Thursday, April 24, 2014

Sarah Geronimo concert at du Forum

It's rare for me to be in Abu Dhabi on a Thursday night, but Filipino pop star Sarah Geronimo's "Perfect 10" tour, celebrating her 10 years in showbiz, came to Abu Dhabi's Yas Island this weekend.

It took me an extra 20 minutes to get the the venue (fortunately budgeted for). Let's just say I will never again confuse du Forum with du Arena.

It was my first time at du Forum (clearly), which is a generally nice venue: an ample stage in a huge air-conditioned tent, with enough room for large screens at the sides. Lighting and sound at the concert were great too -- no live support music, but the playback was executed well.

The concert was about two and a half hours long -- not all of it performances, as there were quite a few videos played about her career history. Sarah G's set covered a wide range of pop -- mostly in English, but with a few Filipino songs here and there. She sang a couple of Celine Dion covers, as well as Radiohead, and "Let It Go" from Disney's Frozen. She also did duets with Mark Bautista and James Reid, who threw in some great solos while she was between performances. Near the end, she danced a Micheal Jackson tribute (apparently one of her primary inspirational figures), and closed with a fast Rihanna number backed by the G-Force dancers.

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