Kid Rock’s Full Senate Speech From The First Little Caesars Arena Concert

DETROIT, MI – Kid Rock for U.S. Senate in 2018 is not official, but the Detroit area rocker is already delivering campaign speeches. Sort of.

Amid protests outside of Little Caesars Arena calling for his concerts to be cancelled, and accusations of campaign finance violations, Rock received some of his loudest cheers at the inaugural Little Caesars Arena concert on Sept. 12 when he gave fans a mock political speech.

Just one song into the show, Rock left the stage and returned to an introduction: “Ladies and Gentlemen. Will you please welcome, the next Senator of the great state of Michigan, Kid Rock.” Then, “Hail to the Chief” played. A graphic on the screen said “Kid Rock ’18 For U.S. Senate.”

Rock took the podium and delivered this more than four-minute intense speech:

“What’s going on in the world today? Seems the government wants to give everyone health insurance, but wants us all to pay. To be very frank, I really don’t have a problem with that since God has blessed me and made my pockets fat. But, if redistribution of wealth seems more like their plan, then I don’t believe you should save, sacrifice, do things by the book and then have to take care of some dead beat, milking the system, lazy ass @#$#$ man.”


“The issue of struggling single parents is an issue close to my heart. But, read my lips: We should not reward those who can’t even take care of themselves but keep having kid after @##% kid. Of course we should help them out. I don’t want to stand here and sound like a jerk. But let’s help them out with child care, job training and find them a @#$# place to work.”

“And you deadbeat dads who refuse to be a man. Who refuse to be there for your sons and raise them up to be good men. You no-good derelict sperm donor wannabees. I say lock all you a-holes up and throw away all the keys.”

“If you want to take a knee or sit during our Star Spangled Banner, call me a racist because I’m not PC and remind me that Black lives matter. Nazis, @@#% bigots and now the KKK. I say @#$# all you racists. Stay the hell away.”

“And why these days is everything so gay? Gay rights. Transgender this and that. I say let gay folks get married if they want and I’m not even close to a death trap. But things shouldn’t be this complicated. And, no, you don’t get to choose, because whatever you have between your legs should determine the bathroom that you use.”

“It’s no secret we’re divided and we all should take some blame. We should be ashamed because we all seem scared to call him by his name. (Picture of Jesus appears) So, please almighty Jesus, if you’re looking down tonight, please guide us with your wisdom and give us the strength to fight. To fight the tyrant evils that lurk here and abroad and remind us all we are still just one nation under God.”


“I do believe it to be self-evident that we are all created equal. I said it once, I’ll scream it again. I love black people. And, I love white people. But, neither as much as I love red, white and blue. And, if Kid Rock for Senate has some people in disarray, wait until they hear Kid Rock for President of the U-S-A.”

“Wouldn’t it be a sight to see. President Kid Rock in Washington, D.C. Standing on the desk in the Oval Office like a G. Holding my @#$@ ready to address the whole country. I’d look them straight in the eyes. The eyes of the nation live on TV. And I simply turn. You’ve never met a @#$# quite like me.”


Rock says he is considering a run for U.S. Senate in Michigan. He even has Kid Rock for U.S. Senate shirts available for sale online and at his concerts. In a recent MLive interview, Ted Nugent says Rock has no plans to run for U.S. Senate.

Meanwhile, the D.C. based organization Common Cause has accused Rock of violating finance rules. The complaint argues despite the Rock’s statements to the contrary, he should be considered an official candidate based on the merchandise sold and the continued existence of the Kid Rock for Senate website.



Taken from Mlive.com

Stars Of Eurovision 2016 Promise It’s Going To Be A ‘Very Gay Year’

eurovision-2016 (1)Huge crowds watched as artists from 42 participating countries walked the red carpet for the opening ceremony of Eurovision 2016, in Stockholm, yesterday.

Gay Star News was on the red carpet and talked to many of the fabulous performers as they arrived at the star-studded event.

Christer Bjorkman, the contest producer, and Petra Mede, one of the show’s hosts were among the first on the carpet.

Sweden last hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013, when we at Gay Star News proclaimed it the ‘gayest Eurovision ever’. How will the 2016 contest compare – will it be just as good?

Christer told us: ‘If you perceived it as gay last time you probably will this time. It has a lot to do with Petra’s humor. She’s sort of an icon for us.’

Petra added: ‘It’s going to be just as gay – don’t you worry.’

UK artists Joe and Jake seemed very appreciate of Eurovision’s LGBTI audience. Joe told GSN: ‘We’ve had a lot of love from all of the gay community and all the gay fans, and we’d like to give that love back to them and just say thank you.’




Nicky Byrne from Westlife is representing Ireland this year. We asked him about Eurovision’s large LGBTI viewership. ‘It’s the same as every viewer. To me – gay, straight – it makes no difference. So, everybody is out to have fun, enjoy the show, and vote for Ireland.’

Serhat, the performer representing San Marino was a little more philosophical. ‘They ask me what is the color of life? Life is beautiful with all colors. That is my message.’

Though there are many flamboyant performances, the number of openly LGBTI contestants historically has been very low.

Douwe Bob, the artist representing the Netherlands, is a rare exception and is openly bisexual. ‘I think personally it shouldn’t matter if you are gay or not. If you are a fan of something you love, that’s a good thing. It’s a beautiful thing.’ When asked about being an out contestant, Douwe added: ‘I don’t consider myself out because I’ve never been in.’




Jamala from the Ukraine thinks it’s important that all artists can be authentic. ‘Be real, be yourself. No matter what they say we have important thing that god creates us and we are different and it’s a good thing that we can be different.’ Michal Szpak from Poland added: ‘Just be yourself’

While it is becoming easier to be openly LGBTI in many European countries, it’s still a challenge in others.

Ira Losco from Malta had words of support for LGBTI people in more difficult countries. ‘I hope that coming out isn’t too hard. For some people because that’s always the worst part. Just know that people will love you no matter what. Just keep strong and believe in yourself. People around you love you.’

Christina Lachana, the lead singer from band Argo representing Greece was equally encouraging. ‘Think positive. Enjoy every good stuff in your life.’

Sandhja, representing Finland, see’s Eurovision as a unifying force. ‘It shouldn’t be about being gay or lesbian or straight. Music and love and healing all come together in a holy triangle. I believe that music brings people together.’

Our Eurovision coverage will continue throughout the week. If you have a favorite Eurovision song from this year, let us know.


 

Taken From GayStarNews.Com


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Danny Dyer Stars As Drag Queen In Moving New Music Video

The EastEnders star features in a new video from British singer Lucy Rose

Danny Dyer DragEastEnders’ Danny Dyer has taken on one of his most challenging roles – becoming a drag queen for a guest appearance in a music video.

The British actor (who plays Queen Vic landlord Mick Carter in the long-running BBC soap) features in the new video from singer Lucy Rose.

Entitled ‘Nebraska’, the film, directed by Christopher McGill, also includes Ghostpoet, Rae Morris and Josef Salvat.

In the video, Dyer plays a man who is struggling with his desire to dress as a woman. He visits a London drag club and after watching the acts, goes to the dressing room with his own bag of make-up and sequin-encrusted gown.

Speaking to The Independent, Dyer said, ‘I was honored to be asked by the maestro that is Lucy Rose to be part of her video.

‘When I got the treatment through I was overwhelmed. I think it’s such a moving piece of work. I’m beyond proud to be part of it, I’ve always believed that people should be who they wanna be, regardless of race or gender.

‘Freedom of expression is so important – I really hope that this video gets the recognition it deserves.’



British singer Rose released her sophomore album, Work It Out, last October. It reached number 9 on the UK album charts. She said that she had reached out to Dyer after she noticed he began following her on Twitter and recommending her music.

‘I built up the courage and sent him a private message asking if he would be interested in collaborating on a music video. This was back in August 2015 and straight away he was keen and really enthusiastic.

‘We discussed which song to do, I gave a few options and he chose ‘Nebraska’ which suited me down to the ground as it’s a song that I think really shows a different side to my record.’

She said that the idea for the video came from director Chris McGill, and although she loved it, was ‘bricking it’ at the idea of sending it to Dyer.

‘How could I ask Danny to do what we were asking him to do? The miracle to this story is that almost an hour after I sent over the treatment he replied saying lets do it, I’ve always wanted to be a drag queen.’

‘This video to me isn’t about Danny being a drag queen but a freedom of expression and a form of escapism. I’m sure there’s many things we all want to do but we are worried that it means we won’t fit in. Fit into the mold that society has told us to live in which is accepted.

‘Let everyone be who they want and don’t make them justify their choices.’




 

Taken from GayStarNews.Com

 

Gay Music Video Makers Defend Raunchy Song

After the Kenya Film Classification Board banned a music video depicting same sex relationships by Kenyan band Art Attack, the band members have come out to defend themselves.

KFCB banned the video titled Same Love (Remix) because “it does not adhere to the morals of the country”.

In an email interview with Word Is, Art Attack said: “Obviously, someone alerted KFCB about the video. It’s that simple, really. Either that or they stalk me. And were among the first people to watch it after it dropped. Kidding, they must have heard it from the grapevine, really. And then sprung to action.”

What went through your head when they banned it? “Nothing. I expected a ban anyway. I was actually surprised it took that long — a week — for them to eventually ban it. So I wasn’t surprised. Bans happen all the time. These are the same guys who banned 50 Shades of Grey, right? And still allow us to watch Empire, Haves and Have Nots and other shows with a strong gay narrative? Hmmm. OK.”




 

The group of rappers under the Art Attack umbrella are not featured in the music video. It features known LGBT faces like Noti Flow, Joji Baro, Binyavanga Wainaina and the late South African music legend Brenda Fassie.

“I was inspired by Michael Jackson’s decision not to feature in music videos for his social conscience songs ‘Cry’ and ‘Heal the World’. I followed the same pattern. And stayed away from the video myself,” he said.

They added that KFCB has not seen the last of them, as they have ‘big plans’. “We can’t divulge what’s in store. Surely, you will have to wait and watch it happen. KFCB’s ban is not the end of the narrative. But the interesting start. We’re emboldened. And will be rolling out hotter stuff in no time.”

In conclusion, the group noted: “What adults do in the confines of their bedroom is their own business. Not anyone else’s. Not the government’s. Nor the public’s. And certainly not the business of Twitter users. Live and let live. As for the Bible-quoting bigots, start a church. We are not listening.”

By the time we went to press, the banned video had more than 110,000 views on YouTube.


Taken from The-Star.Co.Ke

Eurovision Winner Conchita Wurst Says Australia Looks Like Gay Heaven, But The Reality Is Different

conchita 2Australia looks like “gay heaven” to the rest of the world but the reality is somewhat different as Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst discovered on her first visit.

“You know, we think everybody is very liberal, very open-minded, the whole city [is] celebrating Mardi Gras,” Wurst said.

“And then I came here two years ago and they told me that gay marriage is just not happening.

“I could not believe it. How can you combine those two worlds?”



Wurst, who will be performing at the Sydney Opera House on Thursday as part of this year’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, has been caught in the crossfire of tolerance and bigotry since winning the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest.
Wurst’s victory with the power ballad Rise Like a Phoenix prompted widespread praise and homophobic criticism particularly from Russia, where President Vladimir Putin’s government had enacted a law restricting gay and lesbian rights in 2013.
Austria’s president Heinz Fischer declared it was “not just a victory for Austria, but above all for diversity and tolerance in Europe”.
However, Russian national politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky expressed outrage: “Fifty years ago the Soviet army occupied Austria. We made a mistake in freeing Austria. We should have stayed.”

Russian men, meanwhile, posted photos on social media showing them shaving off their beards in protest at Wurst robbing facial hair of its masculinity.

“I don’t understand why people spend so much time thinking about me if they don’t like what I do,” Wurst says. “I couldn’t care less about things I don’t like.”

Wurst, the alter ego of 27-year-old Thomas Neuwirth, grows a beard because she said otherwise “my face would look like the face of a 12-year-old”.

She expressed wonderment at the depth of hostility caused by her Eurovision win: “I’m not that powerful to take out the masculinity of a beard.”

Yet Wurst has become a global gay icon and spokesman for gay rights, performing at Pride festivals across Europe as well as at an anti-discrimination event held at the European Parliament in Brussels and at the United Nations Office at Vienna in front of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.

Beyond gay rights, Wurst is vocal about other human rights issues such as the plight of Syrian refugees in Europe. Austria is one of a number of European countries that has capped the number of refugees it will accept this year.

“If you were in this situation, if you have to leave your home because there’s nothing worth staying, you would wish to meet people who would treat you respectfully,” she said.

Wurst will perform her show Conchita: From Vienna with Love with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and singers Trevor Ashley, Paul Capsis​ and Courtney Act​.

“Everyone on the planet who makes music wants to be on that stage and I can’t even tell you how honoured and happy I am to be in this position,” she said.

Wurst will perform songs from her debut album as well as showstoppers by divas such as Shirley Bassey, but she distinguishes her act from typical drag queen fare.

“I thought as a drag queen I needed to be loud, over-the-top, kinda of bitchy like many drag queens we know,” she said. “We all enjoy that … but I’m just not that kind of person. I see myself as quite boring and simple.”

Despite her advocacy of marriage equality, Wurst remains single (“I’m married to myself”).

Wurst called herself a “very complicated person” and said she was a different person in a relationship.

“I totally change my mindset and I really turn into a very annoying person,” she said. “I’m jealous, I’m moody, I’m really not good to be around as a boyfriend.”

She added: “I did not know this would turn into a psychological thing.”





Conchita: From Vienna with Love is at the Sydney Opera House on March 3.

 

Taken from SMH.com.au

Jordan Gray On Leading Trans Awareness On ‘The Voice’

Although Jordan Gray couldn’t turn the judges around on The Voice, she’s hopeful she will continue setting an example for trans people around the world.

jordan gray1 We caught up with the singer to talk The Voice, music, coming out and raising trans awareness on Saturday night telly.

Jordan! You’re the first transgender contestant on The Voice. Does a platform like this give you a chance to teach people about trans issues? Absolutely, and I take the responsibility very seriously. I’m really happy and life is too short to let things bother you, so it’s a wonderful responsibility. I’m VERY happy about it!

What’s the main message you hoped to send by being on the show, other than the fact you’re a great singer? I’m a singer first, a woman second and a transgender person third – and there’s a lot more of trans people on TV nowadays which is great.

You’ve been performing for two years as a woman. What was it like the first time you performed as the real you?It was liberating because I chose a night when I didn’t think there would be that many people at the bar I was playing at. It was just close friends and family and they had no idea! It was just a wonderful experience because they were so accepting!




It led me to come out as transgender on stage at the Essex Entertainment Awards in front of my whole county. That was AMAZING! It’s a moment that will always stay with me because Essex really surprised me. I’m from Thurrock, originally Essex, and I was so scared about how they would react, but they were all so wonderful so there’s no complaints from me as my county has been really really good to me!

Have you ever had any negative or transphobic reactions when performing? I’ve played boozers in the past and people don’t always quite understand it, but like I say life is just too short to let that bother you. I can usually get everybody on side with a bit of American Pie or Summer of 69. I chuck in a good song that everybody knows and suddenly everyone’s my best friend again! [Laughs]

Did you hope to help change attitudes across the entire country by being on the show, too? Yeah absolutely. I just think the more visible you can be as a trans person the better; and showing trans people in every walk of life is really important. Obviously I’m a musician, but we’re not all entertainers, and I think that’s an important thing. I’m not trying to speak on behalf of all transgender people and I would never claim to, but I do hope to be a positive example.

Who would have been your biggest threat in the competition? If I had got through, then I think my biggest threat would probably have been Lydia Lucy. She has such a massive and powerful voice.

Who are your influences music and style wise? It’s a lot of men that influence me. Jeff Buckley, Michael Jackson, David Gray, but also big country singers like Celine Dion and Shania Twain. I sing a wide range of styles so I couldn’t really give you a genre I prefer, but I definitely more piano based music because obviously I play on a keyboard.

You sang Bob Dylan’s Just Like a Woman. Does that song hold any significance to you? Yes, it might have been a bit of a coy choice as a trans woman. It’s actually the most beautiful song, and I thought if I get through or not I want to go out singing that song. It kind of feels like a trans anthem to me now and I just love it.

Which judge do you most look up to? I’ve always been a fan of all of them as they’re all fantastic in their own way. I was excited that Paloma joined the panel actually because I’ve always been a fan of hers. But not just her music but her whole philosophy on life so to be able to perform for her was a really nice treat.

Have you ever done something like The Voice before? Nothing this big, although I’ve been in the business for 10 years so I’ve played a lot of different places. I’ve played in Scandinavia and I played at the o2 Islington Academy really recently and that was under my stage name, Tall Dark Friend. I’ve done a lot of stuff but this is the most viewers or biggest audience I’ve had in one big swoop.

And finally, how would you describe your performance style? It’s super high energy, for sure. I love medleys and mashing up lots of different styles, so it’s a bit wacky, but I always get the crowd on side and we ALWAYS have fun together!


Taken from GayTimes.co.uk




Holly Johnson – Gay Icon

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Openly and unapologetically gay, partnered to a man for 30 years and responsible for one of the most explicit songs in pop – we couldn’t find a gayer gay icon. Holly found fame and notoriety as the lead singer of agent provocateurs Frankie Goes to Hollywood, is about to release new album Europa this month and happily dishes the dirt on that golden era of gay pop music.

We meet Holly at a members club in Soho, though it’s not our first encounter. He’s a champion and supporter of new gay artists, and we’ve bumped into him at a couple of gigs like The Irrepressibles and Xiu Xiu. So straight away, we’re catching up with the warm Liverpudlian and into chatty mode. We start swapping stories and discussing someone who’s been interviewed recently in GT, but wasn’t prepared to talk about their sexuality. Despite being quite gay.

“For me, it’s really weird, having always been open about it since 1983 when I first did an interview for NME. It seems really strange we’re in that state of affairs, brushing it all under the carpet for higher record sales and acceptance. It’s almost as if me and Jimmy Somerville and all that work in the 80s has been for nothing in a sense, in pop music.”

Our conversation takes many jumps and tangents – “You haven’t seen Kate Bush? You’re such a rubbish gay!” – but keeps coming back to the 80s. And in particular, the lack of camaraderie between fellow gays of the time.

“It was highly bitchy,” Holly says when we ask him if there was any sense of community. “You’d be sitting next to another gay artist in the makeup chair, in the BBC or wherever in the world, and not speaking to them. That went on A LOT. It’s a totally different atmosphere, because it was competition in a sense. ‘Only room for one queen in this town!’ It was a little bit like that. I remember Morrissey coming up to me and standing very close on Top of the Pops with a hearing aid in his ear and I remember thinking ‘I’m not speaking to her…’” and here, Holly is on full on stand-up comedy routine, putting on a mock-affected voice and making us laugh far too raucously for the hushed surrounds of a sophisticated daytime members club.

“She’s only number 32 this week, we’re number one! Turned me nose up, turned on me heel and walked away…”

Both Gay Times and Frankie Goes to Hollywood took some of the flack of the era, with the hysterical approach to homophobia. Obscenity trials, blasphemy, being banned from the radio by the BBC – all these things were common place, from the expected sources and a few surprising ones.

“Mary Whitehouse. She didn’t like Relax either,” he says with a knowing grin. “But neither did Boy George. He wrote to Sounds, which was a music paper at the time, saying that we gave gays a bad name – which is quite funny… now. During the 80s, it was a little bit like Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, if you know what I mean.”

Oh, we do. “We did become really good friends later on, everything’s tickety-boo now.”


 

We love hearing stories like this. We could listen to inter-popstar banter all day, and Holly really hit his stride when the dictaphone was turned off – let’s just say the classic rock and pop closet is more crowded than you’d think. But we’re not here to dish the dirt. We’re here to salute Mr Johnson’s status as a genuine, bona fide gay icon.

“I’m SUCH an icon!” Holly claims, dripping with sarcasm. “I’m not even an icon in the traditional sense, I think of Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli, Barbra Streisand, Mariah Carey… I thought you had to be female and with a bit of a tragic backstory; alcohol, pregnancy situation, once being married to David Gest…” we let out another inappropriately loud laugh.

There are many things we can think of that make Holly an icon – mostly for the way he’s lived his life openly as a gay man, and for publicly talking about the realities of being HIV positive, helping to challenge the stigma that remains so strong because people are unwilling to discuss it. And these simple things, played out in the public eye, have a knock on effect of allowing people to live theirs the same way. It is, in a way, a political act.

“It is,” Holly concedes, “but I was never asking for acceptance. I was saying ‘I’m gay and if you don’t like it – up yours!’ It really was like that.”

In Holly’s own eyes, he should have some recognition for being with his boyfriend Wolfgang for three decades.

“That’s quite iconic, being with someone for 30 years. It’s fairly unheard of, isn’t it? I know it exists, but not much. I always say if I’d have killed him, I’d be out by now. Well, he laughs anyway. Politely.”

You probably won’t be surprised to learn that Holly has gone against convention and isn’t married.

“I absolutely respect the people who worked for it, and I’m really glad for the people who want it. Go back tothe 1990s when I was really ill and there was no combination therapy on the horizon, I would’ve done it in a flash to protect my partner from being turfed out of the house, my body being claimed by some family member and him being excluded from the funeral – which was happening all the time to people in that time period.

“I think it’s great that it exists, but some of us don’t feel the need. It’s like children. I always thought that was one of the great things about being gay, that you don’t have to! You can have nephews and nieces and give them back at the end of the day.”

Finally, it’s worth mentioning Holly has a new album out called Europa. From the upbeat synth-pop of latest single In and Out of Love, it has Holly’s soulful vocals stamped all over it. And in an ever-changing record industry, it’s the personal touches that make this very physical release to so special. “I’ve hand signed over 1,000 items. I’ve got wankers cramp. Autographers cramp, we should call it, signing art prints, deluxe CDs, vinyl editions…”

So boys, here’s your chance to lend a helping hand to an out gay artist. And one that’s still a bit of an icon at that.

Words Bob Henderson


 

Taken from GayTimes.Co.Uk

Keke Palmer Refuses To Label Her Sexuality After New Music Video Sparks Bisexual Rumors

“I’m making the rules for myself, and I don’t have to be stuck down to one label.”

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Actress and singer Keke Palmer addressed her sexuality this week, after the music video for her song “I Don’t Belong To You” created speculation that she may be bisexual.

The video finds the Scream Queens star leaving her boyfriend behind to instead hook up with R&B singer Cassie.

“The video was to represent the young woman today – it’s not the traditional woman anymore – and not the specifics of ’Am I gay? Am I straight? Am I bi?’” she shared. “I’m making the rules for myself, and I don’t have to be stuck down to one label.”

“I don’t feel the need to define nothin’ to nobody, because I’m always changing,” she added. “Why say that I’m this or that, when I might not be tomorrow? I’m gonna follow my own feelings and my own heart.”

You can watch the new video for “I Don’t Belong To You” below.

 


 

Taken from NewNowNext.com

Sam Smith Draws Crowd Outside Australian Club Dressed In Police Uniform

Sam Smith has been gaining popularity since he released his debut album, In The Lonely Hour, and apparently not just among music fans. According to the Daily Mail, the 23-year-old singer found himself surrounded by male fans as he was on his way out of Sydney’s Qantas Credit Union Arena, heading to a famous Sydney gay bar called “Stonewall.”
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The reason why male fans took so much interest in Sam Smith — apart from being extremely handsome and a music superstar — is because he was dressed in a tight-fitting NYPD uniform.

The “Money On My Mind” singer, who is currently on a world tour, was apparently inspired by George Michael’s “Outside” music video, which features footage of gay couples. Sam Smith confirmed his outfit on Instagram.

After completing a local show of his current world tour, Sam Smith had a “cheat day” and broke his diet by heading to KFC, according to the Daily Mail. It has been reported that Sam Smith lost as many as 22kg after becoming popular in the music industry.

Sam Smith recently visited Adelaide on his current world tour, performing to a packed crowd at the Adelaide Entertainment Center Theatre, according to the Advertiser.

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Backed by a seven-piece band, Sam Smith was dressed in a black blazer and a white top, and performed his hits to the audience. His performance was full of passion, and he was good at delivering it. With his heart-breaking “Leave Your Lover,” Sam Smith made both young and old cry at the beginning of his show, according to the Advertiser. Accompanied by modest stage setup and an average light show, the singer was all smiles and chirpy, owning the large stage and confidently performing his top hits.

 

Taken from Inquisitr.com