Shawn Mendes brought his Shawn Mendes: The Tour to Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center on the night of Wednesday, August 28th.
Mendes also brought fellow Canadian and friend Alessia Cara with him on tour for the European and North American dates.
Cara opened the show with “Here.” She sang a ton of new music from her upcoming EP as well as crowd favorites, such as “Scars to Your Beautiful” and “Stay.”
After Cara left the stage, it was time for Mendes to grace it. He opened with his hit single, “Lost In Japan” and immediately the crowd was attached to his every move.
After getting the crowd hyped up with his smash hit, “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back,” Mendes greeted the crowd. This isn’t his first rodeo in Philly and he made that very apparent during the show.
“Philly, how we feeling tonight? You are the city I always brag about to people,” Mendes said, which made the crowd go even more crazy.
Halfway through the snow, Mendes runs to the b-stage, which has a huge flower attached to it that fits the aesthetic of the album. There he does a mashup of one song from each album and a cover of Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.”
He returns to the main stage, in a new outfit, to entertain the crowd more. The entire place was shaking when they were jumping to “If I Can’t Have You.”
Mendes ends the concert with a cover of Coldplay’s “Fix You” and his own Grammy-nominated song, “In My Blood.” It is an emotional moment for anyone, not only because of the messages of the songs but because the show is ending.
Smoke and confetti emerge from the stage as Mendes runs into the crowd and hugs front-row fans.
Although Mendes only adorns two outfits (sleeveless ones, so I’m not complaining) throughout the show and doesn’t have any dancers or backup singers, he delivers a show attendees won’t forget. His visuals, vocals, and talent on the guitar and piano make the concert great without all of the thrills. You can see Mendes’ love for performing and happiness when he is on stage. It’s where he’s meant to be.
Singing songs from all three albums, Mendes delivers a show-stopping concert for fans old and new. If you have a chance to see the Canadian singer live, don’t hesitate to do so.
Rating: 5 out of 5