Shawn Mendes Gives Rodeo Houston ‘Performance Of A Lifetime’
(Houston, Texas) Walking on the worlds most famous rotating stage is enough to make any veteran entertainer nervous. But on Sunday night, a brave 17-year old named Shawn Mendes delivered the performance of his life among 71,976 screaming teenagers.
Changing the ‘normal’ on the famous stage, Mendes didn’t play by the past rules. He charted his own.
In a courageous surprise, Mendes arrived alone to the Rodeo Houston stage. No band, back up singers, or dancers. The stage was empty! Armed with nothing but an acoustic guitar, the singer did what few entertainers dare to do, and what Rodeo Houston hasn’t experienced in years. Mendes provided pure and solid acoustic vocals with no distractions, no auto-tune, and no band in sight. It was raw and beautifully acoustic.
“I’ve never played to a crowd this large before.” Mendes said in between songs. “This happens to be one of the most incredible things I’ve seen in my entire life.” Mendes who recently toured as Taylor Swifts opening act admitted to ‘loving the crowds scream.’
One of the most heart touching moments from Sunday’s performance came when Mendes spoke to the crowd, relating to ‘tough times’ as a teenager. He explained to the crowd consisting mostly of teens; that times do get hard, but things ‘always get better.’
“Sometimes I feel like the world is on my shoulders.” He said, “But it will truly get better. It does.”
15-short hours before touching down in the Lone Star State, Mendes was standing center stage at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. The official kick off to his sold-out world tour.
Before leaving the rodeo stage Mendes made sure each fan heard his love. “I love it here. I love Texas. This is amazing.”
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