Monday, June 27, 2011

Concert Review - Rihanna

Went to the Rihanna concert on Saturday night with the sister.

Let's see... opening act: JCole
He was good. He performed to a very small crowd since most people hadn't arrived yet; but, he was good.
I don't know any of his songs and I'd never heard of him before... but I remember his name now so, I'd say that he left a good impression!

Next up: B.O.B.
Now, I'd heard of B.O.B. but I didn't think I'd know any of his songs. Turns out, he's featured in lots of songs and I knew a good chunk of them. In fact, he's featured in one of my favourite songs right now
- Jessie J's Price Tag (2:19)

PS: I should also add that while B.O.B. is an incredible rapper, he whipped out a guitar and sang a song and... boy can sing!! A rapper that can sing and play the guitar? A crush is born!

And finally: Rihanna
Now RiRi puts on one hell of a show!! She is just as good live as she is on her album, she's entertaining, and her show fun to watch. She has a potty mouth and she's dirty as hell (there was a lot of v'jay-jay touching and at one point she brought a fan on stage, straddled her, and pretty much sat on her face); but, she is fricken awesome!
There were elaborate props and stage changes happening: from half a car that was vandalized during a show by 2 lucky fans (an unfortunate coincidence in light of the riots that just occurred here in Vancouver), to a pink tank that had RiRi straddling it's guns and shooting smoke at the crowd.
Overall, great concert RiRi and really good opening acts!

Up next.. Britney Spears on July 1st!! Don't judge me! I heart Brit.. I even loved her when she went a little coo-coo for cocoa puffs.
My mom is the unfortunate soul who is accompanying me to the show.. I should probably warn her that I'm going to lose my shit with Brit comes out and that I'm going to squeal like a 12 year old at a Bieber concert. (mom got stuck with the ticket because the sister is aware of the aforementioned crazy that will be displayed)
Stay tuned for the review. I'll try to be as objective as possible


Monday, June 6, 2011

Concert Review - Bruno Mars

June is the month of birthdays in my family: I'm on the 4th, my mom is on the 8th, and my dad is on the 15th. So, to celebrate this year, my mom bought us all (including my sister who was born in November) tickets to the Bruno Mars concert.

The opening act, Mayer Hawthorne, was really good. He was entertaining and fun and I don't know any of his music, but I intend of buying some on iTunes. He was good.
Then Janelle Monae came out... FAIL!! I want to give Janelle the benefit of the doubt and say that she might be a very good singer; however, the sound during her set was awful. Her band was too loud, her mic was too loud.. I had no idea what she was singing (my mom asked if she was even singing in English).
I thought that perhaps I just thought it sounded bad because I didn't know the words to her songs; but, then she sang a Michael Jackson song. At least, I think she sang a Michael Jackson song. The music sounded like MJ, the lyrics sounded like cats being swung around a room and running their nails down a chalkboard at the same time - descriptive enough?
I think I was also annoyed by the fact that she didn't engage with the crowd at all. She just sang at us. No "Hello Vancouver", no "How are you all doing?", no acknowledgement of the fact that there were people sitting in front of her AT ALL. Sorry, Janelle: that one I can't blame on the acoustics.
And then. Bruno. Mars. Fricken awesome!! He was charming and funny and entertaining and good looking and has a great voice and great stage presence.. I'm loving Bruno right now! Just loving him!

In all, I'd say that the concert was a success. I was there to see Bruno: I saw him, I loved him, I aspire to make him love me too (what? too far? okay, I'll dial it back a little).