By Charlotte Hudson
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At 9:05 p.m. on Saturday, October 8, 2022, a black, locked-up box was rolled to the center stage of the United Center in Chicago, IL. Fans filling up almost every seat in the arena and covering the floor knew this meant Harry Styles had made his entrance and the show would soon begin.
The lights darkened, and five minutes later, Harry Styles emerged from the middle of the stage, dazzling in a red, white and blue tracksuit. With the strong opener “Daydream” from his most recent album Harry’s House that kicked off the concert with electricity and high energy, night one of the Chicago “Love On Tour” had officially begun.
The original first night of the Chicago tour on Thursday, October 6 had been postponed due to a crew illness, but that didn’t stop Styles and the rest of his team from delivering a well-put together show with an outstanding setlist on Saturday. The majority of songs played were from Harry’s House. This was not the only album played, however, as Styles decided to play some of his biggest hits from his second album, Fine Line, like “Watermelon Sugar” and “Adore You,” but added a unique twist that made his live performance even better. One Direction fans will be happy to know that he returned to his roots and played one of their most popular songs from their debut album as well.
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Perhaps the most powerful and emotional performance was “Sign of the Times” from his self-titled album and first single released as a solo artist. The screen, which displayed Styles in bright, vibrant colors that night, was toned to black and white, and phone flashlights surrounded the arena. The crowd sang out together for the entirety of the performance.
Styles wasn’t the only one dressed up that night. As Styles’ fashion sense is always iconic and out-of-the box, his fans incorporated that into their own concert outfits. Statement accessories worn by almost everyone in attendance were feather boas and heart sunglasses. Best looks included anything with sequins, platform boots, jumpsuits, rompers and blazers all with fun patterns and bold colors.
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“Love On Tour'' ended with a showstopper encore that left fans wanting more. With an exceptional performance by the band, personal connections and interactions with the audience and live music even better than the album, the “Love On Tour” concert experience was an unforgettable night.