When the PR agency invited me to Retrolicious 2012, I must admit that I have only ever heard of Alphaville and “Forever Young”. Still, I’m always up for live music and giving people a chance so I took up the invitation.
Needless to say, there were moments when I went, “OMG! I know this song!” but fortunately, it wasn’t that many so I can still safely say that I’m not that old. 🙂 Hahaha.
I entered via the VIP entrance at the venue just in time for the free flow of drinks and food to start. Haha. I have such excellent timing. 🙂 After climbing up the slope, I definitely needed a drink. I did help myself to some food as well and it was nice. I must say that my favourite part of the VIP benefits is definitely the fact that I don’t have to use a port-a-loo when nature calls. The free flow drinks was nice too but I’m used to going concerts with minimal drinks so it didn’t really bother me much.
At 8 pm, the Class 95 DJs took to the stage dressed up various celebrities from the 80s in the blast from the past 80s themed night.
Wang Chung then kicked off the night with their set. I didn’t know who they were until their last song when they sang “Let’s Go”. I was like, “Oh! I know this song! It’s their song?”
I was actually very surprised to hear that this is their first time in Singapore for a show. No wonder there were some really very excited people in the audience.
Those guys sounded great but towards the end of their set, their voices gave way a little. I’m not going to hold it against them because at 57 or so if you can do a full set, you deserve respect.
Tiffany was up next. Just like with Wang Chung, I didn’t know any of the songs until she sang “If Love is Blind”. I never knew that were her song! I also recognised her version of “I Think We’re Alone Now” and her cover of “Sweet Child of Mine”.
Tiffany sounds amazing! I really enjoyed her set a lot. She threw a surprise at the crowd by sending regards to everyone on behalf of Tommy Page. Oh. My. God. I haven’t heard that name for at least 15 years now.
By the time Howard Jones took to the stage at about 10.00 pm, the crowd was already starting to get tired. You can’t blame them can you? The average age in the audience had to be around 40 and you really need a lot of energy to survive a 4 hour concert, standing.
I didn’t recognise any of Howard Jones’s songs except for this cover of “Twist & Shout”.
Alphaville was the last act of the night. They took to the stage at about 11.10pm and by then, even I was tired. I also couldn’t help but notice that the lead singer of Alphaville kinda looks like Ricky Gervais from where I was standing at the back. Haha.
When they sang the only song I recognise, “Forever Young”, it was really amusing how everyone in the audience automatically started swaying with their arms in the air. Unconsciously, I also found myself swaying along and singing along to whatever words I know for the chorus of “Forever Young”. Haha.
Here are the other photos which came out alright:
It was really fun overall even though I didn’t know most of the songs. I don’t bother to check set lists beforehand nowadays, I prefer to be surprised. 🙂
Also, it was really cool how Running Into The Sun played music videos, flashed images from the 80s and did a best-dressed contest between the sets while they changed the stage. It was definitely a better than just playing music like all the other concerts I’ve been to.
And holy crap! I actually know all the songs of the music videos that they played between sets!! Then again it’s is not hard to know the songs since they played Rick Astley, Whitney Houston, Kylie Minogue, Prince, Madonna and Michael Jackson.
Finally, I must add that it was definitely very fun and amusing to see middle aged guys dancing to the music like they were in their teens again. It was definitely one of the factors that made the whole Retrolicious concert such a fun experience for me.
That said, here’s to the next Retrolicious concert in October 2013! 🙂