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Queerty: Sam Smith’s ‘Gloria’ tour has fans and haters feeling all kinds of ways


Sam Smith on their 'Gloria' tour
Sam Smith on the opening night of their ‘Gloria’ tour (Photo: @samsmith/Instagram)

Sam Smith has kicked off their worldwide ‘Gloria’ tour, promoting their album of the same name. The tour began on Wednesday night in Sheffield, England. It follows their biggest hit ‘Unholy’. The collaboration with Kim Petras went to number one in the US, UK and elsewhere last fall.

Smith has posted of their excitement at bringing their latest show to arena stages. After the UK, it heads out over the rest of Europe and then North America.

On Wednesday, Smith posted a clip of the show in which they welcome the audience to their “gay cabaret.” Smith wears thigh-high leather boots, fishnet stockings and a gold corset.

Elsewhere in the show, Smith strips down to just underwear, while they also dress as a devil in another part of the set.

Smith got emotional as they spoke to the audience on the opening night.

“Seeing all of you to look at is a joy. Welcome to the Gloria tour. It has been so, so long since I have been on a stage like this. It’s been five years and a lot has happened.”

Then, becoming tearful, Smith continued: “I just want to say thank you so much for being with me through these crazy times, it means the world to me. As long as you are happy, I will sing for you every night.”

Needless to say, like everything Smith has done lately, the show has split opinions on social media.

Many of Smith’s fans have praised the queer singer for being their authentic self, embracing body positivity and demonstrating self-love.

“Satanic”

However, others expressed outrage… as if pop singers haven’t been producing risqué performances for decades.

Others were quick to clap back, accusing the critics of homophobia, fatphobia and femme-phobia.

“Supercharged queer romp”

The show is split into three sections: ‘Love’, ‘Beauty’ and ‘Sex’. Away from the hysteria of Twitter, it’s had genuinely positive reviews. Yorkshire Live called it “fun”, adding, “From the mesmerizing ballads to the more up-tempo numbers, there really is something for everyone.”

The Guardian gave the “supercharged queer romp” 4 out of 5 stars, saying it starts sluggish but builds in momentum and spectacle.

“Themes of joy and self-love, delivered via a roaring queer party, continue into the final act. Covering Madonna’s ‘Human Nature’, Smith buoyantly sings ‘express yourself, don’t repress yourself’ while shirtless in leather shorts and fishnets – it’s a powerful moment of proudly owning and reclaiming a body that has been subject to bullying.”

The Gloria tour’s first US show is in Miami on July 25th. We’re not expecting Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to buy himself a ticket…

Queerty