Alicia Keys is playing by her rules, through small venues. The 15 time Grammy winner wants to get closer to her fans. Keys played the TroubadoUr in Los Angeles Wednesday for the intimate presentation of some or her new music. The show, however, became more of a testimony to where she’s been and plans to go.
According to Vibe.com:
Keys described the vibe of Wednesday’s show as a throwback basement party — which in this case meant hot and sweaty at times, strong drinks, fried food, and no cell phones aloud. “I wanna’ thank you for giving up your cell phones,” she said explaining that her intention was to let fans just enjoy the music without distractions. “I want us to have this time together.”
Sprinkled among the venue’s VIP area were the likes of Pharrell and BET executive Steven Hill, alongside a mixture of industry piers , journalists, publicists and more.
Keys debuted what she called “the best music I’ve ever made,” assisted by Young Guru on the turntables, two back-up singers, and a band. Meanwhile, Keys, a classically trained pianist, stood at the piano for an hourlong sound voyage that included 2001’s “Fallen” and her latest single, “In Common.”
The newer records played in a setlist right along side some of her classics, and null of titles. Instead, Keys flowed from one concept to the next, threading redemption and wis
dom next to embolden lyrics like, “Everybody got a past, but you can never go back.”
In closing she Alicia stated:
“No matter what we look like, believe in who we love…I celebrate individuality, I celebrate diversity, I celebrate you,” Keys told the Troubadour audience.