Usher Performs With Afghan Whigs, Sends Love to Lil Wayne at SXSW
The R&B singer also sent "a lot of positive energy out there" to ailing Lil Wayne during his Fader Fort appearance
There's a first time for everything. For Usher, his first time performing at SXSW was Friday (March 15). Rumors of his appearance have been circling from the 'net and throughout the Fader Fort tents since Thursday; still many wondered why or whose set would Usher transition into since the night's headliner was the Afghan Whigs.
Not only did Usher join the alt-rock heroes behind 1993's "Gentlemen," but his entrance was seamless.
The Whigs closed their solo 30-minute set with a rendition of Usher's "Climax." As they got to the second verse of the Diplo-produced song, the R&B singer walked out with mic in hand. Usher's high-notes reassured fans it was indeed him, and there was a noticeable surge of fans who began working their way closer to the stage.
"It's f-cking Usher, man!" a male fan screamed, while running towards the stage with his phone camera ready.
"Surprise, surprise!" he said, as everyone clapped. With Greg Dulli and co., the singer went on to perform the bands' "Somethin' Hot" and then charmed concert-goers with his own discography ("OMG").
The singer unexpectedly took a moment during his set to send his well wishes to Lil Wayne, who was "recovering" from a seizure. "Lil Wayne is going through a real hard time right now, ya'll. I want to send a lot of positive energy out there right now," he said.
The Afghan Whigs indeed breathed new life to Usher's stage show, giving his songs a harder edge; still it was hard to beat the acapella encore that came from the singer. Usher performed "Bad Girl," "You Got It Bad," and "Lovers and Friends," this time with fans singing along, loudly, with no shame whatsover.