Steve Lacy is nothing more than a TikTok trend – The Suffolk Journal


Emilie Beatty

Steve Lacy performs to a crowd of cheering fans at Roadrunner in Allston.

Steve Lacy brought his famous R&B sound from Tik Tok to Roadrunner on October 10, although he failed to live up to the crowd’s excitement.

Fousheé, who opened for Lacy and is featured in the song “Sunshine” on his recent album, put on a better and more entertaining performance. She seemed to enjoy the energy of the crowd much more than the headliner herself.

During Fousheé’s performance, the crowd could clearly tell that they were excited and grateful to be there as she basked in the crowd. Lacy seemed to care about her fans no less over time.

Despite his comments about the size of the crowd and his excitement to be back on tour, the singer spat out a host of devious compliments. He was clearly a fan of his Canadian audience, and throughout the show he mentioned that his Toronto show was smaller than Boston’s, but the crowd was much louder. The taunts wouldn’t have been a big deal if he hadn’t said it about 10 times during the hour-and-a-half performance.

Continuous crowd volume digs showed that Lacy didn’t care about fans spending their time and money being there, and he just wanted to hear people cheering his name for an ego boost.

Things escalated when the artist, who was obviously going to return for an encore regardless, had the crowd cheering for Lacy to return for a jaw-dropping amount of time. To top it all off, Lacy recorded his second most popular song “Dark Red” for the encore finale, but he teased the crow knowing how much they wanted to hear the fan favorite.

Not only did the crowd sing the name of the song before he returned to the stage, but after performing “CU Girl”, the artist started the number’s opening chords and stopped it five times while shouting. “you guys don’t do it badly enough” to the crowd, smiling smugly as his fans cheered his name even louder.

It’s clear from the artist’s pleas to hear his name that he cares more about feeling famous, rather than celebrating his success by putting on a good performance for those who got him there.

Although Lacy seemed continually bored throughout the show, his ego-fueled antics aren’t entirely to blame. Many people fainted during the opening and title, with the show having to stop multiple times for emergency services to come and help those in need.

While some of the fainting cases can be traced to drug use or alcohol abuse, the real problem is that people are no longer properly educated on concert safety, and many are just coming back to the concert scene after three years of global pandemic.

Artists and venues should take it upon themselves to properly educate attendees of their shows. Reminders to drink water and have a bite to eat could have avoided many disruptions to the show. The need for EMS was disproportionately higher at Lacy’s show, leaving many wondering if a younger crowd played a significant role. There were plenty of parents there with their young children who clearly didn’t know any better.

Although Lacy stopped the show several times for his fans to get help, his overall performance was poor, with his band’s talent surpassing his own. It’s likely Lacy only took his show off to avoid being canceled like Travis Scott was for his Astroworld anarchy.

If you’re planning on seeing Lacy in concert, you might want to save your money.

Follow Abby and Emily on Twitter @astreabbs and @emilyhbeatty.


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