On Wednesday 10th April, American actor and singer-songwriter Joshua Bassett concluded his The Complicated Tour at London’s O2 Forum Kentish Town. After having to cancel his previous UK/EU tour it’s safe to say Joshua’s dedicated British fans were eager to finally get the opportunity to see the talented musician perform.
The first support act of the night was Texas-born singer-songwriter Jenna Raine, who joined the tour specifically for the two sold-out London shows. Taking to the stage solo with her acoustic guitar Raine performed an array of her love songs including “Stupid Cupid” and “see you later(ten years)”. She also performed a beautiful cover of Harry Styles’ much loved hit “As It Was”.
Second supporting act of the night was Canadian singer-songwriter Stacey Ryan, who we were lucky enough to cover at her I Don’t Know What Love Is EP launch show in New York last month. Stacey performed many of her songs including “Deep End”, “Somebody Good” and “Fall In Love Alone”. For good meausre the singer-songwriter also showcase her vocals in a lovely cover of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”.
As the light dimmed and the bands stepped on the stage the audience screamed with anticipation. The band kicked off with the upbeat track “Feel Something” as the lights flashed and Joshua Bassett ran onto the stage, leaping onto the small platform at the front of the stage to be close to his dedicated fans. The talented 22 year old danced his way across the stage, whilst maintaining his killer vocals. He went on to perform “Secret” and “Doppelgänger”, taking time to step down into the barricaded area and greet his adoring fans.
Slowing down the night, he went on showcase his mercerising vocals to perform “LA” and “Used To It”. When introducing High School Musical The Musical The Series track “Finally Free” Bassett gave a speech about how he is grateful to be a part of the show and having the freedom to write and perform music for the show. Joshua Bassett has so much love and appreciation for his audience, it is truly a beautiful thing to witness. He made a habit of working his way around the venue to say hello to as many fans as possible, this includes going into the centre of the crowd to perform “Common Sense” and going up into the balcony during “Different” and “Smoke Slow”.
Prior to performing his extremely heartbreaking track “Lifeline” from his Sad Songs in a Hotel Room EP, Joshua gave a speech about his personal health struggles that inspired the song. This received plenty of ‘we love you’ chants from the crowd, showing the singer just how love he is. Since the show was the last of the entire tour Joshua made it extra special and performed a brand new unreleased song (which was only finished 3 hours before the show!) called “Love Me or Let Me Go” and it was entirely captivating. The final song prior to the encore was fan favourite “Set Me Free”, which saw the crowd screaming the lyrics ‘it’s been a f***ing year’ back to the singer. Bassett stood on top of the piano for his signature jump during the chorus of the song. He shared his thanks with the crowd before gracefully leaving the stage.
As the fans eagerly awaited the singer to take to the stage one last time they were surprised by hearing him shout ‘you thought I was gone…you can’t get rid of me yet’ but no being able to see him. Turns out the singer took a detour outside the venue to then reappear at the back of standing area to say hello to the fans up close one more time, whilst kicking off the upbeat track “SHE SAID HE SAID SHE SAID”. As Bassett made his way back to the stage he danced around with a pure sense of euphoria, it was clearly such an important night for him. He clearly wanted to make the final night of The Complicated Tour memorable, which lead to him ripping his vest off with excitement before returning to dancing around the stage shirtless for the remainder of the song. Joshua Bassett is a born star and he definitely deserves every bit of love, support and admiration he receives by his dedicated fan base. We certainly can’t wait for him to return to London again soon.
Words and photos by Megan Wales-Harding.
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