Just a month ago Demi Lovato was forced to postpone her October performance at the Rosemont Theatre a few short hours before showtime after the singer woke up with no voice. “I’m so sorry but it breaks my heart to tell you I have to reschedule the show,” wrote Lovato wrote to fans on Instagram. And while the sudden update was heartbreaking to her loyal Chicago fans, Lovato made up for the postponement and then some on Thursday night.
Now treated to the closing night on her headlining “Holy Fvck Tour”, fans at the Rosemont Theatre enjoyed performances from Lovato’s brand new rock album, which debuted a totally new sound from the former Disney star, as well as spins on some of her classic pop songs from throughout her career.
After delivering a few standouts from her new album, “Holy Fvck”, Lovato quickly took time to thank her fans and address the delay:
“First off, I just want to say, thank you so much for coming tonight,” Lovato told fans. “It’s no secret that I was supposed to play here back in October, and I got really really sick, I had no voice and I had to postpone the show, but you guys are here tonight and I promise I’m going to make it up to you guys.”
Although she owed no one an apology for losing her voice for performing with such energy from night to night, Lovato closer her apology by foreshadowing the rest of the evening, “Its the last night of the tour and I’m ending it here with you guys. Are ya’ll ready to have a f*cking good time tonight?”
Lovato delivered on that promise, getting the momentum for the rest of the night started with a familiar tune, a more rock-infused rendition of Demi’s massive hit “Confident”. Although Lovato’s new style and sound is very far removed from her 2015 album and especially her earliest projects, it’s great to see some of her hits still make their way into the setlist.
Next up Demi performed a couple fan favorites from the late 2000s, an unexpected Ashlee Simpson cover and her unapologetic anthem, “Sorry Not Sorry”. The remainder of her career spanning set was full of new tracks and spins on the old, a model which she perfected until the concert’s final moments.
Ending the evening on a high note, Demi finished with her new biggest track, her album’s lead single “Skin Of My Teeth” and perhaps her biggest pop single to date, “Cool For The Summer”, putting a big cherry on top of what was already a night that her Chicago fans will not forget.
Despite the original postponement, Demi more than made up for the new date with her Thursday night performance and now her Chicago fans will have less time to wait before she returns to the Windy City.
Summer is over but live music in Chicago lives on! Tours are trading festival dates and outdoor performances for arenas and theaters and October is as good of a month as any to catch a concert in the Windy City. From Lizzo to Demi Lovato and many more, there is something for everyone this month.
Check out our list of the 6 can’t miss concerts in Chicago in October!
According to reports from TMZ, a source with first hand knowledge has revealed that singer Demi Lovato has stabilized from her overdose, and her team is currently making plans to send her to rehab. Although the decision to check into rehab is ultimately Demi’s, sources say that her team is willing to give out some tough love to help her get better.
One source tells TMZ, “She could die if she doesn’t (go to rehab), and that’s not going to be on my watch that we did nothing.” We are all hoping that Demi continues to get better and gets the help she needs upon release from the hospital!
Fans in Chicago had their pick when it came to live music Friday night. With P!nk kicking off her 2-night residency at the United Center, and G-Eazy treating rap fans to a great night at the Aragon, our loyalty landed with the awesome co-headlining lineup of DJ Khaled and Demi Lovato. Also billed the Tell Me You Love Me Tour, after Lovato’s newest studio album, fans at the sold-out Allstate Arena were certainly gifted with a great time from the tour’s opening act, Kehlani, but the night was all about the co-headliners of DJ Khaled and Demi Lovato.
After Kehlani set the mood with some of her best tracks, including her infectious single ‘Honey’ and her Calvin Harris and Lil Yachty collaboration ‘Faking It’, it was time for the wildly entertaining DJ Khaled to really get the party started.
Opening his set with the cutest video, showing off Khaled’s adorable son Asahd, the Miami-based mega producer hit the heart strings of the crowd, telling fans: “every morning I tell Asahd ‘I love you, I got you’, but the truth is… he’s got me.” After that moment, DJ Khaled asked Chicago where the winners were, as he emerged from stage right to his record ‘All I Do Is Win’ and Fat Joe’s ‘All The Way Up’.
The majority of DJ Khaled’s performance fit the mold of his opening, balancing between hit tracks and Khaled’s life coaching and thoughts on family. Where else are you going to party to your favorite songs while also enjoying the quotables and spiritual guidance that only DJ Khaled, the world’s best hype-man, has to offer. Khaled even gave love and a special shoutout to all the mothers and fathers in the audience, for bringing their sons and daughters to the show.
While DJ Khaled’s set is likely and expectedly similar for every night of the tour, Khaled took time to get behind the DJ booth and play some records special for Chicago, including some Chance The Rapper and Kanye West’s ‘N*ggas In Paris’ and ‘Good Life’, and Khaled’s Windy City fans were certainly living the good life. “Is this Chicago!?”, Khaled asked the crowd.
And if you went into the performance wondering how DJ Khaled would keep your attention, given the fact that the majority of his songs are performed by his A-list friends like Drake, Beyonce, Jay-Z and Rihanna, any doubts you had were quickly shattered by DJ Khaled’s contagious positivity and unique stage presence. And you didn’t need Rihanna and Bryson Tiller to come on stage to thoroughly enjoy ‘Wild Thoughts’, but Khaled did invited Kehlani back on stage for one more song, as DJ Khaled praised the Bay Area singer as the future.
Whether you mostly enjoyed his hilarious dancing, his record scratching, being part of his Snapchat and Insta Story or his curation of the perfect playlist, the performance was full of highlights to choose from. Star artists need to take note, and join Demi by making DJ Khaled a major key to their tours.
So with DJ Khaled delivering the ideal performance to set the stage for the night’s second headliner, Demi Lovato was ready and waiting to slay. No stranger to the Allstate Arena, having most recently visited the Rosemont arena for the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball with Halsey and The Chainsmokers, and also making a stop at the Allstate on her last co-headlining tour with Nick Jonas, Lovato has found a second home in Chicago.
Immediately, as Lovato appeared and kicked off her set with her Tell Me You Love Me record, ‘You Don’t Do It For Me Anymore’, the crowd erupted. Clearly Demi still “does it” for her fans, because not only was the show sold-out, but energy levels throughout the arena never reached a low.
After the set’s opening track, the first of many video interludes played, as Demi was already making her first outfit change of the night. Demi then performed another song from her 2017 album before throwing it back to her hit track ‘Cool For The Summer’.
While Demi opted out of a major and over the top production for the tour, she easily made up for it by killing it when it came to the essentials. The tour might not have the laser lights, pyrotechnics and huge props that other artist’s may offer, but last night stood out with the amazing talents of her supporting dancers, the plethora of gorgeous outfits, an emotional trip to the B-stage and piano, and most importantly with the A+ pipes that Demi has been blessed with. Although it’s no secret that Demi Lovato has a great voice, Friday was evidence of the fact that Lovato doesn’t get quite enough credit for easily having one of the biggest and best voices in music today. Even if she didn’t have the catalog of hit records that she has, the majority of pop artists today can’t hold a candle to Demi’s vocals.
The night’s setlist was heavy on Demi’s Tell Me You Love Me LP, tracks that can be also heard in the singer’s new documentary “Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated”, a unique and personal window into Demi’s life, and the same can be said about last night’s performance. As Demi ended the main portion of her set with a trip to the piano, to perform her song ‘Father’, a song dedicated to hate late father; Lovato told the crowd that she initially decided to never perform the track live, as it was too difficult and personal. But as Lovato has succeeded in finding a great grip on her confidence and metal health throughout the years, a message which resonated with the crowd, she decided that she was ready to share such a performance with her fans on tour. Needless to say, the performance was beautiful and tear jerking.
And after such a raw moment, Demi Lovato brought the crowd’s spirits back up with an awesome 2-song encore of ‘Sorry Not Sorry’ (joined by the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus) and her new album’s title track, ‘Tell Me You Love Me’, ending the night on a great note.
Get your tickets for the remaining dates of Demi and Khaled’s tour at here.
After a couple dry months for live music in the city, the concert train is gaining speed in the Windy City this month before festival season sneaks up on music fans everywhere. With huge arena performances to come from Justin Timberlake, P!nk, Demi Lovato and more, and some awesome shows from G-Eazy and Vic Mensa, to name a few, March is bringing some of the biggest names in music to Chicago.
Check out our list of our 10 can’t miss concerts in Chicago this month!
Last night Chicago’s 103.5 KISS FM and iHeartRadio brought their show stopping Jingle Ball to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL.
With a number of amazing performances and guest appearances, artists like Demi Lovato, The Chainsmokers, Halsey, Kesha, Camila Cabello, Liam Payne, Charlie Puth and more blessed the stage, to give their Chicago fans a night that they will not soon forget. Year after year, iHeartRadio, KISS and Capital One give Chicago the ultimate present for the holiday season, and 2017 was no exception.
Check out our photos from Chicago’s 2017 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball below, peep our red carpet photos here, and stay tuned for our full review!
Last night the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball tour returned to Chicago’s Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL. And before the talented cast of artists stepped on stage for the sold-out performance, your favorite names in music hit the red carpet backstage, dressed to the nines. Stepping on the red carpet in the Windy City this year was Halsey, Demi Lovato, Kesha, The Chainsmokers and many more!
Check out our photos from the Jingle Ball red carpet last night in Chicago, and make sure you don’t miss out if the Jingle Ball is still coming to a city near you!
As the holidays begin, so do the amazing variety of holiday concerts and more. From WGCI’s Big Jam with Rick Ross and Chris Brown to B96 Jingle Bash with Taylor Swift and the Backstreet Boys, Christmas is coming early for a lot of music fans in Chicago next month.
Check out our list of our 8 can’t miss concerts in Chicago next month!
In support of her new LP, Tell Me You Love Me, singer Demi Lovato will embark on her headlining tour in 2018. With support from the wildly entertaining DJ Khaled, Demi and Khaled will have the major keys to a great tour.
Lovato will kick things off on February 26th in San Diego and will make stops in Chicago, Dallas , Minneapolis, Detroit and many more, until things come to a close on March 31st in Tampa. Pre-sale for the 20-date tour begins on October 30th and fans can visit DemiXKhaled.com for more information.
Check out Demi Lovato and DJ Khaled’s tour dates below.
Chicago’s 103.5 KISS FM has shared its lineup for the Jingle Ball 2017, again bringing some of the biggest names in Top 40 radio to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL. Performing at this year’s Jingle Ball will be Demi Lovato, The Chainsmokers, Charlie Puth, Kesha, Liam Payne, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels and Why Don’t We.
Year after year, Chicago’s Jingle Ball continues to out-do itself, so be sure to grab your tickets when they go on pre-sale for Capital One cardholders tomorrow, Wednesday, October 11th, at 10 AM. Tickets will be available for the general public on October 16th at noon at www.iHeartRadio.com/JingleBall.
And as always, 103.5 KISS FM will give back to the community with the Jingle Ball, this year donating $1.00 of every ticket sold to the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, dedicated to inspiring today’s youth entertainment and education focused initiatives.