Review: Sam Smith Live at the Apollo + “Nirvana” Live

Posted by The G on June 18, 2014 under Encounters with G, G Reviews, G Videos | Be the First to Comment

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Sam Smith

Sam Smith

I am so proud of Sam Smith!  In August of 2013, he was playing to 250 people at Mercury Lounge and less than one year later, he headlined the legendary Apollo Theater!  The very sold out show took place in Harlem on June 17, 2014.  The blue-eyed soul singer is 21 years old and in this important year of his life, he’s traveled around the world and back, had a few club hits by lending his voice to songs by dance duo Disclosure, was outed by the media after he matter-of-factly mentioned that the songs on his album were about a guy that didn’t love him back (how come the media doesn’t make straight people do this?), and of course on June 17, 2014 his debut album “In The Lonely Hour,” was released officially in the USA and will be battling with Lana Del Rey for the #1 spot this week.

During the show, Sam Smith thanked the crowd multiple times and mentioned how mind blowing it was to share the same stage that so many of his heroes (including Luther Vandross and Michael Jackson) have performed on.  He told the stories of the songs before they were played with his tight band (that featured 3 backing singers and a string section), and he played nearly every track from “In The Lonely Hour” whilst also throwing in “La La La,” a stripped down version of “Latch,” “Nirvana” from the EP with the same name (and below, you can see a video of it) and for the final song of the night “Stay With Me,” Sam Smith brought out Mary J. Blige to perform the song as a duet, which of course was the perfect cherry on top to a fantastic evening.  Apparently the show was being recorded, so let’s hope for a DVD or live album because the show was EXCELLENT!

Mary J Blige and Sam Smith

Mary J Blige and Sam Smith

I wish Sam Smith tremendous success and I have no doubt that he will be a name you won’t be forgetting.  And now… let Sam Smith take you to Nirvana!

The setlist was:

Intro / Nirvana / Together / Leave Your Lover / I’m Not the Only One / I Told You Now / Like I Can / Restart / Good Thing – Berlin / La La La / Lay Me Down / Money On My Mind


Latch / Make it To Me / Stay With Me (with Mary J. Blige).

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A Misuse of Punctuation

Posted by The G on July 13, 2011 under Street Art | Be the First to Comment

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Click!!! to. Enlarge!!

Shit like this cracks me up! This!! is from the Apollo Theater in New York.

An Encounter with Paul Weller

Posted by The G on November 6, 2010 under Encounters with G | Read the First Comment

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Paul Weller and G!

OMG!  I just met the Modfather!  Prior to Paul Weller’s sold out show at the legendary Apollo Theater in New York, I met the legendary man who was once in the Jam and Style Council!  He was really nice as you can see from the above photo and he looks great!  I am very sad to be missing his show, but I am off to see Roger Waters from Pink Floyd perform “The Wall” in its entirety tonight.  What’s a guy to do?!  Thanks again Paul for the great music and for being so cool!

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