Shawn Mendes Illuminates Bridgestone Arena

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - by Carmen O'Hagan

Eighteen-year-old Canadian popstar, Shawn Mendes brought his Illuminate World Tour to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Monday night to a very eager crowd mostly made up of adoring teenage girls. 

Charlie Puth, known for his radio hits “Attention,” “One Call Away,” and “We Don’t Talk Anymore,” opened the show. He played a half hour set. Puth showed off his impressive piano skills with a long, jazzy intro to his song “Marvin Gaye.” 

To start his set, Mendes ascended from under the stage shrouded in light and to the screams of thousands. He opened with his current single “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back.” Early into the show he played a medley of his songs, “I Don't Even Know Your Name,” “Kid in Love,” and “Hold On.” 

Standouts were “Bad Reputation,” a dark and powerful song with an even better live version than the studio recording, and “Ruin,” a slow and soulful track. 

Mendes switched things up halfway through his set and played piano at a stage set up in the back of the floor of the arena, where he did a brief cover of Ed Sheeran’s “Castle on the Hill,’ before launching into his own song “Life of the Party.” 

Mendes is currently touring in support of his 2016 album “Illuminate” which was recently certified platinum.

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