A lot has happened since 2013, when singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes posted a six-second cover of Justin Bieber’s “As Long as You Love Me” on the video-sharing app Vine. Soon after that clip gained traction, Mendes signed with manager Andrew Gertler and Island Records; it was not long after that that the Toronto native became a household name. While most know Mendes for his radio hits such as “Stitches,” There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back,” and, most recently, “If I Can’t Have You,” they might not be aware of the incredible energy and raw vocals he brings to the stage during his live shows. Oakland was host to this spectacle when “Shawn Mendes: The Tour” paid a visit to the Oracle Arena on July 13th.
Singer-songwriter Alessia Cara, who is opening for the North American and European legs of Mendes’ third headlining world tour, kicked off the show around 7:30 with her breakout single “Here.” Cara showed the still-thin crowd a great time, giving them a chance to sing along to Disney hit and crowd-favorite “How Far I’ll Go” before belting out the powerful lyrics to “Scars to your Beautiful.” Before long, and in front of a now nearly-full audience, Cara closed her set with the catchy, impossible-not-to-dance-to “Stay.”
It seemed Mendes doesn’t like to keep his fans waiting; the opening bars of “Lost in Japan,” a seductive hit from his most recent album, rung out no more than ten minutes after Cara made her departure. As the screams of adoring fans filled the arena, Mendes emerged center stage, at first just a mere silhouette. Once he stepped into the spotlight, he paused for a second, seeming to take it all in. He ran a hand through his hair, took a deep breath, then proceeded to give the crowd absolutely everything he had for the next two hours.
Mendes brought an undeniable presence to the stage; his passion for and dedication to his craft was evident throughout the night. It was clear he wanted to give the crowd the best show possible. He sang his top hits from over the years as well as fan-favorite deep cuts, all while doing justice to the self-titled third album for which he is touring (he sang twelve of its fourteen songs). Mendes followed “Lost in Japan” with well-known tunes such as “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back,” “Stitches,” and recent Camila Cabello-collab “Señorita.” He then disappeared momentarily before re-appearing on his B-stage, a round mini-stage located in the middle of the crowd.
On B-stage, Mendes took to the piano to cover Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” before prompting fans to sing along with soulful ballad “Ruin” of his sophomore album. Mendes melted fans by kneeling down and reaching into the crowd before heading back to the main stage. There, he sang hit “Treat You Better” and a few songs from his most recent album before introducing “Youth,” a collaboration with artist Khalid. He asked the crowd to stomp and clap as he jammed on his guitar, faster and faster, as an intro to the song. The crowd looked exhausted by the time he broke into the opening lyrics, but he looked invigorated as ever. After “Youth,” he reminded fans of the song’s message and told them that each of them has the power to change the world.
Mendes bid the crowd farewell, but not before bringing the summer tune “If I Can’t Have You” as well his older hit “Mercy” to the stage. Fans didn’t move a muscle when he disappeared, however, and they were right to think he’d soon return for an encore. Mendes did not go out without a bang; “In My Blood,” a song he wrote about his battle with anxiety, brought with it a blanket of confetti for the crowd. Fans stood for a moment before filing out, an energy evidently missing from the room in Mendes’ absence. His absence was not long felt, however, as he returned to the arena less than 24 hours later for a second night at the Oracle.
Mendes has been bringing this experience around the world since March, when he played in Amsterdam, and is scheduled to continue doing so until the tour concludes in Mexico in December. The tour will feature Mendes’ first stadium headlining show and will grace nearly 100 cities. His self-titled album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, and his most recent singles “If I Can’t Have You” and “Seńorita” both peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Mendes has not limited himself to music; he’s been featured in both Armani and Calvin Klein campaigns and recently announced his partnership with Flow Hydration to promote a more sustainable alternative to traditional water bottles. We don’t know what’s next for Shawn, but it’s clear that there’s nothing holdin’ him back.
- Main Stage
- Lost in Japan
- There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back
- Señorita/I Know What You Did Last Summer/Mutual
- Bad Reputation
- Never Be Alone
- B Stage
- I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)
- Because I Had You/A Little Too Much/Patience/When You’re Ready
- Life of the Party
- Like to Be You
- Main Stage
- Treat You Better
- Particular Taste
- Where Were You in the Morning?
- Fallin’ All in You
- If I Can’t Have You
- Encore: Fix You & In My Blood
Remaining Tour Dates in the US:
- 07/19/19 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
- 07/20/19 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
- 07/22/19 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
- 07/23/19 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
- 07/25/19 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
- 07/27/19 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
- 07/28/19 – Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena
- 07/30/19 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
- 07/31/19 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena
- 08/02/19 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
- 08/03/19 – Louisville, KY – KFC YUM! Center
- 08/05/19 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
- 08/06/19 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
- 08/10/19 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
- 08/11/19 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
- 08/13/19 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
- 08/15/19 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
- 08/16/19 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
- 08/18/19 – Ottawa, ON – Canadian Tire Centre
- 08/20/19 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
- 08/21/19 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
- 08/23/19 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
- 08/24/19 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
- 08/27/19 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
- 08/28/19 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Centre
- 08/30/19 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
- 08/31/19 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
Keep Up With Shawn:
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shawnmendes/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/shawnmendes
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/qzMendShawqz
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShawnMendesOfficial
- Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7n2wHs1TKAczGzO7Dd2rGr
- Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/shawn-mendes/890403665?app=music&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
Haylee McDonnell | Writing Contributor
B.A | Communications Studies | UCLA
Haylee is an aspiring television writer and concert junkie. Originally from Bakersfield, California, she now lives in West Los Angeles and attends UCLA. Haylee can’t wait to graduate and take the city by storm. Her biggest passion in life is entertainment. She says she finds few things more beautiful than the cathartic release that a film can provide or the feeling of euphoria that comes with hearing an artist live for the first time. She ultimately hopes to write immersive stories for the screen that will allow people forget all their worldly woes (at least for an hour or two). Haylee has interned with Live Nation Entertainment and currently works in Program & Event Management at UCLA. She also works independently as a writer, on student short films, and as a media officer for the Music Industry Committee. In her spare time, if she has any, she loves going to concerts, volunteering, and checking out the best spots for ice cream in LA. Her current favorite show is Jane the Virgin and her favorite artist is Shawn Mendes. She is excited to contribute to GeekRockTV’s growth and to do one of the things she loves most- write! Instagram @hayleemcdonnell | View My Articles
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