Last September, Harry Styles kicked off his first-ever solo tour at the Masonic in San Francisco.
Ten months later, the British heartthrob returned to the Bay Area to perform at a much larger — the SAP Center in San Jose — on July 11.
The difference between those two outings was pretty remarkable.
While Styles came across as a bit timid, unsure and definitely lacking in stage presence charisma during the 2017 date, he was confident, poised and bursting with energy at the Shark Tank.
The biggest surprise this time around? He was able to compensate for his still-rather thin songbook, which draws mainly from his one solo set, last year’s eponymous 10-song debut. He definitely wasn’t able to do that last time around and it basically sunk the show.
Overall,Styles — who came to international fame as a member of One Direction at the start of this decade — looked lost onstage during that 2017 show. Now, it’s like Styles has found — dare we say it? — direction.
The concert was an appealing doubleheader, given that acclaimed singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves was the opening act. The East Texas native did a fine job warming up the full house of die-hard Styles fans with a 35-minute set that consisted mainly of tunes from her well-received new album, “Golden Hour.” Having come to fame as an Americana/roots/country music troubadour, Musgraves is now championing a more mainstream/pop direction that is far more John Travolta than John Prine.
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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment