David Archuleta is Freebird, baby! He’s shrugged off the big-label shackles and (to quote Jonerz) is gettin’ down with his bad self! Shakin’ his groove thang, jammin’ with his band and lettin’ it rip like never before. (This David 3.0 is SO fine, he requires no “g”s at the end of words! 🙂 )
Why is this happening so far away from home? Isn’t that always where we go to feel truly free? Whether it’s backpacking across Europe, hitchhiking from Ottawa to Toronto ( 🙂 ) or performing to a packed house of 35,000 people … especially when it crosses your mind that nobody might turn up … then you realize every single person there bought a ticket to see YOU and only YOU … so they could scream and shout and sing all the words to your songs.
And before the tour even started, they bought your record in droves, played it like mad on local radio, put up huge banners all over town and showered you with love, love, pure LOVE as soon as you stepped off the plane.
Other performers might take all that adoration and start strutting around like they were entitled to it all and expect even more.
David? As if. … As we well know, he’s all about what he can give, not what he can get. So he soaks in all that love showered upon him at each Asian tour stop, no doubt whispers a prayer of gratitude, then commandeers every fibre of his being into giving as much of himself back as he can to his fans … both onstage and off.
I truly believe everything happens for a reason and David learned what he needed to from Jive. When they started to cramp his style and limit a talent that knows no boundaries, he decided it was time to declare his independence. And wow, has he ever.
A little fresh air either snuffs out a spark or fuels the burning flame. And as we clearly see on this Asian tour, David is on FI-YAH, baby!
P.S. Hanoi vids being added to the Vietnam video page (see Tab up top) as they become available! (Hanoi Baomoi.com pics above from HERE.)