These days, Madison Square Garden is Billy Joel’s home. New York’s resident “Piano Man” has just about owned the Big Apple area since he began his month-to-month residency there in Jan. 2014.
But on Saturday night time, MSG was remodeled into “Harry’s House,” as Harry Styles introduced his Love on Tour 2022 trek to the iconic venue for the first of 15 — sure, 15! — concert events that can run by Sept. 21.
In impact, the 28-year-old pop phenomenon is having his personal residency at the world’s most well-known area, doing extra shows in only one month than Joel would do in a yr.
And of course, the pop universe has mainly been Harry’s world since he dropped his third solo album, “Harry’s House,” in May, celebrating it with a release-day live performance at the new UBS Arena in Long Island. But he managed to show MSG into an intimate room the place each one of his screaming and squealing followers — decked out in feather boas, sequins and glitter, no matter the gender — felt seen and heard in a communal protected house.
“Good night, New York. My identify is Harry,” stated the ridiculously charming celebrity — who clearly wanted no introduction — to 1 of many deafening roars. “Please be happy to be who you all the time wished to be in this room tonight.”
In that second, you possibly 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 energy of Styles, who will not be the finest singer, not the finest musician, and definitely not the finest dancer. But he can carry and personal the stage with a minimal quantity of the typical manufacturing bells and whistles — no backup dancers needed — required for an area 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’s one of the tracks from the wonderful “Harry’s House” that dominated his setlist.
Perpetually skipping throughout the in-the-round stage — the higher for him to work all 4 sides of the Garden along with his delightfully dorky dance strikes — his infectious giddiness was simple.
But there was additionally extra musical sophistication than you might need anticipated from the One Direction alum, who paid homage to his former boy band by remodeling and reenergizing their largest hit, “What Makes You Beautiful.” He deepened the funk of his first Grammy-winning hit “Watermelon Sugar” and took the smooth-cruising “Late Night Talking” — his present single — into Steely Dan territory.
And there was even a sly bit of the Village People’s “Y.M.C.A.” — which many of the younger viewers most likely didn’t get — earlier than he swaggered into the horned-up sexiness of “Music for a Sushi Restaurant.”
But it was Styles’ No. 1 smash “As It Was” — which has topped the charts for 10 weeks this yr — that had the Garden levitating from the collective pogoing taking place throughout.
In the center of Styles’ residency — with British alt-R&B artist Blood Orange opening for all 15 concert events — the Garden will return to being Billy’s home when Joel takes again over for a live performance on (*15*). But on Saturday night time —and for 14 extra nights to return — MSG all belonged to Harry.