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 Exhausting Rock Dwell on Thursday night time (September twenty second).

Wearing all crimson and supported by an unimaginable backing band, Lovato was in glorious kind, showcasing her powerhouse vocals whereas proving they’re well-suited for nearly 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 Lifeless Sara, a Los Angeles five-piece who ripped their approach by a barrage of tracks that mixed onerous 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 probably the greatest elements of the present was watching her work together with the gang and banter between tracks.

Then it was time for the principle occasion; numerous 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 number of tracks from the brand new album. “HOLY FVCK,” “FREAK,” “SUBSTANCE,” and “EAT ME” have been all high-energy decisions to start the set.

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

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