Emotional Goodbye of SZA’s SOS Tour


SZA’s North American arena tour concluded on Friday. (March 23). The SOS Tour, which was in promotion of her second album of the same name due out in 2022. The tour began on February 21 in Columbus, Ohio and concluded on March 23 in Inglewood, California. This comes after two sold-out gigs at the Kia Forum.

Fans in the crowd knew what to expect by the time SZA arrived to the stage. SZA’s set was very identical throughout all 19 tour stops. The singer started out with “PSA,” “Seek & Destroy,” and “Notice Me” from SOS. Leading on to numerous tracks from her first album, CTRL.

Special Guest

Fans in attendance on the last night of the tour saw Phoebe Bridgers join SZA onstage for “Ghost in the Machine,”. She did earlier this month at Madison Square Garden in New York. During the fourth act of the event, SZA covered Lizzo’s “Special,” and she was joined on stage by Lizzo herself. This remix had only been played once before, in November 2022, during the Los Angeles leg of Lizzo’s Special tour.

It’s difficult to define which component of SZA’s performance is the most amazing. This is what makes it so powerful. Throughout the nearly 90-minute set, the chart-topper served a series of looks. The speed of a quick-change artist, performed intricate and interpretive choreography. She sailed over the crowd in a lifeboat and flawlessly combined her two albums. Leading into one cohesive performance aiding in the story of CTRL and SOS.

From the start of the event SZA brings the SOS cover art to life. Showing it was evident that water was equally as important as she was. SZA mimicking the tumultuous waves that all too often follow love or one’s career. This eventually demonstrates that an artist like SZA can weather any storm.

Connection Between the Set and Performer

When singing “Broken Clocks” SZA boards a rusty boat that says CTRL FISHING CO from a makeshift loading dock. This leads into the song”All the Stars,” her duet with Kendrick Lamar. It’s easy sailing on tracks like “Garden,” the during the aggressive “Low,” lightning strikes. The boat starts to shake, and SZA effortlessly slips into an epic split.

The now-iconic rescue boat is exposed as a lighthouse erupts from the middle of the arena’s floor. Serving as a beacon while SZA floats above the audience singing “Supermodel” and “Nobody Gets Me.”

SZA comes to the stage and a new performance is introduced. This one takes place underwater with a big anchor in the limelight. She sings the Grammy-winning Doja Cat single “Kiss Me More,” on which she appears on. An alarm sounds and a strobe flashes, leaving viewers unsure if she’s being rescued or sliding further into peril.

The tour comes to a close with SZA performing “Good Days” sitting on the ledge of a plank. Lights glitter as they form to make the words “The End”. This concludes the North American SOS tour for SZA.