Girl band S.H.E. brought the house down at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Contributed by Sim Yee Tat
|CN PHOTO: Poh Yang Zheng|
Before one even stepped into the S.H.E. concert on April 17, their 10,000 fans gathered at the Singapore Indoor Stadium were already screaming in anticipation of watching the Taiwanese trio in action. And indeed, S.H.E. did not disappoint the capacity crowd.
Known for their high energy performances delivered in a cloud of sugary sweetness, S.H.E. put up a show, well-pitched at the young or the young at heart. Most of the concertgoers recognized every single song on S.H.E.’s song list that night. Dressed up in futuristic costumes with avant-garde stage props, the pop trio put on such a musical extravaganza and visual fiesta with their neatly-crafted dance moves, that their captivated fans showed their pleasure by pumping their fists to the beat and sounding out deafening whistles. S.H.E.’s global appeal was apparent, evidenced by the thousands of red and yellow placards scripted in Thai, Bahasa and Japanese. Their music cuts through any language or cultural boundaries.
Their smooth delivery of 40 songs ranging from rock, R&B and karaoke-friendly medleys such as “Superstar” and the acoustic version of “Dream A Little Dream Of Me” was complemented well by the band’s seamless guitar riffs and drumming rhythms. In perfect accompaniment were the pyrotechnics that served as a visual representation of the band’s unique strength in transiting different vocal pitches.
In addition, S.H.E.’s ability to connect and engage their fans also led the ecstatic crowd to spiral into dizzying heights of frenzy. This infectious energy and the flamboyant demeanor of the three girls ignited a tsunami of screaming voices when they came within touching distance of the fans.
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If there was a highlight in this concert of high moments, it would have to be the solo performances put up by the three girls, Selina, Hebe and Ella. Their collective rendition of “Remember” showed off their unique blend of individual talents. What was also commendable was their adventurous experimenting with various musical instruments as they belted out new songs that challenged their vocal comforts.
S.H.E.’s strength also lies in its appeal as role models for young women. Through their video montages, the three shared the story of how they came to know one another, and how they pursued their dream and became S.H.E. It was powerful fuel for their young audience, who clearly aspire to such friendships and success.
One concert-goer Anna Tan, 22, who was also at Plaza Singapura for the autograph signing session the next day, quipped, “The dynamic performance by S.H.E. leaves me wanting more and more!” Marketing executive Michael Goh, 24, commented, “The overall set-up of the whole concert was fantastic; I really got more than what I bargained for.”
Not only did the concert live up to expectations, some elements from their performance have certainly improved and evolved from past concerts. Avid fan Vanessa Sim, 25, who has attended all of S.H.E.’s previous concerts summed it all up: “I’ve seen S.H.E. grow with their music and this recent performance was the best among all I’ve ever seen.”