Excited were both fellow writer, Atika, and I as we first made our way into The Coliseum to catch Demi Lovato perform live for the very first time in Singapore. Earlier that day, Demi tweeted: “But seriously… can’t believe I’m in SINGAPORE right now…” As much disbelief as she was in, so were her fans (a.k.a. Lovatics).
The line stretched all the way from the outside of the The Coliseum to the outside of The Maritime Experiental Museum. I’ve been to The Coliseum two other times before (the first time for Yellowcard and the second for All Time Low), but the length of the queue for Demi Lovato’s concert beat both other concerts hands-down. As we walked through the hoards of fans, I noticed how varied Lovatics were, as they were made up of secondary school kids still in their school attire, to little kids no older than 10 (with the company of their parents), and even to grown men. But no matter how different they were, they all had one thing in common – their love for Demi and her music.
As soon as doors opened, everyone started running in into The Coliseum to secure their spots. It was a very frightening experience for both of us as we were caught in midst of the craze. “Stop running! Stop running!” screamed the security guards to the deaf ears of the Lovatics. If there was anything that I learnt today (besides that Demi is actually a really really good singer), it would be that Lovatics are
crazy insane not to be messed with.
The concert was supposed to begin at 8pm, however, just as she was for the press conference, Demi was late. Even before the concert began, many girls were already being carried out of the crowd due to dehydration or difficulties in breathing. What a pity, as they must have queued for this for a long time. While the crowd was already starting to get impatient and half-dead, there was still no sign of her at 8.30pm. It wasn’t until 9pm when Demi and her band entered the stage to perform the first song, Unbroken. It was almost like her presence alone brought the audience to life instantly! She then moved on to Get Back, in which she stepped it up and got the crowd even more excited than they already were.
With such an energetic start to the show, I already had a good feeling about the rest of it.
Donned in black from head to toe, it was clear from the start that Demi was going for the rocker-chic look that night. It was even more evident when she brought out her electric guitar during Here We Go Again. Demi managed to maintain the energy level of the audience and showed no sign of fatigue. She worked the audience effortlessly and I thought it was nice of her to walk to the far ends of the stage occasionally, so that everyone could get a clear glimpse (or photo) of her. Halfway through the set, Demi also talked a little about her forthcoming album which she just finished recording, describing it to be a lot about “love, heartbreaks and many issues that she has never talked about”.
While her upbeat songs were fun and energetic, my favourite performances of the night had to be the more intimate ones, such as My Love Is Like A Star and Lightweight. Both performances managed to showcase Demi’s strong, soulful voice in all its glory, without the need to compete with the loud instruments.
Before she began singing her hit single, Skyscraper, Demi took a second to talk about the battles she had faced and how she was a living proof that anyone can get out stronger from an eating disorder. As Demi began singing, it became clear to me why she was able to connect so well with the audience, and that was because she was so open and honest about the issues that she has faced in life. To the Lovatics, Demi was their role-model and personal hero. Be inspired by her performance of Skyscraper:
Demi then transformed The Coliseum into a club when she started performing Turn Up The Music. Everyone unleashed their inner clubber spirit and danced along to the song.
All in all, I had a very good time at the concert. It sure was different from the concerts that I have previously attended, but it was a good kind of different. And while I had my doubts about going for this concert at first, they were all put to rest by the end of it. Despite occasionally being overshadowed by the loud drums and guitar, Demi’s vocals remained impeccable throughout. The concert also had a good balance of upbeat and slow songs, which made the concert lively yet intimate at the same time. With every song that Demi sang, I remember the same thought recurring in my mind, and it was: “Demi can sing”.
Demi left the stage after Remember December, A couple of minutes later, Demi and her band returned to the stage to go all out on the last song of the night, Give Your Heart A Break. What a great end to a fantastic show – check it out below!
All photos (except setlist) taken by Amos Wong. Courtesy of Universal Music Singapore and MediaCorp VizPro.