Shawn Mendes made 6,000 screaming girls silent not once, but twice during his headlining set at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday.
The vine star debuted two brand-new songs during his concert, which was also streaming on Mendes’ website, ShawnAccess.com, for fans worldwide throughout the night. After performing his hit “Stitches,” the 17-year-old pop star sat on a stool and told a story about his new song “Act Like You Love Me.”
“It gets a little dark,” he told the crowd of “aw-ing” fans. When he wrote the song, he said, he was sitting on a tour bus on a rainy day after a set, thinking about a story of a couple in love for many years. Then, he wondered what it would feel like if the man’s wife walked in and said “It’s over.”
Although Mendes clarified that nothing like that has happened to him (he’s not married just yet), he launched into the ballad as girls swayed along.
Unbeknownst to his die-hard fans, the singer teased the new tune on Twitter back in June.
Soon after singing “Act Like You Love Me,” Mendes surprised the crowd with another new song, “Memories.” This is the first song he has ever performed without playing his guitar.
He said the new song was all about the memories that one creates with the person they love and keeping them forever. The up-and-coming pop star had issues with the sound before singing, but made jokes with the crowd while he fixed the volume. (Check out fan-shot videos of “Act Like You Love Me” and “Memories.”)
It was a busy day for Mendes, as he came right to the venue from winning a Teen Choice Award for Choice Web Star. He also shared with the crowd that “Life of the Party” went platinum in the U.S. Mendes has had four Billboard Hot 100 debuts, and “Stitches” currently sits at No. 42 this week on the Hot 100 chart.
YouTube stars Jack & Jack were seen watching their friend’s show from the audience and attracted many shouts from the young girls around them during Mendes’ set.
“Act like you love me so i can go on”
— Shawn Mendes (@ShawnMendes) June 28, 2015