By: Nevra Azerkan
Rating: [The Breakdown]
Olly Murs has been on my wish list of concerts to see for awhile now. He’s been going back and forth from the UK to the US for promotional work, but hasn’t had any official gigs until now.
So when his show at the House of Blues in LA was announced I was beyond excited. I had no idea what to expect especially when it came to the opening act. I found out online that Chris Wallace was the opener and decided to check out a few of his tracks beforehand. He’s your general full-blown energetic pop vocal act and that’s exactly how he represented himself at the show. He came out with his song, “Keep Me Crazy” and got the crowd riled up in seconds. He sang a cover of Taylor Swift’s, “I Knew You Were Trouble” and a few more of his own original songs before ending with his most popular track, “Remember When”. I found his vocals to be pitchy in a few instances undoubtedly due to all that jumping around on stage, but alas he does have something going for him. “Remember When” is quite the tune and I wouldn’t be surprised if we heard more from him.
Chris may have had the insane energy, but it was Olly who not only brought the spirit, but such a magnetic personality to the stage. He had everyone’s complete attention before he finished the first line of the opening song. Talk about star power. He was wearing his trademark fedora hat and a huge grin that many in the audience have grown to love having watched him on the sixth season of the UK edition of X-Factor. Anyone unfamiliar with Olly who saw this gig would be astonished to know that he was the runner-up because if there’s one thing you see it’s that Olly has the X-Factor.
Looking out in the crowd everyone was having a blast and Olly was right there with them. A lot of times you go to a show where you don’t know some of the songs and you’re just waiting impatiently for one you recognize. Not with Olly Murs. Every song whether you know the lyrics or not is a song that you can get into and enjoy.
He sang songs from all three of his albums including (in no particular order): “Busy”, “Please Don’t Let Me Go”, “Thinking of Me”, “Heart on My Sleeve”, “Oh My Goodness”, “Dance With Me Tonight”, “I’ve Tried Everything”, “I Need You Know”, “Dear Darlin’”, “What a Buzz”, a Stevie Wonder medley including: “Superstition”, “Sir Duke”, and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” and ended with his last two hits, “Troublemaker” and “Heart Skips A Beat”.
I’m almost certain that everyone that went home that night left a fan. Everything about Olly Murs had my heart skipping a beat and I’m anxious for him to come back and make that happen again.