Jessie J performance is well worth the price tag…

IRocktography, music photojournalism by Stephen Lavoie

If you haven’t been living under a rock, then you’ve heard the song “Price Tag” a bazillion times, give or take a couple of hundred. Maybe overplayed but a great song, none-the-less, Matthew Murphy of the Wombats calls it…”A massive bullet proof pop song, with quite a nice sentiment…”

IRocktography, music photojournalism by Stephen Lavoie

In-between most songs, plenty of honest and forthcoming banter, which was very refreshing to hear. She spoke of bullying and reminded the crowd, “Whenever someone is mean to you, its says more about them; than you”. At the start of the third song, she explained that she was feeling a bit under-the-weather, which certainly wasn’t readily apparent, and would give it her best. And that’s what you do in life, do the best with what you’ve got. She gave lots of advice during the concert but it didn’t come off as preachy, more of advice from a big sister, very well done!

IRocktography, music photojournalism by Stephen Lavoie

I watched dozens of You-Tube videos from past performances and I can’t remember seeing the same outfit twice. And you would remember them, obviously very fashion conscience, continually changing her look, some zany, others impressive, lots of bold choices, mostly very skimpy, tonight was more of a twist of Barbara Edens outfit from the classic TV show, “I dream of Genie”. Great flowing pink fabric accented the glittery halter top and hot pants. Prime choice photographically, looks fantastic on-camera…

IRocktography, music photojournalism by Stephen Lavoie

Someone threw a stuffed toy onto the stage, with a note attached, she asked permission from the fan, if it was okay to read it aloud to the audience. As she began, it was your typical, “I’m your biggest fan” type of thing but it changed tone dramatically, when the fan explained how deeply her music had touched him and through a specific course of events, it had actually saved his life. As Jessie J read through it, you could feel the emotion in her voice and the crowd had quoted to a whisper, by the end of this, tears welled up in her eyes and her voice was cracking and she almost didn’t made it through the letter.

IRocktography, music photojournalism by Stephen Lavoie
Before the show, she met the second place finisher of the Voice PH, Morisette Amon, loved her personality and spirit so much; that she invited her to perform with her on stage. They sounded great together, it went really well, a special performance for sure.

IRocktography, music photojournalism by Stephen Lavoie

Lots of great interaction with her bandmates…

IRocktography, music photojournalism by Stephen Lavoie

Protocol was the standard first 3 songs with no flash. Although for this one, you weren’t allowed to cross the center portion of the photo-pit, you had to choose to stay on the right or left side. I choose the right, considering she almost always holds the mic in her right hand. We also weren’t allowed to get right next to the stage, had to stay with out backs close to the barricade. You couldn’t move around too much, fortunately, she covers the stage well, not staying in one place for very long. Not sure why they didn’t allow access to the centre portion, maybe to avoid distraction.

IRocktography, music photojournalism by Stephen Lavoie

A special performance for sure. I’ve seen many concerts and some artists just go through the motions, when it comes to fan interaction, not so with Jessie J. Sincerity is one of those things, you cannot fake. Her voice has wonderful tone and power, but it’s her heart behind it, is what impressed me the most. I’m now a big fan!

IRocktography, music photojournalism by Stephen Lavoie

IRocktography, music photojournalism by Stephen Lavoie

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