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Trey Songz shares his ‘Passion, Pain, Pleasure’ with Atlanta

Photo by Alexander

Photo by Matt Alexandre

R&B singer Trey Songz brought his first headlining tour to the Atlanta’s Fox Theatre Friday night (see photo gallery and Twitter updates from the show). As he noted, the show had been sold out for months. And no wonder, to see the 25-year-old’s sex appeal ooze from the stage is quite an experience. Sure, he has some growing to do in terms of overall showmanship and production (though he can’t completely be held accountable for that). But his stage presence and vocal ability are so impressive it’s hard to believe this was the hormone-heavy youth in baggy jeans and cornrolls just a couple of years ago.

Jermaine Dupri’s new artist Dondria kicked things off. Then Atlanta’s sweetheart Monica − flawless as always − performed. Echoing her nod to Alexander McQueen-style glamour, she appeared on stage in thigh-high leather boots and military jacket and later a fitted black floor-length gown as she belted out her radio-heavy hits “Love All Over Me” and “Everything to Me.” She tossed in a powerful rendition of a Whitney Houston song and later donned a black sequined pantsuit with blue sash. Backtracking to hits from her teen years, the formal stylings she donned could not bely the streetwise sass fans have loved for 15 years.

“They said it was over for me but ya’ll said something different,” the mother of two said as she thanked fans, her mom and aunt as well as fellow Atlantans Ciara and Jazze Pha.

It must also be noted that “the band” of young, athletic guys who kept the crowd energized during breaks are worthy of their very own Axe commercial.

PASSION

  • It was obvious the crowd, dominated by women dressed in their video-ready attire, was fully primed for Trey when shrieks and screams nearly pierced an eardrum. For a brief moment I felt bad for the sprinkle of men clearly there for their sweeties’ sake, until it became clear that this show was simply musical foreplay entirely for their benefit.
  • To be sure, the Virginia-native and part-time Atlantan crooned his way through sex-laden hits from his third CD “Ready” including “I Invented Sex” and “Neighbors Know My Name.” He also threw in a hip-swaying version of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together.” Dressed in gray slacks, button-down, vest and tie, he definitely fit the grown & sexy part.
  • I don’t think I’ll ever listen to the song “Jupiter Love” quite the same way. It was very reminiscent of “Bridges of Madison County” in how Clint Eastwood transported Meryl Streep to the majestic plains of Africa just by…sorry, I digress…Bottom line is it was seeeeexy.

PAIN

  • At the end of Trey’s first set the DJ said he was “hot” and needed to change into something more comfortable. Since Trey was sweat-soaked it seemed odd when he returned for the second set in black slacks AND long-sleeve cardigan. Granted, he looked good. Just making an observation.
  • Loved the idea of giving a lucky lady in the crowd a seated massage, but pulling Ciara from audience, no matter how fabulous she looked, was just lame. It may have been a different story had she sang with him. And the subsequent “fan” (or plant?) he picked was questionable, too. Besides, the skit went on too long. I suspect you have to be careful with personal safety, especially with hormonally charged women. But if that’s the case, pick another crowd moment.
  • I know he was focused on personal interaction with the audience, but the staging felt a little too bare, especially when he did party hits like “Say Ahh.” Dancers, props, something extra was needed for some songs.
  • After going to a show like this the last thing you want to be reminded of is being single and having to go home alone. Again, just an observation.

PLEASURE

  • Trey’s connection with the audience was stellar. At one point he went through the crowd and used identifying elements like dress color, hairstyle or height to give personalized shout-outs. He also took a few moments to actually take impromptu photos with some ladies up front. Later he even appeared to use his own digital camera to take a shot of the crowd.
  • Fans got a sample of new songs from his upcoming CD “Passion, Pain, Pleasure,” which is due out Sept. 14. Expect club cuts like “Bottoms Up” with Nicki Minaj and sultry ballads like “Can’t Be Friends” and “Love Faces.”
  • The DJ was incredible … knew exactly what to play to keep audience hype and happy!
  • Finally, finally, in the last moments of his finale, Trey ditched the shirt and showed a little skin. Guess the whole grown & sexy thing − i.e. focus on sexiness not sex − has its downside. Yuuuuup!

13 comments Add your comment

JustMyOpinion

August 14th, 2010
8:22 pm

He sounded real good, but he’s seemed overwhelmed or the moment was to big for him.

JustMyOpinion

August 14th, 2010
8:24 pm

Basically, I was expecting a Lil’ R. Kelly, and I got ………………………………………Sisqo!!

Q McElroy

August 14th, 2010
9:17 pm

@JustMyOpinion I know what you’re saying. I saw R. Kelly’s last show at the Fox and even though it wasn’t the major Philips Arena production of his past, there was still some oomph. This is Trey’s first headliner so I think it’s just a matter of time. He has the skills that matter most.

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Torrey

August 15th, 2010
2:38 am

As a singer and RnB artist, the man had…IT. Though I do not have enough concerts under my belt for a frame of reference, to me anyway, he & his band sounded so good I thought he may have been lipsynching, though skinnier than expected he was as conditioned & physically fit as a marathoner, & every move he made seemed as pre-planned & choreographed as a well prepared broadway actor, and he oozed & was a crooning personification of charisma. The women went completely CRAZY! They were screaming so loud I just knew I’d be sittin’ in my ear, nose, & throat specialist’s office the following week (though still a bit deaf in my right ear, I anticipate a full recovery:)). Though I left a bit early to bypass the certain heavy traffic (the Falcons were playin too you know), I really enjoyed the show, but would be hesitant to fork out $279 for his next headliner…..unless my lady insisted that is hehe. Oh yeah, Monica was the class act I expected. She sounded & looked great too. Can’t believe she’s had 2 kids!

carolyn

August 15th, 2010
4:23 pm

I am a 50+ female who have had a lot of concerts under my belt , I love different types of music from frank sinatra to drake to smokey robinson. my husband and i attened the flashback concert at lakewood last week I am known by family and friends as a music enthusiast. Tramaine aldon Neverson got my attention with Say Ahh and I have been listening every since.When I heard about his concert it was sold out so I went on line to a ticket broker and purchased
our tickets I was not disappointed to say the lest. I truly enjoyed this young man Trey Songz. I have gone to many a
concert in my day and have never paid that much to see an entertainer but it was well worth it. With all the screaming and yelling it took me back to when I was that age. I love trey’s new look he could be a young smokey
Robinson or Marvin Gaye. Trey is very handsome and has sex appeal out of this world. He could have just stood
there and the women would have been just as happy.I loved the way that he interacted with the crowd. I watch his
show every tuesday nite on BET. Next time he comes to the ALT. It will be girls nite out. my husband had enough.
WE LOVE YOU TREY ps I have your last CD READY tommorrow I will have your PASSION PAIN PLEASURE
CD. Your new fan and probably one of your oldest CAROLYN YUPP——–!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Megal

August 15th, 2010
5:37 pm

I have to say I drove 2 hrs to attend the concert. Trey is great for the ladies & has skills.
But MS MONICA ARNOLD is all that. She has that sultry voice and sang all her hits. But when she went into singing “Love all over me then blended in “You give good Love” by her idol Whitney Houston (mine included) the crowd went wild. But wait when she sang, ” I have nothing” by Whitney, the performance was magical. She had the beautiful black dress with diamonds & was reminiscent of our old “Whitney”. To me, Monica is already had the soul, but the torch of Whitney has been passed on. WHerever Monica performs locally in NC,SC Or GA. I will be there.I love her along with many other fans there because she’s “Everything to me.” Much LOVE MONICA

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Joyface

August 16th, 2010
7:54 pm

I thought he was absolutely amazing! I wasn’t much of a fan prior to the concert but I certainly am now!

diana

August 16th, 2010
8:29 pm

I’ve been to a couple concerts…but have never felt that intimate feeling like I did with Trey on friday night..I have been a long time fan and have seen him in action before but this just put the icing on the cake. This is his first tour so I expect even more in the future and know that he willl deliver. When an artist can make you feel as if no one else in that room matters or like he’s basically singing to you-thats when you have a show….I am more of a fan now than I ever was-if thats even possible lol GREAT JOB TREY!!!…

Boss Chick

August 19th, 2010
3:56 pm

I caught the shirt!! I love you Trey, and you really left a lasting impression and have a fan for life!!

bunny

August 23rd, 2010
10:30 am

trey is good but he try too hard and he end up over welming hisself and it dont sound right / monica was o.k. vioce too shacky/ but they did good.

ms songz

September 13th, 2010
7:45 am

I have never been a concert before and had no idea what to expect. I have been a long time fan of his music. I was thrilled with Monica’s performance and they way she interacted with the crowd. Trey wasn’t lying when he said that this would be intimate for his fans. I felt like he was talking and singing to just me. Even when he looked up and pointed me out in the crowd for wearing one of his t-shirts, I felt like he understood that everyone in the room loved him and he gave that back to us 100%. I even dragged my friends along who before the concert werent trey fans, but today they are going to get his new cd right along with me.