That’s indeed good news and a relief to know, David!! 🙂
That statement was taken from an audio interview of David after Tuacahn, and before Midland TX, by Spencer Bennet on Lite Radio while he was “just making his bed” 😀 on the morning of Nov 9 back in Utah.
And a review of David’s Tuacahn performance, grudgingly admitted to be good, but we think happily given, by Brian Passey of The Spectrum & Daily News 🙂
OK, I grudgingly admit I enjoyed that Archuleta concert
“A couple of weeks ago I was surprised at how much I enjoyed The Piano Guys’ concert at Tuacahn Amphitheatre in Ivins. Now that surprise has been awarded to David Archuleta.
I’ve never considered myself a fan of either. I’m still not sure I do. But both The Piano Guys and David Archuleta know how to entertain and that’s what they did.
I’ll admit, prior to Friday night’s sold-out show (he also sold out a Saturday show), my knowledge of Archuleta’s music was confined to a single album — his 2012 covers record, “Begin.” I reviewed that album when it came out and the gist of it was: beautiful voice, not much emotion. That’s what I expected from his live show but he proved me wrong.
As he came out on stage, I wasn’t even sure if we were going to get his famously beautiful voice. He sounded a bit hoarse on “The Other Side Of Down,” his opening song. But it seems as if his voice just needed to warm up. By the time he lit into his cover of Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know” he was sounding great and working the stage like a pro. And by his third song, “Don’t Run Away,” he was even bringing some powerful emotion to his delivery.
Still, I wanted to remain a curmudgeon. I had this idea in my head that Archuleta was overrated. But I found myself grudgingly applauding. He had earned it after all.
Archuleta’s appeal to the teenage girls was apparent through the evening. Many screamed compliments or requests to him between songs. While some screamed, “I love you!” at least one fan annoying demanded, “Follow me on Instagram!” multiple times through the evening.
After the pretty piano song of MKOP, he began to talk to the crowd once more but became distracted by the lights on the Tuacahn backstage — the amphitheater’s red rock cliffs. “Talk about beautiful,” he said, to which a girl in the crowd loudly responded: “You’re more beautiful!” Cue flustered Archuleta again.
Perhaps most impressive was how vulnerable Archuleta allowed himself to be with the audience. He spoke of his doubts about returning to the music industry after serving in Chile. Then he sang about it in a new song, “Numb,” which had some cliches but a powerful chorus.
He ended his set with “Crush,” much to the delight of his screaming fans, as he stalked the stage in his own distinctive way — a mixture of dynamic and restrained.
Of course, there was an encore. The first number was an all-acoustic Spanish song. Although I didn’t understand what he was saying, it was one of his best performances of the evening and he seemed to deliver it with the most passion. Then he finished off the night with “Glorious,” a song from the documentary “Meet the Mormons” and an apparent favorite of the audience.
During his performance Friday at Tuacahn Amphitheatre, David Archuleta worked the stage and interacted with the crowd. (Photo: Brian Passey / The Spectrum & Daily News)
David Archuleta performs a variety of his hits and cover songs during his sold-out concert Friday at Tuacahn Amphitheatre in Ivins City. (Photo: Brian Passey / The Spectrum & Daily News)