Over the weekend the girls of Fifth Harmony wrapped up the American leg of their hugely successful 7/27 Tour here in the Bay Area at our Concord Pavilion. Ally, Camila, Dinah, Lauren and Normani are no strangers to the Bay and their loyal Harmonizers were beyond thrilled to have them back here in the Bay! Fans had been lined up all day before doors opened and you could already feel the love and excitement hours before the show began.
Before I get to the girls I have to give a special mention to JoJo and Victoria Monet who had the crowd hyped before the girls came on. Resident powerhouse JoJo performed not only some of her biggest hits like “Too Little Too Late” “Leave” and “When Love Hurts” while also giving us a preview of some new music from her upcoming album Mad Love which comes out October 14th. As this was the last show of the tour, the girls of Fifth Harmony surprised JoJo on stage during one of her songs and they had a little party on stage. Check out the video from that special moment below!
After a little intermission it was finally time for our girls to hit the stage. The intro video began with a little montage of their X Factor journey including their first ever performance as a group: “Impossible” – this had me feeling emotional because it took me back to day one! The girls arrived on stage as the band started playing “That’s My Girl” and all the Harmonizers began screaming at the top of their lungs. Lauren officially introduced everyone to the last US 7/27 show and the crowd couldn’t contain their excitement!
Every aspect of the show was on POINT! Not only their outfits, but their vocals and dancing are at the highest level I’ve seen from the group personally, and this was my ninth time seeing the girls live. Before the girls got to more tracks from their current album 7/27 they took us on a little journey of their songs from their debut album and EP like “Miss Movin’ On” “Sledgehammer” “Reflection” and more! I was pleasantly surprised when the girls performed “Big Bad Wolf” and “Voicemail” because those tracks are known mainly by the super hardcore Harmonizers!
The girls went on to perform ALL of my favorite tracks from the 7/27 album starting off with “Scared of Happy” “Write On Me” and “I Lied”. It was really exciting to see the group perform these new songs together and they clearly have every second of each song perfected! It was time for the girls to slow things down with “No Way” and “We Know” which is when their vocals shined so strongly. You could tell that the girls were emotional about this being the last show.
The girls went on to perform their smash singles “Worth It” “Boss” and “Flex (All In My Head)” but not before bringing the entire crowd to tears with some motivational and inspiring speeches. Normani took the microphone to thank all the Harmonizers for their continued love and support which literally brought me to tears. As you know she’s been having a rough time for the past few months by online trolls, but clearly she’s staying strong for the fans and this brought me to tears. Later in the night Ally announced that it was the one year anniversary of her mother finding medical care that she desperately needed, during which Ally broke down on stage and again I was in tears.
The bond between these girls was stronger than ever and it showed so clearly on stage. After “Worth It” we all knew that the end of the night was approaching as the music for “Work From Home” began to play. The crowd was singing along so loudly that it was almost hard for me to hear the girls performing their #1 hit! After the song Dinah grabbed water balloons and popped them over each of the other girls head and even caked their band members in the face! Since this was the last night you could tell they weren’t holding anything back. Overall, I have to congratulate my girls for putting on such an amazing, fun, powerful and motivational show. I hope it’s not too long before I see them again!
Christian Saad is a writer, producer, and pop culture blogger for 99.7 [NOW!] in the San Francisco Bay Area. Find him on Twitter at @ChristianSaad.