April 18 / Festive Grand, Resorts World Sentosa / Singapore
Following a very successful first show of his Asian headlining tour in Kuala Lumpur, Greyson and his crew took an early morning flight to Singapore for the second show in as many nights. Aida reviewed the show for Spin or Bin Music and had this to say about Greyson’s performance:
First on his setlist, the anthem of online relationships, Unfriend You. Screwed sound system aside, I was stunned by how his voice came out. It could be the strenuous vocal activities (busy boy’s got so many stops on his tour!) or voice breaking, but there was a husky tone to it. Whatever the reason is, it’s definitely working well for him!
With two songs down, Greyson pulled his first, of many as I found later that evening, surprise. Bringing us back to 2010, when he was still just another kid from the internet, he played Lady Gaga’s Paparazzi. It was just like how he did it on Ellen, although it was evident that he has developed his own flair over the years.
One pop song to another, the second surprise was pulled out after a couple of his own. This time, he injected a little British flavour by performing an acoustic version of Rolling In The Deep. Of course, the crowd loved it. Even the adults around me who were probably the most lifeless concert-goers ever were singing along.
The final surprise came in the form of a tweaked version of 2011’s sole indie hit to make it big on mainstream radio; Foster The People’s Pumped Up Kicks. Forget the electronic beats, Greyson had his own smooth take on the song, which showcased his powerful lungs. Song choice wasn’t gelling very well with the folks behind me though, who exclaimed “Did he just say fucked up kids?” Now, now girls, control your parents.
He closed the show with Hold On Til The Night, followed by Waiting Outside The Lines, but came back barely five minutes later, much to the relief of the girls demanding an encore.
Greyson Chance’s stage presence and talent was simply a joy to experience live. I kinda wish he’d pause between songs to squeeze in some audience interaction, though, because the entire set seem a tad too rushed for my liking.
Thanks to Aida’s review, we now know what Greyson’s entire setlist is for this leg of the tour. One major song that we missed from his first show in Kuala Lumpur is the world premiere of “Running Away.” As everybody probably remembers, “Running Away” is a bonus song off of Hold On ‘Til The Night that was initially only released on the Philippines version of the album and was subsequently included on the Hold On ‘Til The Night Special Asia Edition. Greyson had never previously performed this song in any form and from the one video that has surfaced it seems that his performance is very true to the album version of the song. Now that “Running Away” has made it into the setlist, only “Stranded” and “Slipping Away” remain as songs that Greyson has yet to perform live off of Hold On ‘Til The Night.
Check out Greyson’s Performance of “Running Away” from Singapore:
One other things that we had missed from the Kuala Lumpur show is that Greyson has started dancing! During his now very popular cover of “Pumped Up Kicks,” Greyson, Hayden Maringer and Evan Marien do a little dance. Check it out in the video below starting around the 1:40 mark!
Greyson is now in Indonesia where he will be taking part in a number of promotional events before his concert Friday in Jakarta!
Setlist: Unfriend You / Heart Like Stone / Light Up The Dark / Paparazzi / Fire / Running Away / Little London Girl / Home Is In Your Eyes / Rolling In The Deep / Purple Sky / Summertrain / Cheyenne / Pumped Up Kicks / Hold On ‘Til The Night / Waiting Outside the Lines
Encore: Take A Look At Me Now