At last, Harry Styles’ much-awaited sophomore album Fine Line arrived on Friday (Dec. 13), and what better way to celebrate than to play the album in full for 17,500 of his biggest fans?
Styles took the stage at the Los Angeles Forum, where he played Fine Line in the track list’s order for the sold-out crowd. Decked in his David Bowie-esque pink-and-white ensemble from the album’s cover art, the crooner was met by venue-shaking screams. Despite the album being available for less than 24 hours, the crowd (unsurprisingly) sang all the lyrics as though they’ve known them for years.
The live show was equally as emotional as the album itself (which Styles recently told Rolling Stone is “all about having sex and feeling sad”), from the melancholy sea of phone lights accompanying the crestfallen “Falling” to the collective “awww” in response to the devastating lyric in “Cherry,” in which Styles asks, “Does he take you walking ’round his parents’ gallery?”
On the other hand, the concert was also an elated celebration of a singer who has confidently figured out his sound and who he is. With that being said, kindness has long been Styles’ motto, often encouraging his fans to love and accept one another. The notion was no different at the Forum, where the crooner assured attendees that they “can be whoever they want to be tonight.” And the theme reached its peak and visual representation at the penultimate song, “Treat People With Kindness,” during which Harry jumped and frolicked around the stage, smiling and interacting with the crowd who lovingly shouted the title back to him while hugging each other.
The highlight of the night came during the encore, when Styles returned to the stage to sing the tune that kicked off his solo career, 2017’s “Sign of the Times.” Two years after its release, the touching performance truly showed how much Styles has grown from a singer nervous to be seen separate from One Direction for the first time to, simply put, a full-blown rock star.
But that’s not all. The encore included four more songs, including 1D’s “What Makes You Beautiful,” Paul McCartney’s Christmas classic “Wonderful Christmastime” and his classic barn burning show ender, “Kiwi.”
Oh, and he casually brought out Stevie Nicks, whom he described as a “light’ for his career. The duo performed Fleetwood Mac‘s timeless “Landslide,” as they sweetly held hands and danced together. “I know, cool isn’t it?” Styles giddily admitted to the cheering crowd.
Stevie Nicks and Harry Styles singing Landslide —-??—- pic.twitter.com/XKyFUnmoJj
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The crooner ended his Fine Line celebration with a simple expression of gratitude: “The album is yours, I am yours. I couldn’t ask for a more incredible group of people to play my music for.”