By: Nevra Azerkan
Most people who know Tony Lucca either know him from being on Disney’s The Mickey Mouse Club with Britney, Christina and Justin or for taking third place on Season 2 of The Voice U.S on Team Adam. Then there’s the few who know him from both, like myself.
I have to admit after The Voice, I really wanted to see this guy sing live. He had a lot of personality on the show and he sang some pretty good covers. Still, I needed to experience it firsthand before I could decide if I was a full-on fan or not. Fellow The Voice contestant, Justin Hopkins opened for him along with London Shover and Jenni Alpert. I barely caught the end of Justin’s set and soon Tony was onstage.
He started things off with a bang with his cover of The Heavy’s “How Ya Like Me Now?” It was just as good as I remember it being when I watched him perform it on the show. He continued with quite a few original songs before jumping into more covers like Britney’s “Baby One More Time” mixed with Madonna’s “Like A Prayer” and The Beatles classic, “Yesterday”.
Then there were the more personal, original songs that he sang. “What I Ever Done To You?” is a track that was inspired from his stay on The Voice. He wrote it for Christina Aguilera surrounding their controversy throughout Season 2. I think we all remember her snappy comments week after week regarding his performances. Listening to the lyrics, it’s not that difficult to tell where he stands on the situation. That’s also not the only song he sung about someone famous. “True Story”, he told the crowd, has to do with his former love and MMC co-star, Keri Russell. Singing about people who have wronged him and failed relationships, Uh-oh, does that mean we found our male-version of Taylor Swift? I kid, I kid.
He performed his version of Antoine Dodson’s “Bed Intruder” which livened up the already hyped crowd. I recommend checking out his take on this because you don’t immediately realize what he’s covering—it’s that good. His show ended like it started, very enthusiastically with his cover of “99 Problems”.
He had a remarkably long set, going over the original end time (not that anyone was complaining) and he managed to keep the crowd with him all the way through. He talked to the audience in between songs and it felt like we were all just hanging out together and he decided to play us some music. It’s one of the most real and intimate shows I’ve been to.
His set list included: “How Ya Like Me Now?” (The Heavy cover), “Time & Time Again”, “Like Love”, “What I Ever Done To You?”, “Anchored”, “Close Enough”, “Need Your Love”, “Baby One More Time”/”Like A Prayer” (Britney Spears and Madonna mashup), “Death of Me”, “True Story”, “Yesterday” (Beatles cover), “Fight Song” (Joe Firstman cover), “Trouble” (Ray LaMontagne cover), “Devil Town” (Daniel Johnston cover), “Bed Intruder” (Antoine Dodson cover), “Pretty Things”, “Foxy Jane” mashup with “Superstition” (Stevie Wonder cover) and “99 Problems” (Jay-Z cover stylized by Hugo).
I have to say, that even though I thought Tony did well on The Voice, it does not compare to his live show. One thing is for sure, anyone who goes to a Tony Lucca show can tell you he is anything, but “one-dimensional”.