Jonerz, oh how we’ve missed you, girl!!! Ms. J. (who hasn’t been to a pop show of David’s since before his mission) sent me her impressions of the Chicago show and she kindly let me post them, because I loved them so much. Enjoy!
Before I left the house for the David Archuleta concert at the Promontory, my hubby looked at me and asked, “Are you really gonna go out looking like that?” And I’m like, “Wut?!? *sniff*”. Then he says, “New necklace??” And I look down to see this:
Apparently when I leaned over the vanity the magnet from my electric toothbrush head decided to glom onto my necklace. Nice look don’t you think? I know David appreciates good oral hygiene but I doubt he’d enjoy seeing dental appliances swinging from the neck of one of his fans at his concert! Hahahaha
Little side note: Prior to the concert we found a restaurant/brewery that just opened up a block away from The Promonary. At the brewery I asked for recommendations on beers. She suggested a cherry wheat beer (which sounds weird but was excellent!). Then I looked at the beer menu and saw the name of the cherry wheat beer:
Wait…WUT??? COINKYDINK??!! I think not!! LOLz We had a good laugh over that!
On to the concert…
LOVED the venue. Sooooo intimate. David loved it too
️ It had a nightclub vibe with rows of small candle-lit tables in front of the stage followed by rows of seats behind the tables.
I was so happy to see the turnout. He is definitely drawing an older crowd (or maybe his original fans are just older now) but the crowd was not just a bunch of screaming teenagers or older female fans. The majority were couples in their mid-twenties to late 30s and they were unabashed in showing their appreciation of each of his songs. I was so happy (dare I say RELIEVED) to see the turnout and appreciation.
I had two extra tickets for a front row table (via a friend) that I offered to a young couple sitting in the rear seats behind the tables. They looked like deer in headlights when I offered them front row seats. “ARE YOU SERIOUS??!!” They were so excited!
Later, I saw the guy bought David’s CD! Score!!!
We were seated with two guys (brothers we think), one of which has been a David fan since Idol. The other knew of David but never saw him perform live. (Poor guy…should we call the paramedics now or wait until the show is almost over?)
Confession: I did not buy or listen to his album OR watch videos of other concert performances before this show. I went into this like a newbie.
These are my impressions as the show unfolded:
1. David is looking so good! I loved what he was wearing. Black pants, black tee, jean jacket. The hair. Absolutely perfect.
2. The band – SO GOOD! Skilled, obviously experienced, and they blend so well with David’s new vibe. Nice backup vocals too. When I looked at the stage they seemed like they belonged together. They “fit”. Good job David!
3. Stage presence. WUT THE WUT?! Holy cannoli, who unleashed the Gene Kelly inside this guy!?! I mean. We knew he had it in him but who released the Kraken??!? I think he killed a couple of ladies in the audience! WOWZER! Watching him was absolutely mesmerizing! I don’t think my brain could register everything I was hearing and seeing but my heart felt every single word. What I may have missed in a lyric was totally transmitted in his body language and delivery. Watching him perform these new songs live adds another layer to his music. At one point he was so engaged with the audience (Numb) the tips of his shoes were hanging over the edge of the stage and it felt like he was going to lunge into the crowd!
4. The voice. The Voice. THE VOICE!!! Geez Louise! Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever heard him sound this good! So strong and the lower register and new texture added another whole dimension to his vocals and he was going for, and achieved, some high notes that would have hospitalized an average singer!! I think we all needed oxygen after a couple of those! He’s upped his game…AGAIN! Unfreakingbelievable.
5. The music. I loved all of his new songs. I can’t pick a favorite. Opening with Up All Night was perfect and seeing him perform Numb was a standout. Other Things in Sight was so groovy, loved that one too! Gotta say He Lives in You is something special to witness. Probably my fav of the evening. So powerful. As usual, his covers were great. Higher Ground was fabulous, loved Scars and Thunder and hearing the medley of his older songs brought back many memories. Was great to hear Running.
After the encore when David was thanking the audience, people started coming up to the stage to shake his hand and thank him. The entire back of he room came forward and he took the time to greet everybody!
It was so special and people were so excited to meet him, it was fun to see all the enthusiasm. He seemed to sincerely enjoy the interactions. It made me so happy to see him enjoying his fans again.
The magnificent Maggie’s Periscope HERE.