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