1. Miguel’s star presence is undeniable during his opening set, which lasted just under an hour. His charisma and pipes are well deserving of stadium status, and the echoes of Prince are inescapable. He flirted with a cover of Bob Marley’s “Stir It Up” for a few bars, but it would’ve been interesting if he’d have thrown himself into a full-fledged tribute. These resonances of the greats work in his favor. And “Adorn” still sounds as box fresh.
2. The drawback of Miguel’s set, however, is all of the lights and noise that distract from the man himself. Electric guitars are mixed too loud and are featured too frequently. This is a dude that can sing. Too often there’s a sense the stage is screaming at the “I’m here for Drake and only Drake” kids to stop checking their Facebook statuses and pay attention. Miguel’s best moments occur when he finds a groove and the backing volume stops competing with his words.
3. That, and the time he jumped up and landed in the splits. Ladies freaking swoon over this guy.
4. Before making way for the headliner, Miguel led the rammed and ready crowd in a chorus of “Happy Birthday.” Since the singer-songwriter celebrated his own birthday (his 27th) just the night before, he kindly asked if the crowd could sing “Happy birthday, Miguel and Drake.” Scorpios unite.
5. The birthday theme gets drilled home early and often. Drake’s first address to the throng: “My name is Aubrey Drake Graham. I was born on Oct. 24, 1986, and I was born and raised in the greatest city in the world: Toronto, Canada! So if my city is ready to get this shit started, make some noise.”