Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Concert Review: Olivia Rodrigo Captivates Radio City Music Hall with Crystalline Vocals - See Her On the SOUR Tour in 2022

By Markos Papadatos

On Wednesday, April 27, Grammy award-winning artist Olivia Rodrigo (High School Musical: The Musical: The Series" fame)headlined New York's historic Radio City Music Hall for a great turnout of fans. This sold-out show was a part of her popular "Sour" tour.

As she took the hallowed Radio City Music Hall stage, her presence was well-received with a raucous response from the fans, and she kicked off her set with the unapologetic "Brutal." She immediately broke into "jealousy, jealousy," prior to delivering her breakthrough smash hit, her Grammy-winning "Drivers License," where everybody was reciting the lyrics verbatim.
A real treat was when she belted out a distinct cover of Avril Lavigne's "Complicated," which was early '00s nostalgia at its best. Equally impressive was her nonchalant unplugged version of "hope ur ok," where she was able to paint a vivid picture in the minds of her listeners.

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"1 step forward, 3 steps back" was a controlled performance that was pristine and glorious, and she continued with her expressive "Happier." The piano-laden ballad "All I Want" was just as memorable and divine with its conversational lyrics.

Rodrigo and her band had a fun time belting out an enthralling version of the upbeat "Seether." The Disney star also delivered on "Favorite Crime," where she was able to evoke a wide spectrum of raw emotions.

After the stirring powerhouse ballad "Traitor," she closed with the fan-favorite tunes "Deja Vu" and "Good 4 U," which became the theme song of the evening at Radio City.

Over the course of the evening, Rodrigo constantly expressed her love and gratitude to her loyal fans. Rodrigo appeared comfortable on stage, and she was able to provide an escape for her fans and listeners especially during these trying times that the world is going through.

The Verdict

Overall, Olivia Rodrigo put on a vivacious, high-adrenaline, and entertaining live show at Radio City Music Hall. Her crisp, resonant vocals were pure as the driven snow. She proved that her three Grammy Awards (which included wins for "Best New Artist" and "Best Pop Vocal Album" for "Sour") were based on talent and merit. Her live set at the iconic Radio City Music Hall garnered an A rating.

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