The Chicago Theatre
August 21, 2009
Although not able to attend the actual evening’s event – Macy’s Glamorama – I was still given the opportunity to watch the entire show from beginning to end during the dress rehearsal last Friday afternoon. The only difference being that featured musical guest Ne-Yo was not decked out in his full performance garb planned for the actual event later that evening. Instead, I got the rare chance to see one of my favorite songwriters/performers let loose and perform in “normal” everyday hanging out clothes. It was surprisingly cool to see him not in a designer suit (and tie, of course) or black-and-white tuxedo. I have seen Ne-Yo perform once before in June of 2008 when he opened for Alicia Keys at the Allstate Arena. I missed Ne-Yo’s appearances this summer, both at the annual Taste of Chicago (w/ Keri Hilson) and when he recently headlined The Chicago Theatre for a full-out concert promoting his latest and third album, Year Of The Gentleman. In my defense, nobody would go with me to either of those two Ne-Yo shows and I am tired of going to concerts alone. However, I was not about to miss Ne-Yo for the third time in three months, so skipping the Macy’s Glamorama dress rehearsal was NOT an option.
More photos of Ne-Yo after the jump…
R&B hitmaker Ne-Yo performed his massive single “Miss Independent” after the first designer, Marc Jacobs, showed off his latest collection. Not that I own anything by Marc Jacobs, but his clothes were my personal favorite out of all the designers at Macy’s Glamorama this year. If I had endless financial resources, I would probably buy every outfit worn by every model that walked the runway on The Chicago Theatre’s stage last Friday. After “Miss Independent” came the newest collection from MaxMara. Following the designs of Jean Paul Gaultier, Ne-Yo performed a song I had never heard before, “Back To What You Know,” before launching into another one of his extremely popular songs and first single off of Year Of The Gentleman, “Closer.” Closing out the show was the latest collection of men’s underwear from designer papi. I am going to assume that “Back To What You Know” is Ne-Yo’s next single off of his latest record. Even though I was a little shocked that Ne-Yo didn’t perform his third single “Mad” at the dress rehearsal, I understand that at a fashion show, you typically want to play upbeat dance music. “Mad” is a beautiful piece of music, but is more of a slow, piano ballad and not so much a good fit for supplying uptempo, high-energy beats to keep the audience excited and on the edge of their seats wanting more. Sure enough, Ne-Yo left me wanting more; what I wouldn’t give to see him perform all of his self-penned hits from the three albums he has released in the past three years.
Back To What You Know
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