Sade, John Legend at the Cricket

Iconic vocalist -- and John Legend -- played memorable sets in South Bay.

19 photos
1/19
Scott McDonald
2/19
Scott McDonald
Iconic vocalist Helen Adu and her band, Sade -- and John Legend -- played memorable sets in South Bay.
3/19
Scott McDonald
4/19
Scott McDonald
The 52-year-old (!?!) Adu didn’t show any signs of her 10-year absence from the stage as she delivered an impressive variety of songs from her nearly 30-year career with poise, grace and clarity.
5/19
Scott McDonald
Production designers made fantastic use of an enormous video screen backdrop that transformed the barren stage into an ever-changing visual landscape. “King of Sorrow” washed the stage in black-and-white as giant silhouettes danced behind the band.
6/19
Scott McDonald
Perennial favorite “Smooth Operator” began with an incredibly long, neon sign-washed crime-novel prelude that seemed co-opted from a Broadway play.
7/19
Scott McDonald
A souped-up, guitar-driven version of “Paradise” had Adu shaking her moneymaker and dancing, while “No Ordinary Love” turned the sprawling venue into an audience-wide sing-a-long.
8/19
Scott McDonald
But for all of the evening’s spectacle, the pre-encore closer “By My Side” was done without excessive lights, the video screen or any other distractions.
9/19
Scott McDonald
10/19
Scott McDonald
A barefoot Adu roamed the stage at the end of the show in an easy-going manner, basking in the adoration of the standing crowd.
11/19
Scott McDonald
12/19
Scott McDonald
13/19
Scott McDonald
In the end, it was about what it’s always been about: Adu and that amazing voice.
14/19
Scott McDonald
Set List: "Soldier of Love"n"Your Love Is King"n"Skin"n"Kiss of Life"n"Love Is Found"n"In Another Time"n"Smooth"n"Jezebel"n"Bring Me Home"n"Is It a Crime?"n"Stronger Than Pride"n"All About Our Love"n"Paradise"n"Morning Bird"n"King of Sorrow"n"Sweetest Taboo"n"Moon and Sky"n"Pearls"n"No Ordinary Love"n"By Your Side"
15/19
Scott McDonald
16/19
Scott McDonald
17/19
Scott McDonald
Encore: "Cherish the Day"n"Safest Place"
18/19
Scott McDonald
Legend and his 10-piece band ripped through cuts from all four of his albums in front of a backdrop of reflective, hanging squares that looked as if a gigantic disco ball had exploded and stuck to oversize fly strips.
19/19
Scott McDonald
Nine-time Grammy winner John Legend kicked things off with a cover of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.”
Contact Us