Nowadays, Madison Sq. Backyard is Billy Joel’s home. New York’s resident “Piano Man” has just about owned the Huge Apple enviornment since he began his month-to-month residency there in Jan. 2014.
However on Saturday night time, MSG was remodeled into “Harry’s Home,” as Harry Kinds introduced his Love on Tour 2022 trek to the long-lasting venue for the primary of 15 — sure, 15! — sold-out concert events that can run by Sept. 21.
In impact, the 28-year-old pop phenomenon is having his personal residency on the world’s most well-known enviornment, doing extra reveals in only one month than Joel would do in a yr.
And naturally, the pop universe has mainly been Harry’s world since he dropped his third solo album, “Harry’s Home,” in Could, celebrating it with a release-day live performance on the new UBS Area in Lengthy Island. However he managed to show MSG into an intimate room the place each considered one of his screaming and squealing followers — decked out in feather boas, sequins and glitter, regardless of the gender — felt seen and heard in a communal protected house.
“Good night, New York. My title is Harry,” stated the ridiculously charming celebrity — who clearly wanted no introduction — to considered one of many deafening roars. “Please be at liberty to be who you at all times wished to be on this room tonight.”
In that second, you can really feel the Cult of Harry.
He could also be a millennial heartthrob, however he’s bringing again the peace and free love vibes of the ’60s. Therein lies the ability of Kinds, who just isn’t one of the best singer, not one of the best musician, and positively not one of the best dancer. However he can carry and personal the stage with a minimal quantity of the standard manufacturing bells and whistles — no backup dancers obligatory — required for an enviornment present.
That was obvious from the second he got here out bounding and bopping throughout the stage — along with his forever-floppy hair — to “Daydreaming,” the opener that is among the tracks from the wonderful “Harry’s Home” that dominated his setlist.
Perpetually skipping throughout the in-the-round stage — the higher for him to work all 4 sides of the Backyard along with his delightfully dorky dance strikes — his infectious giddiness was simple.
However there was additionally extra musical sophistication than you may need anticipated from the One Route alum, who paid homage to his former boy band by remodeling and reenergizing their greatest hit, “What Makes You Lovely.” He deepened the funk of his first Grammy-winning hit “Watermelon Sugar” and took the smooth-cruising “Late Evening Speaking” — his present single — into Steely Dan territory.
And there was even a sly little bit of the Village Folks’s “Y.M.C.A.” — which lots of the younger viewers in all probability didn’t get — earlier than he swaggered into the horned-up sexiness of “Music for a Sushi Restaurant.”
However it was Kinds’ No. 1 smash “As It Was” — which has topped the charts for 10 weeks this yr — that had the Backyard levitating from the collective pogoing taking place throughout.
In the course of Kinds’ residency — with British alt-R&B artist Blood Orange opening for all 15 concert events — the Backyard will return to being Billy’s home when Joel takes again over for a live performance on Wednesday. However on Saturday night time —and for 14 extra nights to come back — MSG all belonged to Harry.