Monday, February 20, 2012

Concert Review: The Black Star Tour 2012

Avril Lavigne: the Black Star Tour
Venue: Stadium Merdeka
Time: 8.30pm
Date: 18th February 2012

Brought by JS Concert Production and sponsored by Tune Talk Mobile, is  the last leg of her Black Star Tour. The concert's proceeding started out with the booming beat from a DJ Nandine Ann Thomas.
After tunes of the DJ came into past, she screamed, " Are you ready for Avril Lavigne??!!????". That is when the crowd went euphoric and shouted like crazy.
She open the show  an about  8.40pm with the song Blackstar and What the Hell from her newest album Goodbye Lullaby. After that comes strings of old hits from here previous albums such as Sk8er Boi and He wasn't. Avril brings things down a notch with a haunting song from the Tim Burton movie Alice in Wonderland , aptly named Alice. She soared throughout the song it was a commendable effort from her. 
More on more songs were belted out such as When you're gone, Wish you were here, Girlfriend, Happy Ending, I'am with you 
Before Avril closes the show with Complicated, she and her band-mates decided to bring fun into the repertoire by switching music instruments. That is when Avril guitarist decided to sing Foster the Kids, Pumped Up Kicks to the delight of the audience.
After about an hour and a half the show came to an end. Avril is not one of the best vocalist on stage, but that is understandable from the types of song she carries to her fans. One gripe I have about her performance is the lack of showmanship. Throughout the almost 1 hour and 30 minutes of performance. She rarely engages with the crowd. Even though she repeats twice that, " This will be a happy moment for us (band mates), because Kuala Lumpur will be the last stop of the Black Star Tour". 
What she really meant by that is that I better finished the songs quick and catch the next plane home. The show was void of emotion and interaction from her. She could have used the venue to her advantage by being flirty or engaging in some humorous one on one chatter with her fans, which she clearly didn't do.
I came home feeling divided about her concert. Her voice was just good but not spectacular and her showmanship gets a thumbs down from me. Nothing for me to feel emotionally connected or wanting more after watching that. It's just that bad.
 I love her song, but I am on the fence with this concert review.

P.S: A  video will be up soon. Stay tune.



Daniel Chiam said...

I envy you man! I was hoping to be able to go for the concert but I really need to saved up some money... :(

I hope you really had fun with her ^^

sully86 said...

daniel chiam: don't worry, she will definitely come back as this is her second time here performing at malaysia. Actually I had fun at her concert, it is just that her showmanship on stage is lacking. That was a minus for me. A video is coming up pretty soon okay. Just wait for it.

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