After almost two months without covering a concert, we got back in business with the return of the American singer-songwriter Laura Pergolizzi, better known as LP, to At Parque de la Exposicion in Lima, Peru. I must confess that I had not heard this singer before, but the fact that she returns to Peru for the third time and less than a year after her second arrival filled me with curiosity. Many people were expecting her return and that caught my attention since her songs are hardly heard on local radio stations and yet she has gained a very loyal audience based on her compositions so full of feeling and vocal talent that allows her to reach such high notes that they remind us of that Peruvian legend called Yma Sumac.
LP began her Latin American tour in Brazil at the beginning of February and continued through Colombia, Uruguay, Argentina before arriving in Peru. Her career continues to rise thanks to her sixth and celebrated album Churches (2021). It must be remembered that the first single from the album, “The One That You Love”, managed to generate more than 30 million views on YouTube and more than 30 million listeners on Spotify. Her second single “How Low Can You Go” has over 10 million streams on Spotify, over 9 million views on YouTube. This is, without a doubt, one of her most recognized albums by the public, after the successful Lost on You in 2017.
The Parque de la Exposición Amphitheater, a performance hall located in one of the most emblematic parks in downtown Lima and with a capacity for 4,000 people, was the venue for the concert that lasted for more than an hour and a half and held attendees singing and chanting the name of LP throughout the show.
Peruvian singer and composer Adrian Bello was in charge of opening the long-awaited return of LP to Lima. His song ‘Volver Atrás’, part of the last album Bailemos en la Sala released last year, has been a success, reaching several important playlists on Spotify and adding several million listeners on digital platforms. Adrián was also chosen as the first Radar Artist selected by Spotify, in the region, to represent the LGTBIQ community.
Bello came out on stage a few minutes after 8:00pm amid the joy of his fan club. Accompanied by two musicians, he gave us 40 minutes of songs that sounded very good. I hadn’t heard him before, but I was surprised by the quality of his voice and his songs that reminded me of a young George Michael. I don’t have the order of the setlist but some fans told me that he played his hits “Drowning Away Again”, “Quit Raining Over Me”, “You Gotta Go”, “Down To The Wire”, “Explosion” and “Volver Atrás”, most of them from the album Apprentice from 2018.
Adrian Bello : Vocals
Bruno Gamboa: Guitars
Cesar Gabriel Riveros: Percussion
At 9:15 pm and in the middle of a light rain, LP came on stage with the chords of “When We Touch” followed by “Goodbye” which, as in 2022, were chanted at the top of their lungs by the public, who showed very delivered to the artist from the beginning to the end. Accompanied by 4 musicians on stage, LP did not leave out her classics. Among them “No Witness”, “When We’re High”, “The One That You Love”, “Muddy Waters” and “One Last Time”.
LP didn’t need to talk much with the public for them to fully surrender to her music, her smile and great voice was enough to have them all singing and chanting her name despite the rain that happily never became a problem. Flowers, Pride flags, banners and many messages of affection were falling on the stage, including a Peruvian flag that the artist did not hesitate to show.
After a little more than an hour and a half, the end would come with “Special” and of course “Lost On You” the song that gives its name to her fourth album, the most applauded of her career since so far it has exceeded 600 million streamings on Spotify and the one that opened the doors to markets in Spain and Latin America. This song is so popular in LP’s career that nobody left the Parque de la Exposición until the artist closed the concert with that song, which sparked a real party and a great finale for this show. At the time of publishing this review, LP is in Paraguay following her Latin American tour.
LP: Vocals, Guitar, Ukelele, Harmonica
Alex Feder: Guitar
Neal Daniels: Drums
Brian Stanley : Guitars
1. When We Touch
3.Girls Go Wild
4.Everybody’s Falling in Love
5.When We’re High
8.How Low Can You Go
9.The One That You Love
11.Can’t Let You Leave
18.One Last Time
20.Lost on You
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I’m a photographer with extensive experience working for national and international media. I’m also a passionate photography educator with extensive experience working with students of different ages. I love Heavy Metal music and I began shooting concerts in 1992. Concert Photography is my passion. I’m based in Perú but willing to travel anywhere.