KHALID @ THE GREEK THEATRE
Photos and words by Doug Krantz
Khalid brought The Roxy Tour to The Greek Theatre for two sold out nights, and he made sure the second night was full of surprises.
When the lights went down, the screams went up and a video intro kicked off his show, before the man himself appeared at the back of the stage on a raised platform. Backed by his band, he launched into “8TEEN,” moving around the platform and doing the signature Khalid move, which can only be described as a kick and a spin, he seemed genuinely happy and humbled from start to finish. After the first song he looked at us with a huge grin and remarked “This is crazy!”
The minimal stage featured video content on the screens, and he was occasionally joined by four dancers to complement his own moves. His setlist was comprised of most of his debut album, American Teen collaborations he’s worked on such as the Marshmello track “Silence” and Calvin Harris collab, “Rollin” and he also included songs of his from movie soundtracks such as “The Ways” from Black Panther. He described “The Ways” as a “song from one of my favorite movies.” And living up to his promise of the night being full of surprises, Normani Kordei joined him onstage to perform “Love Lies,” their song from the Love, Simon soundtrack.
But Kordei wasn’t the only surprise Khalid brought for night two at the Greek, earlier in the show he brought Billie Eilish onstage, describing her as a really good friend, and they performed their new duet “lovely.” Before the final few songs, Khalid also invited Miguel to join him onstage and Miguel performed his single “Sky Walker.” Khalid clearly wanted to show us all as much love as we were showing him by making sure that night two of his shows in Los Angeles was just as memorable as the first. He mentioned fans in the pit who had traveled from El Paso, his hometown, to see him here, and took a flower from a fan before he performed an acoustic version of his song “Hopeless.”
As his set started to reach its conclusion, he teased us with some new material, saying he was working on “tons of new songs for you guys” and he was hoping to release the project in the fall. The songs were lovelorn but upbeat with lyrics such as “love don’t come easy especially when you’re loving me,” which seems to say that Khalid shows no signs of slowing down any time soon.