By Danie B
The music stops and you hear what sounds like a car or motorcycle roaring as an array of red, yellow, and green flashing lights are met with screams and cheers.
Then from stage left Khalid shuffles out wearing black jeans, a florescent orange t-shirt and white sneakers. There is no elaborate costume, in fact this is an outfit that guys at my old high school would get laughed at for wearing, but this is a part of what makes Khalid so great. At such a young age (he’s only 20), he’s realized that it’s okay to just be himself even if people don’t get it. Lucky for him, people are loving it.
Khalid’s smooth voice is inaudible over the crowd, who knew every word of every song he sang. His dance moves are mediocre at best but it doesn’t matter because he’s not trying to be a world class dancer, he’s just trying to give all he has to his screaming fans.
Every time he seems to lose himself in a song resulting in him falling to his knees, the crowd goes wild, and they grow more and more intoxicated with his sound as he performs American Teen, Let’s Go, and 8Teen.
Of course he closes his show with the radio hit Location, and just when you think the show is done he returns less than a minute later to perform not one but two more songs including the latest single, Young, Dumb and Broke. What makes his encore finale so special is the fact that he brought Marshmello on stage, and as soon as the crowd sees that over sized head, they lose their minds!
All and all, Khalid’s show tells the story of every American Teen, hence the name of the tour and song. You’re trying to figure it all out while experiencing the pain, obstacles and heartache that life throws at you; and for the first time you’re figuring these things out on your own.
The lights dim, and the fans linger. It’s like they’re in a trance or maybe they’re just processing. Whatever the case, a number of 18 and 19-year-olds went home with not only a great concert experience added to their memory banks, but a better sense of self, and in my book, that’s priceless.