve been craving.
The crowd, which seemed to be about 90% girls and women in their teens and 20s, jumped out of their seats and shouted in unison when Styles rocked 360-degrees in mint-green trousers and a shimmering lavender button-down. Skipped the stage. . The stand shook hysterically as he played the first song for “Golden” on his blond semi-hollow body guitar, dreaming of “Golden”.
Fans — many of whom wore feather boas in honor of the fashionista’s famous Grammy outfits — have been waiting a long time to see Styles. They announced Love on Tour in November 2019, a month before “Fine Line” came out. But the tour, originally scheduled to begin in spring 2020, was postponed twice because of the pandemic, while “Fine Line” topped the charts and “Watermelan Sugar” won Styles the Grammy for Best Pop Single Performance. Styles realized how much he had missed.
Talking about the 360-degree stage, Styles said, “Sometimes, I’m looking at you, which means you’ll be looking at my face.” “Sometimes, I’ll turn away from you, which means you’ll look at my ass.”
He promised that he would show equal parts of the two to the screaming crowd, and he addressed different areas of the arena on each song, facing different directions and directly.
Playing the hit “Adore You”, Styles directed the crowd to sing: “Just let me love you.” He replied in a cheeky manner, saying “Ok”.
But the flirtation didn’t come across as self-indulgent, feeling like a method for making the crowd feel comfortable and involved, and allowing oneself to share in the emotions the styles channeled into the “fine line.” He told the crowd after the opening song to “be whoever you want to be tonight”. And the star, famous for promoting inclusivity, later ran around the stage holding a rainbow LGBTQ+ pride flag and a Black Lives Matter flag over her head.
Styles re-opened all the old wounds of a past failed relationship with “Falling,” singing long hours on the edge of the catwalk with stage lights, backed only by steady, pulsing piano chords from Private Adélie. The song left at least some members of the crowd with blurry eyes. But Adélie took out a cowbell at the end of the song and danced with Styles back on stage and chanted “Sunflowers, Vol. 6.”
On this song, Styles jammed his band with improv from guitarists Mitch Rowland and Adélie. Drummer Sarah Jones dazzled during a super-funky version of “Watermelan Sugar” with a laid-back groove punctuated by Rowland’s guitar licks. During these moments of chemistry between the bands, the show felt more like a 1970s rock festival than an international pop star’s 21st Century Arena show. The psychedelic vibes on these songs were amplified by the marble swirls on the screen around Styles’ face. He says “Fine Line” was inspired by such popular artists as Joni Mitchell and Paul McCartney in the 1970s, and spent afternoons lying in the grass and tripping over psychedelic mushrooms.
When Styles belted through a rock ‘n’ roll version of “What Makes You Beautiful” from his One Direction days, and when he ended the show with a super rocked-out “Kiwi,” the crowd jumped with joy. It fell From Styles’ debut solo album.
But the most memorable parts of the show were its more gentle moments, like when Styles sang “Tell People You Love Them” before the crowd sang “The Fine Line” and the couple and friends, pitted against each other, spoke. Fallen. For your falsetto and acoustic guitar.
It felt like the crowd arrived at the Styles-influenced show — and fell in love with each other.