“Really quickly, about 10am this morning, I was in the doctor’s office. I wasn’t going to be able to sing tonight,” Charlie Puth said to a near capacity crowd at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Tuesday night (August 14). “We’ve been doing back-to-back-to-back shows. Thanks for your energy as well.”
Despite not almost not being able to perform a mere hours ahead of showtime, the singer — who has currently been on a cross-country tour in support of his sophomore album, Voicenotes — carried on through his 75-minute set as if it was business as usual. While Puth did struggle at certain times vocally, he was able to mask it by making his set a 6000+ person singalong, which wasn’t hard to do considering the mass of infectious songs Puth has to his name in very short but impactful career thus far.
As Puth as mentioned many times, even though Voicenotes is the singer-songwriter’s second go-around, he claims that it is his true debut album; learning from his “mistakes” on his debut Nine Track Mind. The singer’s new “debut” also did somewhat reflect his demeanor onstage. At times, Puth was charismatic in his shyness and awkwardness reminding the crowd (or informing as he pointed out that a good chunk of the audience might have been dragged to their show by their teenager daughter or son) that he had no intention of being an artist himself but rather staying in the background as a songwriter. But there were moments that Puth did appear like he was performing for the first time, or at the very least for the first time in front of this many people.
Puth’s repertoire, however, really outshines any insecurities he might have in front of a crowd. Voicenotes is one of the year’s best pop albums and Puth delivers it with full force and didn’t let a little vocal strain hinder him in the process.
I left the Greek that night partially deaf in my right ear caused by the intense and powerful shrieks pouring out of the girls in my section. Love him or hate him, Puth has got the power and the crowd is ready to plug in.
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