REVIEW: James Bay at The Palladium (12/2/15)

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James Bay wrapped up his tour on December 2, 2015 over in Los Angeles for a sold-out show at The Palladium. There was no shortness of screaming fans, audience members who knew every single word to his songs, and crazy soul from the man himself.Watching James Bay perform live is like going through an entire relationship with him – you have your ups and downs but in the end it’s okay because he’s there serenading you through it all.

Here’s a short recap of what our night with James Bay looked like:

The indie rock singer started out with “Collide,” showing off the effortless grit and soul he performs with. He took out the acoustic guitar to reminded us about a time “When We Were on Fire” and that he’ll come around if we “ever want to be in love”. He slowed things down a bit for “Need the Sun to Break” and “Let it Go” to tug at our heart strings. For the end of our emotion-filled night with Mr. Bay, he performed his rendition of “Proud Mary” with his own folk-rock twist. And as expected, he had us “Hold Back the River” until the very end.

James truly tells a story through his performance. For those who have taken the time to listen to his latest album, they know that his songs are so relatable to. That definitely translates as he performs live and brings us in with him through each song. His song “Scars” in particular was one that stood out from the rest. The artist took a solo with just him and his guitar and a dim light on stage for the song. It was slowed down – he took his time through each line to really emphasize each lyric – and it truly resonated throughout the entire venue.

Check out James Bay’s music here.

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