Backed by a guitarist and a string quartet of two violins, cello and viola, Legend accompanied himself on piano during a sold-out, polished and intimate set at the
The nine-time Grammy-winning musician returned to
"It's good to be back in
"You feel all right? I'm feeling good. I'm in a good mood tonight," he continued.
The singer-songwriter performed Thursday in support of his fourth studio album, 2013's "Love In The Future," which reached 18 on the Billboard 200 Chart and peaked at 2 on the Top R&B/HipHop Albums chart. Legend produced the record with longtime collaborators
Smoke drifted through beams of light as Legend emerged center stage in a tuxedo, to the audience's approval. He started the night with a song from the album, "Made to Love," before rewinding back to his earlier albums.
Several women got close up to the performer, seated on couches onstage. Legend advised the rest of the audience not to be jealous, as "they can't use their phones the entire time... can't use the bathroom, either."
He turned the night passionate with the sultry "Tonight (Best You Ever Had)" from 2012's "Think Like a Man" movie soundtrack.
"I don't want to brag, but I'll be the best you ever had," he sang, adding, "I don't want to brag,
Legend took the audience on a chronological tour of his best works, starting with "Let's Get Lifted" from his 2004 debut album "Get Lifted." He recalled his former life, trying to make it big, working as a management consultant designing Powerpoint slideshows and making spreadsheets.
"Very sexy work," he said.
But when he caught the attention of
"I'm going to make up for that in
"You're welcome to sing along with future songs. Are you ready for that responsibility?" he asked.
Legend went on to his 2006 platinum album "Once Again" for a saucy rendition of "Maxine," about seeing his woman out with another guy. He said he drew inspiration for that song from
"She didn't even mind that Maxine's doing dirt in that song," he said.
During "Again," he gave the audience insight to his songwriting process, saying he writes the riffs first and then gibberish over the music for a while.
"I usually don't have the words until the very end," he said.
Legend treated the audience to a cover of
"So I said, 'Phew! He liked it," Legend said.
Legend also covered Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" before moving into hits from "Love In The Future." Based on the applause and calls of approval from the audience, Legend might have to make it through a crowd of adoring fans before he makes it back onto the tour bus.
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