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Leon Bridges is an incredible talent. His songwriting is superb and his music has a sound all
his own. The band was excellent and really added a richness to his musicto his music. Loved
the stage, lights, and dance moves. I loved the growth in his music. The opening act was a
really innovative band Masego that I’d go to see again. Had a wonderful time and his fans
David Plihal from Washington, District of Columbia
Came to this show with not a lot of introduction; it was a birthday gift for my daughter, who adores him. I like everything so game for whatever. All I really heard previous was Smooth Sailing, which is a fantastic, sleek and jazzy tune. This guy just seems like the real thing. The show was fantastic, the venue was perfect. He wasn't a presumptuous STAR but rather a natural talent who seemed to shy away from the limelight but knew he had a job to do and did it well- a throwback to all kinds of things- I saw and heard the influences of Aaron Neville, Elvis Presley, Sam Cooke and Miles Davis all rolled into one dynamic yet clunky and sweet performer who was true and beautiful all at once. We had a great time. This guy has miles to go and happy to have been near him.
Anonymous from Baltimore, Maryland
TIME WELL SPENT
Very good show. The opening act, to me, lacked consistency in the sound they produced. It did, however, only make the headliner that much more enjoyable. The crowd was extremely diverse, covering just
about every demographic. Lots and lots of women!!!! Leon Bridges was energetic, rhythmic, and very adept in the delivery of his songs. He definitely connected with his audience and entertained them well.
The young performer is a throwback to a time where things were less hurried,. Great show!!!!
Anne from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
LOUD BAND MUFFLED SINGER
Third time seeing Leon Bridges in Philly...can see how much he has matured and
become less shy on stage...think i like the first album's tour better where the music
was an accompaniment to his singing...this time it was more like he was assisting the
band...the acoustics were not great although the house was packed for a second
night and folks seemed to enjoy themselves....Leon is gifted so i was happy to see
him....the venue charged an additional $40 to stand where we stood for free the last
time we saw him...that was corny...
Marty B. from Milwaukee, Wisconsin
GREAT ARTISTS, DESTRUCTIVE SOUND DESIGN
I love Leon Bridge's work, and it was great seeing him live, along with the incredible
musicians on stage. I have nothing but praise and appreciation. They put on a great
However...why the sound aesthetic was of an arena rock band, with booming, reverb-
heavy bass drum and bass, is absolutely beyond me. It destroyed any clarity of sound
whatsoever, resulting in a mash of sound that overwhelmed Leon's vocals and his backup
singers (who are incredible). Vocals were unintelligible. Why such bass-heavy design for a
subtle, tasteful performer? We left disappointed.
Tim Lebo from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
LEON BRIDGES AT THE FILLMORE.
I was really surprised not to buy fulliy into what was my first time seeing Mr. Bridges live. I
really expected to walk way with my love for his music completely stoked. But that was not
exactly my take away. First the sound was off right from the beginning. It left his vocals at
times, muffled. He is young and I’m sure he will grow as artist. But, to me, the band sounded
like it was a first night effort, not one that is nearing the end of a tour. The music is too good
not to sound perfect.
Sad girl from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
I gave 3 stars to be kind, and because
it was not all that bad. But the music
for sure fell flat. It seemed like it was
all glitz, and about the glam and not
about the music. I was very
fisappointmed. Tickets should have
cost $40 max for what they put out. It
almost felt like it was their first time
Sasha from Toronto, Ontario
I love Leon Bridges, his two albums have been on repeat for me for some time now!
However, at the show here in Toronto I just felt like he sounded tired, hoarse and
wasn't really trying. When he got to a high note or part where he belts out the
chorus, he kind of pulled back or didn't sing at all. He was leaning heavily on the
backup singers to fill in and in fact the sounds was mixed in such a way that the
backup singers were at the same level as his voice. The performance was not worth
the money I paid. It was really disappointing. On a positive note, I did really enjoy the
opening act! And the venue is beautiful, the sunset was amazing over the water and
Dkoko from Detroit, Michigan
LoveLeon, the acoustics were horrible. Barely could hear him. Turn down guitars.
Marie from Nashville TN
TALENT BUT BORING - NASHVILLE MAY 2022
I’m only familiar with the hits. I love the new sound which I listened to on my road trip and was so disappointed. Band overpowered Bridges’ silk voice and honey sound. He looked the bomb in a 70’s vibe but I would have enjoyed it more in my living room. I don’t like to critique performers. We all have up and down days but feedback is always good when constructive: Leon, you are amazing! Maybe tailor the band to your voice.
John from Atlanta, Georgia
GREAT TALENT BUT HORRIBLE SOUND
Bass and bass drum could easily reduce 6 levels. Overall volume down 3-4 levels.
Waste of great talent- sound was offensive and muddy. They should fire their sound engineer.
Chris from Boston, Massachusetts
LOUD BAND > LEON
Really looking forward to seeing Leon. He has amazing songs and style. At 8/17 Boston show hearing Leon sing was a challenge. Overpowering sounds from the band. Also, felt the energy wasn’t there.
BP from Boston, Massachusetts
I attended the show at the Roadrunner on 8/16. The stage, lights, effects, etc were great. But, the sound was not good at all. I could barely understand a single word, whether sung or spoken. I was right next to the sound board so I'm sure they heard the same thing. It was very disappointing because I expected to hear Leon's crisp, clear vocals and instead it was a muffled mess.
Dave from Boston, Massachusetts
Love his music, concert sound was horrible. We wound up leaving halfway through. We could barely hear his vocals over loud, overwhelming bass.
Lucinda scalco from San Diego, California
WANTED TO LOVE IT
So very disappointed. The sound quality was horrific. Leons voice was muffled the entire time. Way too much bass. The venue consistently provides stellar musical quality so what happened.?! Because the sound quality was so bad I was looking forward to hearing familiar songs but he played his new stuff. And lastly, there were no seats, just grass. Would have been nice to know in advance. All in all Id rather have a picnic at the embarcadero with beach chairs and listen to him on pandora while enjoying the boats going by and saving $350.
from Boston, Massachusetts
GO BACK TO THE OLD LEON
Saw Leon during his tour for his first album. Songs were smooth, music was soulful
and Leon put on a good show. Got the crowd involved and had some swag on stage.
My view of the concert admittedly is probably tainted because I think the new "Good
Thing" album is an absolute mess. He'd still be trying to get signed to a label if that
was all he had. He played mostly the songs from that album, moved and danced far
too awkwardly and too much. The backup singers were drowned out by atrocious
bass lines and over complicated sound. The songs he did play from the old album
were re-arranged and ruined. I've seen him twice before and loved it. In Boston,
10/4/2018, not so much.
John from Detroit, Michigan
Leon was difficult to hear. I'm not sure if this was due to the acoustics or how many bass
guitars he had playing with him, but his voice was drowned out a little. Plus, I didn't think he
had that much energy on stage.
Great crowd, though!
Cameron from Chicago, Illinois
BORING SHOW- GREAT SINGER
Honestly, Leon Bridges has a great voice. Thats really the only nice thing I have to say
about the show. Other than that, it was really really boring. I was not entertained,
people were leaving the show early, and it felt very dull. The band and light show did not
impress what so ever. I've seen hundreds of concerts over the years, this was mediocre
at best. Don't get me wrong, it didnt sound bad, it was just really, really boring...
Brit from Seattle, Washington
WONDERFUL SINGER, POOR PERFORMANCE
I was super excited for this show. However, the
whole thing fell flat.
Michael from Los Angeles, California
LB had a phenomenal debut album! I became an instant fan of his throwback talents
and soulful sounds. However, after seeing him perform at the Greek last night, I was
sad to see this rare talent morph into a so-so "crowd-pleasing performer." His band
walked on stage to pre-recorded music, which set a tone of in-authenticity. Leon
regaled the audience with an awkward attempt to mimic Usher through his jerky
dance moves, bedazzled microphone, and lack of Leon playing the guitar. His appeal
to my friends and me was his laid back smooth vocal style and musicianship. He
now seems to be more focused on the flash than the skill. His range was strained
and the best part of his performance was when he let the audience sing along with
the band's vocalists. I hope he forgets about the glitz of his newly found fame, and
focuses on the music, connection with story, and soul that got him there. I would
pay $20-$40 to see him again, but not worth the $100 ticket price.
Naydn R Best from Denver, Colorado
SOUND ROBBED LEON
The sound was terrible, too much base robbed Leon of his performance. I was extremely disappointed. I’ve seen him live at the Fillmore, an amazing energetic entertainer. Tonight I couldn’t hear him sing or any melodic sounds.
Scott Fincher from Denver, Colorado
FIRE THE SOUND ENGINEER
Everything I love about Leon's music was not present at the Mission Ballroom show on 10/4/21. My first - and probalby last - time seeing him live, some of the difference may be between his studio and live music but the mix was awful. The bass was so over-powering I honestly felt my shirt move in the breeze. Everything was so loud and indistinct, there was no crispness between the musicians, back up singers and Leon's voice. The melodies, his vocal gymnastics, all lost by turning everything up to 11.
Stage lights blinding at times, my retinas were burned for the drive home.
If I had know he planned to play his new album start to finish, I probably would not have gotten tickets.
And what happened the the Maria's, included on the bill as special guests?
Andy from Denver, Colorado
Love Leon's voice. Not a fan of the new stuff/album. It seemed like they were trying to manufacture something too jazz/soul fusion versus the old -school vibe that Leon seems to be more of a natural fit in. Go back to the old.
We left early as we were really bored. The band and Leon did not really engage the crowd at all. One of the most disappointing shows I've ever been to.
Aka LB too from Denver, Colorado
RED ROCKS-CO 2021
Second time seeing Leon Bridges at Red Rocks. 2018 show was amazing and unforgettable! 2021 show was lacking and left us wishing for better. Band did not seem in sync with LB and vocals were out of tune. Still a fan but was hoping for more soul and funk after over a year of COVID, new album promotion, and price paid for tickets. We did not stay for encore and glad we left when we did. Mad props to everyone’s effort to tour however sad to admit doubts we will appear next time.
Kelly from Ann Arbor, MI
I love Leon Bridges. I own three of his albums and play them all of the time (with a heavy rotation on my spotify account, as well). The warm up was about 40 minutes with a 40 minute break in between that and the main performance. Mr. Bridges sang for less than an hour and I only recognized three songs, despite the many he's released as singles. He seemed uncomfortable on stage, with his back up singers being significantly more animated than he was, which isn't saying much as they were reserved. The sound was so muffled it was like being serenaded through a burger king drive through speaker. Only reason I'm giving it two stars is because the lighting crew was spot on and did a great job. But I didn't spend all of that money to look at lights, tyvm.
Royce Pendley from Louisville, Kentucky
Paid for up close expensive tickets so the wife could see his face. He wore a hat and BIG glasses...couldn't even tell if it was him. Sound was so bass heavy you couldn't understand the words unless you already knew the songs (we did).
Bad...BAD concert. He seemed as if he wasn't feeling well...if so, tell the audience so we would be understanding.
Probably last time we'll ever go to a concert at the Louisville Palace...not a good venue for this type of music.
Jon from Charlotte, North Carolina
Left early along with many others. Sound quality was poor and all songs sounded the same. Just a boring show and couldn’t make out the words. Smaller outdoor venue so not an arena show.
Mike from Austin, Texas
SOUND QUALITY WAS NOTHING BUT BAD
We were really looking forward to seeing and hearing Mr. Bridges on his new tour. We missed seeing him in Austin previously, and had high expectations for the show. The reason for the low rating is 100% sound quality. We’ve seen several other shows at Moody, but the sound quality last night felt like they didn’t do a sound check. The vocals were muffled, and even his most recognized songs couldn’t be understood. It sounded like someone set the frequency range between 20 and 100 Hz. Moody or Bridges sound team really whiffed last night.
Jack from Chicago, Illinois
MUFFLED VOCALS—NOT MANY UPTEMPO SONGS
Very underwhelming and not much energy. Leon didn’t dance much and his vocals were muddy. Let waiting for the show to pick up and then it was over. Love Leon’s records and previous show I’ve seen but this was just kind of boring unfortunately.
Geoff from Berkeley, California
Like others have said, sound was bad and ruined the show. Sound for the opener was good so not the sound engineer, but rather sound choices by the band. Muddy/fuzzy, vocals drowned out, overly loud.
Allison H from Birmingham, Alabama
BJCC ALL WRONG
I love concerts and live music. In almost any form they are entertaining, worthwhile, and enjoyable. The April performance with Leon Bridges in Birmingham, AL, at the BJCC was none of those things. When the sound allowed, his voice and talent were truly amazing, but 99% of the night's performance was drowned out by high volume, disorganized and muffled sounds. His words were indistinct and indiscernible. The audio experience was terrible. This was in no way due to the artist, performers, back-up singers, but more the acoustics in the venue itself. Our tickets were great! Orchestra Row J seat 101 and the one beside it. Distance to the stage wasn't a problem. 45 minutes into the performance, we left. SO SAD-- Leon Bridges is great/talented/amazing/inspiring and the whole deal was ruined by loud, disorganized sounds coming from difference directions. We requested a refund from Ticketmaster that was declined, only furthering the disappointment of the experience and the night. Avoid BJCC
Karen from Denver, Colorado
DISAPPOINTED AND LEFT EARLY
Saw Leon at Mission Ballroom in Denver 10/4/2021. The opening act Abraham Alexander was much better than Leon Bridges. The band was so loud your heart vibrated and you could not hear a word he was singing. On one song there was a piano solo that sounded like an unsupervised toddler just banging on the keys. Went with my 21 yr old daughter and even turned to me and said WTF is this? The backup band was trying to sound like some 70s funk and failed miserably. We left way early, along with a lot of other people. When they played Beyond you could barely recognize it and you couldn’t hear the words. After that we gave up. It was horrible. What a waste. Haven’t walked out on a concert EVER. Wish I never went to this one.
Jackie from Richmond, Virginia
WORST CONCERT EVER!
I've never walked out of a concert in 35 years! Love all music from classical to rap. Acoustics in Altria Theater were horrible. But Bridges crew should have adjusted sound to stop band from completely drowning out Leon. Really can't believe they didn't fix this after the show started. Could not hear him at all when speaking or even when singing. It was completely garbled and all band. His voice sounded terrible. Even backup singers were lame. He didn't hit any of the notes in "Beyond." Didn't even sound like the same song or person. Worst show ever. I will never pay to see a band at this venue again. Save your money from Leon Bridges AND Altria Theater.
CKM from Richmond, Virginia
AGREE, FIRE THE SOUND ENGINEER.
Disappointed in this concert, so loud, could not appreciate the work of Mr. Bridges over the bass. Poor energy, seemed less than interested in preforming. Audience encouraged to stand at start of concert as Mr. Bridges walked out. They remained standing 3 songs in. Went to house manager to be moved to another seat as I would not be standing for this concert. Got front row balcony, great seats. No improvement in sound though. Stayed 2 more songs and gave up. Hats off to the house manager for accommodating the issue of standing concert goers.
Mara R from Louisville, Kentucky
I was so shocked; the sound was off; the vibe was off and never improved. The whole top balcony sat in silence and often squirming in discomfort. The sound was just not mixed right. Major Bummer for top prices
Disappointed from Pittsburgh from Louisville, Kentucky
TERRIBLE SOUND QUALITY
Really disappointed but the sound quality. The band was too loud and your couldn’t hear Leon. Some of it is his new sound which is over engineered for my taste. But even when he played a song that should have featured his vocals you could hear him. Several people complained to the Palace staff and many others left early. No one wanted an encore.
Craig from Austin, Texas
FIRST MOODY CENTER VISIT FOR LEON BRIDGES SHOW AUG, '22
The low star rating is for the Moody Center, not Leon Bridges. We left about 5 songs in because the sound was so distorted it was a waste of time to sit there being stunned how crappy and un-fun that made the show. We were in section 107, one level above main floor... view and comfort of seats was great, but I don't think I could understand more than ten words of lyrics, and Leon's songs are very much about the lyrics. Also, be prepared for price gouging .... 2 bottles water, 1 draft beer, 1 vodka/strawberry drink (all in single use plastic), 15% tip ---- 75 bucks. All in all, the evening was an experience.... one we won't be going back to any time soon.
Leanne lacewell from Austin, Texas
NOT WHAT WE EXPECTED
This is perhaps the worst concert I’ve been to in my 50 years. The new Moody Center is supposed to be great but the sound was off (band was too loud and overpowered Leon which may have been Leon’s team’s issue and not the venue) and he seemed lost on the stage. This would have been better (hopefully) in a more intimate venue. His Elvis get up and bad dance move (cause he only has one) didn’t help. The crowd was disinterested and many were leaving midway through. I’ve never looked at my watch and hoped for it to be over like I did last night. He needs better song transitions and probably a better crew-the band and backup singers were pretty good, especially the drummer and one woman backup singer. If he’s in a small venue sitting behind a microphone I might see him again, otherwise save your money.
Chris from Austin, Texas
The sound/acoustics were horrible. You couldn’t understand a thing he was saying.
from Chicago, Illinois
I love his music however I felt his performance in Chicago was awful! He didn’t connect with the audience, hey was out of tune and lacked body and soul! Not what I expected at all!
Richmond Exp from Chicago, Illinois
IT WAS AWFUL
Poor vocals, didn’t connect with the audience, lacking in every aspect! I love your music but not a great experience in Chicago!
KGE from Santa Barbara, California
HIS RECORDINGS ARE GOOD HIS LIVE SHOW ISN’T
Terrible show, we left after 5 songs. He is a good singer, his sound was not good, his below average band was so loud that it drowned out his voice. His sound guys owe me a refund on my tickets. His lighting also was also disappointing. My opinion, save your money for someone else.
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