Next stop on the “special guest but really co-headlining” tour with Demi is Florida at the St. Pete Times Forum. It’s the home stadium of the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team but also a great arena for concerts as well. Check it out
Blast from the past
video credit to kristaonline
David and the other 9 supporting cast was also at the same arena on August 21st, 2008 for last year’s American Idol Tour. By then David and company had been on the road for the better part of 2 months starting with their opening night in Glendale, Arizona. As in all the other stops the one song I always looked forward to hearing was “WhenYou Say You Love Me.” The first time I heard David sing this song was at Glendale and I remember the pounding of my heart, the constriction of my throat and the tears rolling down from my eyes as I sat at my computer, transfixed with what I was hearing. The soaring, emotive voice belting out the song with such authority and conviction silenced all the doubters (including me) who seriously questioned the wisdom of his choice in performing a Josh Groban standard.
The critics before this had sneeringly written him off as one dimensional, unimaginative and incapable of nothing more than doling out dull, bland ballads. But that night in Glendale, David displayed a total mastery over the song and gave it such a fresh, powerful, soulful new twist that it, from then on, became a crowd favourite at every subsequent stop of the tour. In fact the quality his whole set list would be defined by his rendition of WYSYLM on any particular night. By the end of the tour most fans had so firmly identified David with WYSYLM that they had forgotten the fact that Josh Groban is the original singer.
This capability of David in weaving new life into songs that had been originated by other singers is a tantalizing glimpse into the sparkle that lies within what is essentially still a diamond in the rough. Although his voice provides extraordinary sensual pleasures, it’s still looking for that master polisher to bring out the brilliance that lies beneath. Even if, at this moment in it’s development, it manages to galvanize us into action and mesmerize us, it’s still a work in progress. All it takes is the right “polish” i.e. material and that sparkle will surely dazzle us with it’s blazing, fiery brilliance. More than a mere vocal organ made up of human tissue it’ll more than likely become a standard of excellence by which all other vocalists are measured against. We haven’t seen or heard the best of him yet.
Videos from Tampa
Touch My Hand
Waiting For Yesterday
M&G at Greensboro
The effect he has on fans is amazing
Pics from David’s visit to Nauvoo
Read more about the town from this site
Happy birthday Crush!!
A testament from a fireside. I luv it
At the Brandon Stake Center, Fort Lauderdale. From Don Ashley
The Real Deal?
You watch “Reality” shows (Like American Idol) and you see singing sensations, you witness the growth and popularity of a certain few and we all become part of someone’s “dream come true” – Right? Well, sometime…but it’s rare to see the “real thing” (and I’m NOT talking about Coke). Like millions of others I watched Season 7 of American Idol, and like millions of others became a fan of David Archuleta – why? well, first he can actually sing, second, he seemed so REAL, humble, sincere, non-pretentious, approachable, the boy next door…BUT, was it all an act? I’m here to tell you that the David Archuleta you saw on American Idol is very real!
david-archuletaOn July 30th David Archuleta paid a surprise visit to a full house of waiting fans and friends. With no prior announcement of who would be the speaking (or singing) at a ”special musical fireside” held at the Brandon Stake Center for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, David Archuleta spoke and sang while the entire congregation witnessed first hand that this young man was the “real deal”. Speaking for nearly 40 minutes and singing several of his favorite hymns, David spoke from the heart expressing deep conviction and gratitude for his faith, beliefs, and blessings. He did far more than just sing, he touch hearts and caused many to reflect on the more important aspects of life.
David Archuleta is not just another singing act – his voice will take you beyond just listening, it will take you to a level of hearing that few other singers have the capacity to deliver. It was an honor, pleasure and joy to have met such such a spiritual giant – oh yeah, he’s sings really well too…did I happen to mention one of the nicest guys you’d every want to meet.
Video from Fort Lauderdale
Somebody Out There