Lauryn Hill | Hollywood Bowl Review
By Deryk Mitchell, Los Angeles News Observer Music Correspondent
“I heard she’s always really late,” one fan said, as we were walking through the Hollywood Bowl tunnel towards the gates, rushing to see the set for the very talented, “HER.”
On Wednesday, October 16th, the GRAMMY Award-winning powerhouses, Ms. Lauryn Hill and H.E.R. co-headlined LA’s Hollywood Bowl. This was a special one night only event and it was sold-out.
In 2017 H.E.R. (an acronym for Having Everything Revealed) released her debut album via RCA Records. It was nominated for five Grammy Awards at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards in 2019 and won for Best R&B Performance and for Best R&B Album.
She did not disappoint as the 22 year old phenom blazed through most of her collection in her branded sunglasses look. Through her sets she went from playing acoustic and electric guitars, as well as entertaining the crowd with no instrument in hand. H.E.R ended the set by bringing out LA’s own YG on her latest single, “Slide,” where the drums lend as an anthem to her hometown Vallejo, in The Bay Area.
The lingering question remained amongst audience goers, “Will she be late? Will she remix all of her songs, which Lauryn Hill will we get tonight?” Ms. Lauryn Hill was set to hit the stage at 9:30p. Her very talented New York based DJ, DJ Reborn held it down on the turntables getting the crowd hype for Ms Hill’s arrival. By 9:44p Ms Hill graced the stage to an enormous eruption. The intro track to the legendary, “Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” played on the huge screens in the background. As the teacher asks if, “Lauryn Hill,” was present she graced the stage in a Cinderella style dress.
Here’s Ms Hill’s setlist from the Bowl:
Everything is Everything
Light My Fire
During a brief interlude, Ms. Hill went on to talk about the importance of investing in purpose.
“You realize the importance of investing in purpose early.”
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Forgive Them Father
X Factor – My all time favorite Lauryn Hill song, and one of my top 10 songs of all time did not disappoint at all. This included an amazing guitar solo by, “Mathias,” her guitar player who was part of an approximate 20 piece orchestra gracing the stage.
Ms. Hill closed out her epic set with, “Killing Me Softly.” The entirety of the Hollywood Bowl was ready when she sang, “Take em to the bridge.” With 4 minutes left, Ms. Hill decided to get the Bowl rocking one more time with a quick version of, “Fu-Gee-La,” to close out the evening at 11p sharp which is the ordnance the Hollywood Bowl has with the city of Los Angeles for performers to be done. Ms Hill took several bows as the crowd begged for one more song. On time, on point, Ms Hill reminded the crowd why she is the icon she is. To put this in perspective, she has toured the entire world performing basically the same body of work for the past 20 years, and the people still can’t get enough.
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