I went to the Demi Lovato concert at Air Canada Centre last night. It’s not a super flashy show, there’s not a lot to the stage, there are some interesting transitions – like when her dancers show up at various places under spotlight all around the arena pretending to be her during a costume change – but she herself doesn’t participate in much of the choreography. The point of the entire production, however, is Demi and the strength of her vocals. Her voice holds everything up.
Last Friday, Demi celebrated her “6 year sober birthday” during her performance in Brooklyn, telling her fans about the importance of mental health, about how she works to maintain sobriety, and why she shares her experiences every chance she gets:
"The reason why I became so open about my story is because I know that there are people here tonight that need to ask for help and I want them to know that it's OK. Mental health is something that we all need to talk about and we need to take the stigma away from it. So let's raise the awareness. Let's let everybody know it's OK to have a mental illness and addiction problem. I'm bipolar, whatever. I take care of myself."
I went home thinking about how her fans respond to those messages, how much they know about her struggles, the ugliest times in her life, what they take away from seeing her where she is now and whether or not that matches up with what I was seeing – an artist, just 25 years old, who’s been famous for a long, long, LONG time, but who doesn’t seem removed, the way some artists do, even when they’re right in front of you. Demi Lovato’s defining feature as a celebrity is that she’s tangible.
She also has a STRONG wig game. When the tour video eventually comes out, I hope there are a couple of minutes dedicated to Demi’s hair changes because I need to get off on the work porn involved in making that happen. She opens the show with a pin-straight long hair down to her ass. From there it’s two super long braids on either side of her head. And then after that it’s a beachy wave that’s about chest length and each time it only takes a few minutes for the transformation. Which is f-cking impressive, at least to me, because the hairline always looks perfect, edges totally perfect. Having just spent 5 hours making a wig happen at the Oscars, and two of those hours were committed entirely to getting the hairline right with glue and makeup and adjustments, I need to know how Demi’s people are doing it so fast.
Attached – there aren’t many high quality photos from the Toronto show last night so here are some shots from her performance in Brooklyn. See? Hair game is ON.
Yours in gossip,