John Legend brings All of Me to Berkeley
A night much likened to an MTV Unplugged or Vh1 Storytellers, John Legend brings the best of his catalogue live, in a stripped down version with 4 strings and a guitarist, and him at the helm on a grand piano. For the next two hours, the intimate, and acoustically perfect setting at the Zellerbach Hall at UC Berkeley, held the audience spellbound. Legend’s set-list was an absolute dream, running through his discography, all that was rearranged for specifically for his All of Me tour.
Playing hits from his first album Get Lifted like, Used to Love You, Ordinary People, and So High. And the easiest album to perform for this tour was Once Again, with Maxine, Where Did My Baby Go, Save Room, and of course Again. From Evolver there was Everybody Knows, and even the upbeat Green Light that had you dancing in your seat, followed up by a slick transition into Good Morning. Two covers made the set-list that night, Simon & Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water, and a dark jazzy Dancing in the Dark, that was approved by The Boss himself.
Love in the Future was a tricky album for this tour since it had much more of a synthetic feel than gospel/soul tracks from his previous works, but still Legend killed it with Who Do We Think We Are, You and I, and ending with an absolute gorgeous rendition of All of Me.
John Legend was very friendly and interactive with the crowd, dedicating songs to couples and sharing stories of song writing processes, showing the evolution of them and another story of when he was trying to start up a music career, that whole dialogue was very much like his producer’s track Last Call. The humble, easy going, gentleman does have a bit of an ego nowadays, just like Justin Vernon after working with Kanye, and both of them in my opinion are the best in the game now.