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Monday November 4, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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by angelin yeoh
OneRepublic vocalist Ryan Tedder got the crowd going with hit songs Apologize and Stop & Stare at their concert in Surf Beach, Sunway Lagoon.
Bad weather is no deterrent to OneRepublic’s showmanship.
WHEN heavy rain struck Klang Valley last Thursday, you could hear the collective gasp of concert-goers wondering if OneRepublic’s show will go on as planned. Heavy rain often means technical delays that could go on forever.
But for Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, the rain was a blessing. “I’m glad it rained earlier cause that must have bought the temperature down by 20 degrees,” he said to the adoring crowd at their full-length concert in Surf Beach, Sunway Lagoon. The band had previously performed at the 2008 MTV Asia Awards in Genting Highlands.
There were no major technical delays as the band kicked off the show at 8.40pm with Don’t Look Down. They also had an interesting set-up: the band played behind a large sheet and for a moment there, all the crowd could see was their silhouettes.
The enthusiastic (mostly) young crowd was dressed for Halloween, as the concert fell on Oct 31. While there were plenty of zombies and girls in Native American gear, none stood out more than the guy who was in full Scream ghost costume. Tedder even gave him a shoutout during the concert.
“It must be really warm in there!” he said.
The band shared their Halloween spirit by donning ghoulish masks at the start of their performance. Thankfully, they took it off during the performance of the crowd favourite Secrets from second album Waking Up.
Charismatic frontman Tedder showed off his falsettos. He has the kind of reassuring voice that makes you believe that it’s OK to not get what you think you deserve (based on the performance of Stop & Stare).
Even when it rained again during their performance of Apologize, the band went on.
Tedder changed things up a bit, got on his piano and made the crowd sing along to Justin Timberlake’s Cry Me A River. They then covered Rihanna’s We Found Love and Coldplay’s Yellow. The band also performed an electrifying cover of Kanye West’s Gold Digger, much to the delight of fans.
Tedder obviously had fun with the crowd and was in good spirits when a member of the audience tried to throw an item of clothing at him.
“Were you trying to throw me pyjamas?! Come on, try again,” he said.
Apart from Tedder, OneRepublic comprises guitarist Zach Filkins, bassist Drew Brown, drummer Eddie Fisher and Brent Kutzle on the cello.
If you read up on the history of the band, then you’d understand why a little rain couldn’t dampen their performance.
Formed in 1996, the band had to wait until 2007 to release their debut album Dreaming Out Loud.
They were dropped by their previous label Columbia Records and had to put on hold plans to release their album. After getting some much-needed exposure on MySpace, the band signed on to Timbaland’s Mosley Music Group and the rest, as they would say, is history.
Tedder has been vocal about their initial struggles in the music industry.
During a stint on The Voice as a guest mentor for Adam Levine’s team, Tedder said: “This (song Counting Stars) is about my struggle to pursue music full-time.”
He added: “I got married relatively young, so now, I’m supporting somebody else, and I used to sit around thinking that I can’t wait till I’m not counting every single penny. I wanna be just chilling, counting stars.”
Now that they are finally living the good life, they seemed to be enjoying every minute of it.
They ended their 18-set songlist with Feel Again and another favourite, If I Lose Myself, much to the crowd’s delight.
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