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Demi Lovato's Nassau Coliseum setlist, fan connection

Demi Lovato performs on Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Demi Lovato performs on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale. Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Demi Lovato’s Nassau Coliseum show Tuesday night was a step into a new age of fan participation.

Right before Lovato reached her current dance hit “Neon Lights,” she urged fans to get their Demi Lovato apps ready. “It’s time to tap that app!” read the giant video screens.

And when the song started, it became clear why. Fans who had the app could hold up their smartphones and see them flash pink and blue and white in unison, making them part of the concert’s light show. It’s a clever way to increase the connection between Lovato and her Lovatics.

However, the far more memorable example of their connection was much more low-tech. During “Skyscraper,” many fans held up sheets of white paper. That seemed powerful enough, a reference to the lyrics, “You can break everything I am – like I’m made of glass, like I’m made of paper.”

But on many of the sheets of paper were scrawled handwritten notes to Lovato about their sobriety: “8 Months Strong,” “2 Years Sober!”

Lovato talked about this connection before she launched into “Warrior,” saying how proud she was of her Lovatics, especially those in repressive countries and those who are battling the same challenges with sobriety and self-harm that she has.

“It breaks my heart to see you suffer,” she says. “You deserve to be happy.”

Lovato’s high-tech, app-driven connection is nice, but her emotional connection to fans is far more impressive.

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SETLIST: Heart Attack / Remember December / Fire Starter / The Middle / Really Don’t Care / Catch Me / Here We Go Again / Made in the USA / Nightingale / Warrior / Let It Go / Don’t Forget / Got Dynamite / Unbroken / Neon Lights // ENCORE: Skyscraper / Give Your Heart a Break

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