Shawn Mendes closed out his arena tour at the end of August at the Arena at Mohegan Sun. I had bought a ticket near the back of one of the sections and they actually ended up sitting me on the ADA platform which probably worked out better for me, being able to see and not having to stand at all – especially after my back had been hurting from all the brother band shows in a row 😉
Upon entering, we were given a bracelet that we were told to turn on before Shawn got on stage because it would blink along with his music. This was definitely the highlight of the night for me.
Alessia Cara opened, which was a big reason I decided to go – I love her songs on the radio! She had a ton of energy and was a lot of fun and a lot of positivity!
Shawn had 2 stages – I was just about in the middle of both. Except he never really seemed to face my side when he was on the B-Stage – which also included a giant white rose that moved up and down depending on which stage he was on. He also had his back to me whenever he played piano on either stage so that was a bit of a disappointment.
And if I thought Alessia had a lot of energy – Shawn tired me out running all around the stage (usually with a guitar strapped to his back) after just a couple of songs! The whole crowd blinking and showing different colors on their wrists definitely was a sight to see. I really wish that the bracelets could be used again (They had a recycle bin on the way out for them, which I didn’t end up using as I was too busy being felt up by a young girl who clearly had no idea what she was doing as she ran out passed me and then ran by me again in the opposite direction as I was trying to exit and not be assaulted.) because they are really cool! But only would work if the whole venue was in on it. Much more fun than cell phone flashlights, I think! You can get colors and blinking – to the beat!
Overall I was very impressed with Shawn and kind of wished I had gone to the show the night before too. Ahh well, next time! I just wish that the parents at the casino didn’t make a human wall trying to find their children when it is time to exit. Some of us want to just get back to the casino and try to win some money from a Panda… (I didn’t win this time.)