The huge AsiaWorld-Expo was not the best venue for the less-than-2,000-strong crowd at John Legend's debut Hong Kong performance last weekend. But what the crowd lacked in numbers, they more than made up for in enthusiasm. From the moment Legend sat at the piano in the dark and played the first few notes of Heaven, last Saturday's audience knew they were in for a treat, possibly a once-in-a-Hong-Kong-lifetime experience. So, breaking Hong Kong concert norms, when the audience was encouraged to get up, dance and sing along, everyone did just that. By the end of the fourth song, half the audience had run to the front of the stage to dance just metres from the star. Mixing hits from his first, hip hop-tinged album with tracks from his more eclectic second offering, Legend moved seamlessly from reflections on a love that has run its course in Used To Love U, to confessions from a love cheat in She Don't Have to Know, to romantic declarations in So High and PDA. To fully appreciate Legend's velvety voice and technically impressive piano-playing, he has to be seen live, supported by his outstanding band and passionate backing vocalists. This is a man who knows how to work a crowd and inspire listeners but, most of all, one who knows music and great lyrics. If the January 20 performance is anything to go by, Legend is set to live up to his name and follow in the footsteps of soul greats like Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Al Green.