BABYFACE David Archuleta showed that he had the skills to thrill young fans on Tuesday evening at his first ever, full-blown concert in Malaysia.
On his second visit to our shores, the 20-year-old Utah native belted out his own popular tunes as well as giving a spin on some classic hits for thousands of fans at Stadium Negara for an hour and a half, as part of his ‘The Other Side of Down’ tour.
Scheduled to start at 8pm, concert goers began to fill up the stadium from 7.30pm onwards. Although the stadium was nowhere close to being packed, there was a whole lot of love for David within the stadium grounds, with clusters of fans singing out his hit Something ‘Bout Love before there were any signs of the concert starting.
Upcoming homegrown artiste Hao Ren, who is under the organiser Sony Music label, appeared on stage at 8.30pm, signalling the start of the concert and for fans, it was time to scream more so for David then Hao Ren. After singing only one song with the help of dancers, the winner of two awards at the 2011 MYAstro Music Awards, gave the audience a little introduction before leaving the stage for David.
After his band appeared, fans did not have to wait too long for their ‘Idol’ to come on stage. Showing off his Bahasa Malaysia skills with “Apa khabar Malaysia?”, he launched into his first song Stomping The Roses and moving along to the title of his tour The Other Side of Down.
The 2008 American Idol runner-up then got the crowd excited with his hit A Little Too Not Over You and gave a little advise about love before going on to Love Don’t Hate.
However, the youthful David got most attention when he went on to sing the upbeat number Something ‘Bout Love – which got the fans both young and old singing along with him.
David also showed a more mature side of him when he sang a cover of Tears For Fears hit, Everybody Wants To Rule The World. The girls in the audience got a sneak peak to his own Miss Right, in his single My Kind of Perfect. Many were seen moving their colourful glow sticks in tune with the tender ballad.
Thanking his fans after every song, David shared his dreams through the catchy song Elevator, which was another hit among the audience. After introducing his band, he revealed that he misses his mother when he tours and sang Vanessa Carlton’s A Thousand Miles to remember her and touched many with his skills on the piano.
While fans went into a frenzy for the sweet-faced singer, he continued to entertain with Falling Stars before getting more approval from the crowd with his popular tune Touch My Hand. He gave the older audience , many consisting of parents of fans, something to enjoy with Stand By Me, a song made popular by Ben EKing.
Calling it a night with Zero Gravity, the singer was enthusiastically jumping around the stage, much to the delight of the fans. His short disappearance backstage also saw fans shrieking more for him, which is obliged with three more songs, including a slow and smooth version of Gnarles Barkley’s Crazy on piano. Ending it with another cover Heaven by Bryan Adams and his own hit Crush, the singer thanked his fans before making an exit.
David’s naturally friendly personality, strong voice, and joyful smiles made it a happy concert experience for all there.
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