Concert review: Trey Songz gets hot in herre and in the Fabulous Fox, Sunday, February 12
When Trey Songz is on tour it’s Valentine’s Day every day. When the tour is actually during Valentine’s season?
Let’s just say that the mush was running down the Fox Theatre aisles all night long.
The R&B singer brought his “Anticipation 2our” to the Fabulous Fox on Sunday night, playing to a full house heavy on single ladies who didn’t seem to mind that they were missing the Grammies.
The Virginia native is touring on a couple of popular mixtapes, “Anticipation I & II,” and is gearing up for a new full-length later this year. He is also reportedly working on a movie, having been cast in “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D.”
Rapper Big Sean got the party started with a set of crotch-grabbing hip hop. The crowd was anything but indifferent to this opener, shouting lyrics and dancing to the young rapper’s hits like “I Get Money,” “I Do It” and “The World Is Mine.” His biggest hit, “Dance (A$$),” featured a slammin’ old school beat. DJ Mo Beatz’ displayed amazing scratching skills throughout.
After an intermission, Trey Songz rose to an elevated stage on a mechanical riser wearing shades and looking like a young Ray Charles. The high-tech backdrop looked expensive, beaming various lasers, videos and other cool images throughout the night. Songz captivated the crowd singing fan favorites, such as “Be Where You Are,” “Scratchin’ Me Up” and “Neighbors Know My Name.” “Don’t Judge” was an extremely challenging song and Songz came up huge, stretching his voice in all kinds of directions. He undeniably has one of the best voices in R&B.
On “Bomb” Songz led a call and response session with the crowd that had decibel levels through the roof. Other sexually-charged highlights included “Sex Ain’t Better Than Love” and “Can’t Be Friends.” Through it all, Songz played to his female fan base, tempting and teasing them in various states of disrobement. On “Jupiter,” Songz ratcheted the romance still further higher, egging his female fans to imagine a tryst with him.
And then things got flat out weird.
Declaring “It’s getting hot in here,” Songz took his shirt off in slow motion, grabbing a towel. He said it was so hot he needed someone to come up and help him towel off. After whipping the crowd into frenzy, he selected a little black dress-clad woman. She was lifted onto the stage and the two seemed to hit it off, judging by their long and lingering hugs. The women in the crowd squealed in approval.
Songz then told the volunteer about a special place he liked to take his dates and escorted her to his stage lift. The two disappeared but were seen on film heading backstage on the big screen. They entered a dressing room and, before the camera turned away, Songz could be seen unzipping his pants. (Stay classy, Trey.) Hey, he probably just had a costume change.
Songz’ talented backup singers kept the crowd relatively occupied with a rendition of “Nice And Slow” by Usher. It was a good chance to focus on the backing band, which was anchored by a great drummer and rocking guitarist and DJ.
The drummer especially shined when Songz re-emerged in a new costume (see, I was right) and did an inspired version of “Invented Sex.” This was when the real fireworks started. Opener Big Sean hopped on stage and they launched into DJ Drama’s “Oh My.”
“You Already Know” was a powerful party starter that served as a warm up to the musical highlight of the night. That would be Songz’ biggest hit to date, “Bottoms Up.” The stage lights went bright white and the band blasted the top 10 hit out in full force. Watching the song performed with a full live band was a sight to behold.
Songz didn’t actually sing much of the hit, though, instead holding the mic towards the crowd. This made sense during the Nicki Minaj verses, but I would have liked to have heard him sing more of this and other songs. The crowd didn’t seem to mind though. If the new album has a few more upbeat hits like “Bottoms Up,” look for Songz to be headlining arenas next time around.
Songz kept the energy levels high with “Say Aah,” but then shifted back to lovey-dovey mode. Walking back and forth onstage, Songz gave his love to random women from the crowd, describing what they were wearing, etc.
To me, it wasn’t exactly compelling entertainment, but maybe I’m just sore he didn’t pick me.