September 24, 2022

After months of anticipation and the discharge of a rock-centric new album, Demi Lovato performed their first solo present on the US leg of their “HOLY FVCK” tour (seize tickets right here) at Sacramento’s Laborious Rock Dwell on Thursday night time (September twenty second).

Wearing all purple and supported by an unbelievable backing band, Lovato was in glorious type, showcasing her powerhouse vocals whereas proving they’re well-suited for almost any style, be it the pop sound that comprised Lovato’s final a number of albums, or the heavier rock tone that persists on her 2022 entry Holy Fvck.

First up was opener Useless Sara, a Los Angeles five-piece who ripped their approach by means of a barrage of tracks that mixed laborious rock, punk, and grunge components. Frontwoman Emily Armstrong — who additionally options on the Holy Fvck album standout “HELP ME” — is a pure bandleader with a tremendous voice, and top-of-the-line components of the present was watching her work together with the gang and banter between tracks.

Then it was time for the primary occasion; varied silhouettes of Lovato’s backing band have been illuminated by strobes earlier than the curtain dropped, revealing Lovato, guitar in hand, diving right into a choice of tracks from the brand new album. “HOLY FVCK,” “FREAK,” “SUBSTANCE,” and “EAT ME” have been all high-energy selections to start the set.

Lovato was backed by an exceptional group of musicians — together with Nita Strauss, the previous reside guitarist for rock legend Alice Cooper — and the four-piece band helped not simply convey the brand new tracks to life, however reanimated a few of Lovato’s important pop entries.

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