Rodeo Screams For Shawn

As fans scream, Shawn Mendes rates Rodeo experience better than touring with Taylor Swift

Teen sensation rates Rodeo experience better than Taylor Swift tour

Shawn Mendes at Rodeo
Mendes sweetly covered Ed Sheeran's “Thinking Out Loud” and brought the ultimate sing-a-long with a high energy acoustic version of radio favorite “Stitches.” © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Shawn Mendes at Rodeo
A soulful ballad-driven boy band of one, Mendes’ simple black T-shirt and jeans and clean cut looks appealed to both the teenage fans and their mothers. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Shawn Mendes at Rodeo
“I literally can’t get over how insane this is,” Mendes said about performing before more than 70,000 screaming fans. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Shawn Mendes at Rodeo
Mendes traded his Taylor acoustic guitar for a Fender Stratocaster electric guitar, closing out the concert with “Never Be Alone.” © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Shawn Mendes at Rodeo
There were no other instruments, backup singers or auto tune. It was just a 17-year-old guy and his guitar and Mendes was genuine and charming up on the stage, all by himself. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Shawn Mendes at Rodeo
Shawn Mendes at Rodeo
Shawn Mendes at Rodeo
Shawn Mendes at Rodeo
Shawn Mendes at Rodeo

Shawn Mendes took the circular Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo stage Sunday afternoon armed with his guitar and the backup vocals of 71,976 super-excited fans.

Cue the screams.

Mendes encouraged audience participation and the teen audience was only to happy comply, but the reality was, he was perfectly capable of holding his own. There were no other instruments, backup singers or auto tune. It was just a 17-year-old guy and his guitar and Mendes was genuine and charming up on the stage, all by himself.

It's a familiar role for the Canadian singer, who was first discovered by posting songs on Vine. Mendes grew his audience six seconds at a time and made a name for himself.

Island Records signed him in 2014 and Taylor Swift pegged him as an opening act for her 1989 world tour in 2015. Add a modeling contract with Wilhelmina Models in 2016, and the sky’s the limit.

But he was legitimately overwhelmed by the sheer number of people at the rodeo Sunday who came to see him perform. His set includes “Life of the Party,” “Aftertaste, “A Little Too Much,” and “Kid in Love.”

"This is the most incredible thing I've ever seen in my entire life," Mendes said. "I was super nervous to come here today and perform in front of 70,000 people by myself. Thank you for letting me perform for you today."

A soulful ballad-driven boy band of one, Mendes’ simple black T-shirt and jeans and clean cut looks appealed to both the teenage fans and their mothers.

Mendes sweetly covered Ed Sheeran's “Thinking Out Loud” and skipped his hit "I Know What You Did Last Summer "(difficult to do solo). But he brought the ultimate sing-a-long with a high energy acoustic version of radio favorite “Stitches.”

Mendes traded his Taylor acoustic guitar for a Fender Stratocaster electric guitar, closing out the concert with “Never Be Alone.” Cell phones blazing, Mendes poured out his heart, incredulous at the response of the crowd.

“I literally can’t get over how insane this is,” Mendes said. “I was on tour with Taylor Swift and I’m still not used to this sound. It’s magical."