Ms Lauryn Hill played Radio City Music Hall with Common (pics)
By the time it had reached 10:45 PM on Saturday night (2/25) there was no sign of notorious late-starter Ms Lauryn Hill, and the Radio City Music Hall was getting antsy -- especially considering that this was already a rescheduled date from October 2016. However, moments after 10:50 PM the crowd’s fears were allayed when they caught the first glimpse of Lauryn as she emerged bedecked in diamond crusted sunglasses and a feathered-shouldered jacket. Her fan-friendly setlist helped appease the restless public. At just under 1h 40 it was long enough to cover the majority of favorites from the career-defining Fugees LP, The Score, and solo smash The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
The night also featured her new collaboration with opener Common, "Retrospect for Life," which was the first time that song was ever performed live. She spoke about the songs serious topic of abortion, and featured an intro of her singing Stevie Wonder's "Never Dreamed You'd Leave In Summer," which is also used as the hook of the song. She also covered Sade’s "Your Love is King" and "Sweetest Taboo" to round out the set, before closing the night with "That Thing."
The rescheduled show was part of her "MLH Caravan: Diaspora Calling" tour that, in addition to Common, featured Little Simz, Jojo Abot, and Paul Beaubrun. Unfortunately, we have no pictures of the openers but a full set of pictures from Lauryn's set are in the gallery above.
Here are some fan pics and videos of Common:
photos by Toby Tenenbaum