This week, for your reading enjoyment, we have compiled critical reviews of live performances from Ed Sheeran in Milwaukee; Justin Timberlake in New York; Garth Brooks in South Bend, Ind.; Darius Rucker in Gateshead, England; Twenty one Pilots in Cleveland; and Death Cab For Cutie in Miami Beach, Fla.
Ed Sheeran @ Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wis., Oct. 24 – “There were a lot of irritated fans on social media, but nothing but good vibes at the show itself, led by perhaps the most affable, down-to-earth showman capable of filling stadiums. (Sheeran also apologized up front for the hassles, but looking over the beaming crowd, there seemed to be no hard feelings.)” – Piet Levy / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Justin Timberlake @ Madison Square Garden Arena in New York, N.Y., Oct. 22 – “Overall, Justin Timberlake rocked the “World’s Most Famous Arena” with his high-octane “Man of the Woods” Tour. He was able to showcase his wide range as a contemporary recording artist. This pop superstar is worth seeing in concert whenever he performs in town.” – Markos Papadatos / Digital Journal
Garth Brooks @ Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind., Oct. 20 – “The only knock that I would have on the concert at Notre Dame was the entrance and the fact that he didn’t sing “Shameless.” I think not having that created grand entrance made the show start off kind of slow, but it wasn’t long until Garth and the crowd got into their groove.” – Travis Sams / 99.5 WKDQ
Scott Legato / Getty Images – Darius Rucker
Darius Rucker performs during Faster Horses Country Fest at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., July 22.
Darius Rucker @ Sage Gateshead in Gateshead, England, Oct. 23 – “It’s always difficult for an artist to win over the crowd in an all-seater theatre; it’s the old analogy that if you give people a seat they will sit. However, tonight Darius Rucker has no problem at all in that department; the whole room up on their feet for the best part of the evening.” – Adam Kennedy / National Rock Review
Twenty One Pilots @ Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, Oct. 23 – “Now, I’m not ready to anoint him as the next McCa, or Twenty One Pilots as a successor to the Fab Four. But there’s a lot to like about the group. Joseph and Dun are doing things the right way, touring, working, putting out new music on a regular basis – good new music – and building a fan base that is likely to grow with them.” – Chuck Yarborough / The Plain Dealer
Death Cab For Cutie @
Fillmore Miami Beach At Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach, Fla., Oct. 22 – “Trust me, I wanted to be blown away by Death Cab for Cutie’s set. What music fan doesn’t want to find a new band to love? At a few fleeting points, the show almost transcended my expectations, but it just never quite got there. Each musical moment that made me think, wow, this is pretty cool, was gone in seconds.” – James Biagiotti / Boca