To commemorate the 10-year anniversary of her Grammy-Award winning, debut studio album, “Songs In A Minor”, R&B singing sensation Alicia Keys put on a memorable show for fans at New York City’s Beacon Theatre last night.
Performing at a sold out show, The Beacon provided an up-close and personal setting for the songstress and her audience, as she sat solo behind a piano surrounded by 14-dimly lit candles. AOL Music also streamed the concert live to give fans at home a chance to see Keys’ significant return to her native New York City, playing hits that brought her to the stage so many years ago.
Look for more pictures and a recap after the break:
Keys graced the stage in a fitted, custom made Givenchy black-sequined suit, which she periodically showcased for the crowd by addressing the audience directly. At one point, the singer revealed, “The city really wrote a lot of that first album”, reflecting Keys’ always embraced, hometown pride.
Upon opening the show, the singer began with a rendition of the 1968 Beatles’ hit Blackbird, by cleverly transitioning into her own Piano & I; a suitable and appropriate intro to her one night special city performance. Keys also introduced an assortment of several other covers that fit astoundingly well into her routine, including Mary J. Blige’s Real Love, and Marvin Gaye’s Trouble Man. With a special and heartfelt dedication to her fans, Keys performed, If I Ain’t Got You, in addition to mixing Billy Joel’s original 1967 hit New York State Of Mind with her Empire State Of My Mind. Alicia also included hits from her albums, “The Diary Of…” and a crowd favorite, Like You’ll Never See Me Again from her third release, “As I Am”. She was sure not to leave out a couple of songs from her latest LP, “The Element Of Freedom”, while keeping the crowd going with Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart, and a commanding presentation of Unthinkable (I’m Ready).
As the concert progressed to the inevitable end, it was clear that those present were sharing something special with the superstar – Keys was summoned back to the stage, with an overwhelming encore from the audience as they cheered for more. The 2-hour long night ended on a heavy emotional tip with her motivating interpretation of Sure Looks Good To Me, which was later concluded by her hit, No One, as Keys was sent offstage with a moving standing ovation from the crowd. Appearances were made by soul singer Maxwell, along with singer/songwriter Kandi Burruss who came through to show Alicia some love for her New York City show.