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Harry Styles kicked off his highly anticipated first solo tour this past week in San Francisco and Los Angeles to much excitement and, of course, many screaming girls.
But the former boy band member didn’t just stick to his self-titled debut album on the set list. The 23-year-old singer-songwriter covered Ariana Grande’s “Just A Little Bit Of Your Heart”—which he co-wrote for the pop star’s My Everything album—and not one but two One Direction tracks.
Just A Little Bit Of Your Heart live is my favorite thing in the world. thank you pic.twitter.com/NITuAdHDhj
— catarina (@kingstylesolo) September 20, 2017
Clad in a floral suit, the former One Directioner played homage to the group with an acoustic and soulful rendition of “Stockholm Syndrome” off the band’s fourth studio album Four and their breakout hit “What Makes You Beautiful.”
Keeping in tune with the alt-rock vibe that came with his solo music, Styles made the pop tracks his own by giving them a more edgy and organic sound than their mainstream pop origins. He played guitar for both “Stockholm Syndrome” and “Just A Little Bit Of Your Heart,” but went instrument-free with “What Makes You Beautiful,” channeling that 1D boy everyone initially fell in love with. He seemed to revel in the nostalgia, as well.
Along with the pop hits, Styles also covered Fleetwood Mac’s iconic hit “The Chain” during his encore performance after previously covering it on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge earlier this month. The song is a perfect fit for Styles’ 70s vibe and meshes well with the alt-folk, Bowie-meets-Bono sounds of his new music.
At the tour’s second stop in Los Angeles, friend and ex-bandmate Niall Horan was spotted in the audience supporting his former One Direction member (along with James Corden).
Niall looks so proud of Harry!!! Pick someone who’s supportive pic.twitter.com/i7iSl5L2Kr
— nameless biatch k. (@lxrryxmofo) September 21, 2017
Styles will continue on his solo tour throughout the next few months, making stops across North America, Europe, Japan and more, before heading on a stadium world tour in March 2018. Check out what other tours are coming your way this fall here.