Photos by G.
I have wanted to see Sade in concert for a really long time. She hasn’t toured in a decade but let me tell you, it was worth the wait! Performing at New Jersey’s Prudential Center on June 25, 2011, Sade was electric for the duration of her two hour set. She took the stage around 9:40 and opened with “Solder of Love,” the title track off her latest album. She received thunderous applause after the first song and Sade thanked the crowd for being so patient with her and for all our support over the years. She dedicated the next song, “Your Love Is King” to us. She had a great stage show with LED screens that lit up and sometimes she performed behind a sheer curtain that had visuals projected onto it. She performed old songs and new and pretty much played every song you would expect to hear except for “Hang on to Your Love” and “Never As Good as the First Time.”
A highlight of the show for me was when she sang “Pearls.” She appeared alone on stage, lit only by a spotlight as she sang that extremely beautiful and sad song. Also, “No Ordinary Love,” “By Your Side,” and “The Sweetest Taboo,” were also top notch. Sade hit all the notes and looked as gorgeous as ever. There were 4 outfit changes during the show and lots of applause. It was wonderful hearing an entire arena sing the lyrics of “Smooth Operator” and “Kiss of Life” as well. I hope it’s not another 10 years before Sade comes around again and if she’s coming to your city on this tour, I recommend you see Sade perform. She is amazing.
See the set list and another photo after the jump.
The set list for Sade at Prudential Center in New Jersey on June 25, 2011 was:
Soldier of Love / Your Love Is King / Skin / Kiss of Life / Love is Found / In Another Time / Smooth Operator / Jezebel / Bring me Home / Is It A Crime / Love Is Stronger Than Pride / All About Our Love / Paradise / Nothing Can Come Between Us / Morning Bird / King of Sorrow / The Sweetest Taboo / The Moon and the Sky / Pearls / No Ordinary Love / By Your Side.
Encore: Cherish The Day.