“I had the best time of my life playing the Forum. I will be back,” declared a triumphant Anderson .Paak during the last night of his Best Teef in the Game tour in Los Angeles (June 29). And he did come back -- for two rollicking encores -- before finally wrapping a show that kept fans on their feet for two straight hours.
An indefatigable .Paak didn’t want to leave the stage. Nor did the audience inside the sold-out Forum want him to leave. As if two encores weren’t enough, the singer-songwriter-musician threw in several guest surprises for good measure (more on that later) as he traversed a set list drawn from his beach-titled album series: Malibu, Oxnard, Venice and Ventura. He also proved without a doubt what a showman he’s become since opening Beyoncé’s Formation World Tour in 2016.
Sitting astride his trusty drums on a platform that elevated him from behind a partition on the stage floor, .Paak and his band the Free Nationals unleashed a searing take on “Heart Don’t Stand a Chance” to open the proceedings. From that point on, .Paak had the audience at his beck and call as he alternately played the drums and sang or confidently strode/danced his way across the wide stage floor while energetically singing/rapping on crowd-pleasers such as “Come Down,” “King James,” “Tints” featuring Kendrick Lamar, “6 Summers,” “Might Be,” “Make It Better” featuring Smokey Robinson, “Trippy,” “Suede” and “Come Home.”