An Amazing Show in San Jose
By Remy Zerber
Last week, I went to the Harry Styles concert in San Jose with my two friends. It was a night to remember to say the least. Styles is a great singer and performer. In case anyone doesn’t know who he is, Harry Styles is an extremely talented and popular singer. He started off when he auditioned for the X-Factor in the UK, and he got put in a band that would eventually be called One Direction. However, the band went on a hiatus in 2015 and all the members started their solo careers.
Harry Styles is a performer who promotes love and kindness. He even has a song called “Treat People With Kindness” about treating people well and making them feel good. He practices this message at every show he does by interacting with the audience. At the show I went to in San Jose, he read a lot of signs that his fans made. He even helped a fan come out of the closet. After he helped the fan come out, he exclaimed “Go forth and conquer on your life of freedom!” He helps fans come out a lot at his shows. He is a big advocate for LGBTQ+ rights. This is just one way he makes fans feel good.
People also love his music, which makes them feel good about themselves. When I asked my friend if this was his favorite concert he’s ever been to, he said, “Harry Styles’ was definitely [his] favorite concert that [he’s] ever been to. It was a magical night that [he] wouldn’t be able to recreate with any other artist. His interactivity with the audience was beautiful.” A lot of fans like it when he interacts with them.
Harry also loves fashion. He wears something different and colorful for every show he does. People also love this about him. He wore red pants and a shiny, pink shirt for his show in San Jose. For other shows of his tour, he has worn outfits that are every color of the rainbow. He has even worn sparkly outfits like his all-black sparkly outfit that he wore for his show in LA recently. His stylist, Harry Lambert, dresses him for all his events. His colorful outfits show support for the LGBTQ+ community. He even wore a dress when he was on the cover of Vogue magazine.
Harry’s lyrics are also a major attraction for people. They are so poetic and some are deeply symbolic like the line "Strawberry lipstick state of mind" from “Adore You.” His second album, Fine Line, has a motif of fruit throughout it, which is the album “Adore You” is from. Another example of the fruit motif is his song “Watermelon Sugar,” which is a happy summer song about the feeling love gives people. “Kiwi” is also a song with a fruit theme that I highly recommend.
He even sometimes changes the lyrics to his songs to fit the message he is trying to convey that night. For example, at one of his shows, he sang “Golden” with he/him pronouns instead of she/her pronouns. Unfortunately, I did not get to experience this lyric change because he did not do it at the show in San Jose. He has done lyric changes for his other songs too, even songs from One Direction. Harry and Louis used to change the lyrics to their songs to be about each other all the time. For example, they always used to change the female pronouns in their songs to male pronouns. They did many other lyric changes about other things too.
The Harry Styles show was one of the best shows I have ever been to. I had a great time with my friends there. Harry’s interactivity with the audience was so cool to see in person. He is a great singer and performer. He really knows how to entertain the audience. His fashion choices that night were so good. He even shows support for important issues like LGBTQ+ rights. He is not afraid to blur the line between sex and gender because he wore a dress on the cover of Vogue magazine. People also love Harry for his interesting and poetic lyrics in his songs. Harry Styles is a great performer who has something to offer to everyone.
Ryan Ford '23,