Harry Styles: Live on Tour The Forum, Night 1
I sit here and write this blog post with a heavy heart. Why you ask? Harry Styles: Live on Tour is over, which --in turn-- means that the HS1 (as it's been dubbed) era has ended. I know what you’re going to say -- Harry will be back, HS2 will be here before you know it (preferably with a better title than Harry Styles), and you’ll have more suits to document over on your Instagram. And duh, you’re right -- but it that doesn’t stop me from being sad.
Especially because this post is all about his show. As most of you know (maybe), I attended his show on Friday the 13th at the Forum here in Los Angeles. Well… the Forum is in Inglewood which is in Los Angeles county… but isn’t really Los Angeles. It’s complicated. Friday the 13th was his second to last show and I sort of wish I was able to be at his last show, but Saturday’s tickets were very expensive. I usually only purchase second hand tickets, and GA was running upwards of $1000 on Saturday night.
That being said, the show was rather enjoyable. I also saw him back in September 2017 at the Greek Theatre and actually really enjoyed the Forum show a lot more. Not that the show at the Greek was bad --it absolutely wasn’t-- there was just more substance to the Forum show; lights, projections, longer setlist, bigger crowd. Everything combined made the show a bit more fun.
I know you’re dying to hear all about it and so, here we go!
I’ve actually never been to the Forum before. I love live shows, but since I live in LA proper, I hardly ever venture out. Los Angeles is famous for traffic and --let me tell you-- it’s no joke. Even though Inglewood is only roughly twenty miles away, it took us nearly an hour to get to the venue… where parking was $25. That’s another thing about Los Angeles; parking is difficult to find and very expensive.
The Forum was once a basketball stadium (the Lakers played there until the 90s) and it still has that sort of live sport feel to it, although they’ve upgraded the acoustics a bit. I was worried that would take me out of the element of the show -- but it didn’t. The music sounded amazing and I never once felt as if I was in a venue that once held basketball games.
Also, the Forum is quite large -- nearly 18,000 seats and almost every single one was full. General admission and the floor seats (where I was) were all filled.
Like with every show, the Forum decorated the outside of the venue with Harry-centric things; they had lyrics from his songs on the walls, Treat People with Kindness on the sidewalk, and his name projected onto the edges of the roof of the building. It’s always cool to see things like that because it helps to get into the mood of the show and makes it feel very personalized.
Last year I purchased the black sweatshirt with HARRY embroidered on the front in pink stitching and TREAT PEOPLE WITH KINDNESS on the left elbow area of the sleeve. It ran me nearly $70 (concert merchandise is always so damn expensive) and I wear it quite often. What I missed out on was the t-shirt that was made for the specific show so when I got to the Forum, I knew that’s what I wanted.
They only had mediums left, but I bought one anyway with the intention of wearing it to bed and tying it in various ways whenever I wear it as part of an outfit. I also bought a white long-sleeve t-shirt with HARRY WORLD TOUR 2018 embroidered on it. These are not for sale online.
Together the two items were $95 with a portion of the proceeds going to Time’s Up.
Whenever I attend shows, sometimes I watch the opening act and sometimes I don’t. For Harry’s show back in September I did check out MUNA because I hadn’t heard of them before and was curious to hear their music. I was, however, familiar with Kacey Musgraves. Being a Southern girl myself, quite a few country tunes have passed my ears so I remember “Follow Your Arrow” from back in 2013. I can’t say that I kept up with Kacey too much after that smash hit, but I did hear “High Horse” on Saturday Night Live in May and I really liked the song.
She performed both songs as Harry’s opener, along with eight other songs, including the Gnarls Barkley song, “Crazy.” I’m not as familiar with the other songs that she performed (“Space Cowboy,” “Rainbow,” and “Velvet Elvis" to name a few), but the crowd really enjoyed performance and a great number of people knew her songs and sang along.
I know sometimes the opener has to fight for the attention of the crowd, but everyone at the Forum seemed to enjoy her set and interacted with her and I’m hoping she had a great time as his opener.
If you’re curious as to her entire setlist for the night, you can find it here.
In case you couldn’t tell by the other content on this blog and by the name itself -- I love Harry’s fashion and I spend a lot of my free time attempting to re-create his looks. I’m pretty successful if I do say so myself. While he was on tour (at least the second leg of the tour), I catalogged every single suit that he wore over my Instagram; partly for myself but also because I know a lot of his fans really love his unique sense of fashion.
For Night 1 at the Forum, he wore a Gucci (surprise, surprise) Resort 2019 suit and shirt. It was dark blue velvet (looks to be a bit green in certain lights) with oversized lapels and overstated flares. This was one of Harry’s better fitting suits and it may or may not make an appearance on next week’s blog post -- which will be my favorite suits from his North American stops on the 2018 portion of the tour.
NOW THE BIG ONE: THE SHOW
Like I’ve said, I’ve seen Harry before and his show at the Greek was rather short. As he likes to say, he only has ten songs, and at the Greek it was filled out a bit more with One Direction “covers” and a few other covers from other artists. His show at the Greek was rather short, maybe a little under two hours, if not right on the nose while the Forum show was about three hours long.
The crowd at the Forum was also very different from the crowd at the Greek and part of that --I think-- had to do with the entire vibe of the tour. The first tour had a sense of apprehensiveness to it being that it was his first time out (also LA was his second or third show the first time around) without the support of One Direction and the crowd was much more mellow. For his second leg, I think he was much more comfortable, which in turn made the crowd feel more comfortable and it showed in the vibe of the room.
That being said -- it was very, very loud. Like everyone was screaming. Like all the time. Throughout the entire show. From start to finish. That aspect of the show is a bit unnerving just because I’ve never experienced anything like that. I mean, the man smiled and the entire arena erupted into deafening screams. He has a nice smile (dimples, man…), but…
Despite the fact that he only has ten songs, his entire set was seventeen songs long. The first song was my favorite song from the album -- “Only Angel” and it was followed by my second favorite song on the album -- “Woman.”
Harry sang two previously unreleased songs this time around -- “Medicine” and “Anna.” I know everyone was all up in arms about “Medicine” and it’s really a good song but I was more excited to hear “Anna” live mostly because I feel as if it got overshadowed by “Medicine.” That being said, despite the song never having been released, nearly everyone knew the words to “Medicine” which is refreshing -- it’s nice to see fans seek out material an artist hasn’t released just because they enjoy his music.
Harry also added “If I Could Fly” to this setlist, which is a One Direction song that is on Made in the A.M., the album that One Direction didn’t tour. It’s paired with “Sweet Creature” over on the B Stage, which was where my friend sat and she spent most (if not all) of the two songs crying.
As you can imagine, “Sign of the Times” finished out the set before the encore to which Harry said -- “I’m going to go off stage and pretend like it’s over. It’s not, I’ll be right back.” The last four songs of the night were “From the Dining Table” (my least favorite song on the album), “The Chain” (a Fleetwood Mac cover), and “Kiwi.” Everyone loses their mind during “Kiwi” and he performed it three times on the last night of the tour.
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed Harry’s show and I’m looking forward to HS2. If you know anything about Harry, then you’ll know that he’s likely going to disappear until he puts out new music which is sad… but great… but sad.
*If you're interested in Harry's entire setlist, click here.
Next week I think I will be putting up my favorite suits from the North American leg of the tour, although I haven’t settled on a number quite yet. Afterward, we’re throwing it back to 2015 once again for an outfit post. If you’ve been missing those outfit posts, I have a couple of summer appropriate outfits inspired by Harry that you should check out!
Until next week!