Some might have taken The High Road to get there, but it can be confirmed that Chicago’s Concord Music Hall was packed and sold-out with day one and new fans for JoJo’s MAD LOVE Tour.
Up first was the Albania native, Stanaj – who jumped right into his set with an energetic performance of Bad Woman. Soon after, Stanaj would take a moment to address the crowd and inform them that he was sick, so his set would unfortunately be cut down to three songs.
Before ending his set with Sleep Alone from last year’s The Preview EP, the From a Distance singer asked the audience how many people have never heard of him. The question was met with loud cheers. After that response from the audience, Stanaj asked another question – “After tonight’s show, how many people are going to listen to your boy?” The question received the same response as the first, but this time a little bit louder. Though he didn’t get to jam out on his signature keyboard, there’s no doubt Stanaj gained new supporters after his performance.
After taking a short break from performing and touring due to sickness, JoJo was in rare form Sunday night in Chicago. Opening her set with Clovers., the captivating JoJo was ready to give it her all from the get-go. At one point during the first few minutes into her set, JoJo asked if she could go “old school” for a second – this was followed up with a 2017 rendition of Leave (Get Out) from her 2004 debut self-titled album. All of the “OG” JoJo fans belted out every lyric, which saw a huge smile come across the singer’s face.
The show would slow down as the Mad Love singer asked if anyone wanted to come on stage. She stated it didn’t matter if you were a “boy, girl, gay, straight”. With no hesitation, the entire Concord Music Hall erupted with yells of “pick me”, with hands going up in the air. Now that a fan was chosen, JoJo (with the help of her backup singers), sat the man down and proceeded to blindfold him. The segment continued with the backup singers singing parts of High Heels, while JoJo performed a sensual lap dance for the lucky fan.
Throughout the night, the Chicago crowd would chant “We love you JoJo”, as she sung hits from all three of her albums. It was evident that fans were glad to see JoJo back where she belongs – headlining her own tour and on stage having fun. The raw talent equipped singer even included an acoustic set that included the fan-favorite Baby It’s You and an amazing cover of Drake’s Marvin’s Room (with altered lyrics).
The MAD LOVE Tour would come to a close with a performance of the single that shares the same name as the tour – Mad Love. Before exiting the stage, JoJo thanked Chicago for all the love she received.
The break away from performing must have really rejuvenated JoJo as she delivered strong hard-hitting vocals the entire night. She looked to be at 100%, as her vocals were at an all-time high, especially on slow jams such as Edibles.
It definitely can be said that JoJo is back as if she never left. She still possesses that organic R&B flare mixed with Pop appeal.
Check out photos from the Chicago stop of JoJo’s MAD LOVE Tour below
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