Wednesday, August 29, 2007

David Tao 123 We Are All Wooden Men World Tour

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The first show was held in Shanghai 070707,
I guess it's high time I shared the pictures! :)

For all David Tao fans,
I'm sure you've read about this new tour
where almost 80% of the songs are rearranged!

And I must say it took a while for me to get used to them,
but I'm loving it!
Very groovy, very happening!

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The backing vocalists (David Tan, Elisa, and myself) gathered at
David's hotel room to go through our parts first,
and were momentarily distracted by the DOUBLE RAINBOW!

This is the view from Conrad Hotel's top floor,
in case you were guessing :)

Okk, back to rehearsal. hehe



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During the long ten-day rehearsals,
Elisa and I tried out some Beyerdynamic mics to compare sound quality...

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in the end
I was convinced to replace my current Shure Beta58A
with the Beyerdynamic Opus 89!
(As seen here)

Although the Shure mic is a proven value-for-money and generally good mic
for all kinds of voices,
I wanted to invest in something better for my weekly gigs,
so decided to give this a try.
The cheaper rates that my music director Kheng Long got for us was also
too tempting to resist!

(P.S. Whenever I whip out my own mic for use at gigs,
many people are usually surprised that I have my own!
Haha very professional right!
But other than sound quality,
I'm really more concerned about hygiene issues as I usually
smother the mic with my lip gloss and saliva. EWW)





So!
After a gruelling ten days of rehearsals we fly off to Shanghai!
Land of the Xiao Long Bao!
Click here for previous Shanghai Xiaolongbao escapade for JJ Lin's show last year!

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We didn't queue up for the famous Nanxiang Xiao Long Bao this time,
and settled for some commoner Xiao Long Bao,
which turned out to be really crappy =S

We are smiling in the photo because we haven't tried it yet. (-_-)"

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This is Elisa from Taiwan,
my fellow roomie, tourist partner and backup vocalist.
She also plays the trombone, guitar and violin!!!
Multi-instrumentalist!!!


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This is 城隍庙

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where they offer open thermantidote.

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and sell DND.




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Free haircut in hotel room toilet
by Elvis, celebrity hairstylist from Taiwan, before the show :)
They call him 猫王.
I call him 猫哥.




Straight to the show!!

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at Hong Kou Stadium

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The crowd loved it.
The rearrangements were fresh,
they went wild everytime they heard the 1st line of the song,
since they usually couldn't recognise the song from the altered intro.

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The rain was pouring,
it got heavier throughout the show,
and many fans simply gave up trying to shelter from the rain
and started waving their umbrellas around,
soaking in the rain,
and their adrenaline.

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A little opera segment during the show??

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In this tour,
as usual the musicians share in David's limelight.
I sing 天天 with him,
as well as 苏三说, 今天你要嫁给我.

As mentioned on Leelian's program last night,
天天, now an acoustic version
is simply,
David, myself and guitar.

When you duet a love song, with a single guitar,
in front of 25000 people,
its simplicity is magnified
and its impact multiplied...


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My name my name!

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The press usually likes to publish photos of body contact, apparently.
This was during the song Shanghai-ed 讨厌红楼梦, I think.



I remember vividly that at one point,
during the song 爱我还是他
i was pretty much overwhelmed with emotion
watching the crowd,
soaked silly,
but contented.

In many ways, I thought the rain released all inhibitions,
rather than dampened the crowd.
Everyone was drenched,
they were standing on their chairs
having the best time of their lives.



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we had a great time too :)



When was the last time you got completely drenched
by music, emotion and rain all at the same time?

9 comments:

Stanley said...

The double rainbow was in Singapore?

Anne said...

kiwi is too sexy for any mic!

girl, actually i kind of miss u. really hope one day we can try to write something new soon!

oh, and also looking forward to attend YOUR concert too! <3

xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxxoo

YL said...

So how does the Opus 89 compare to the Beta58a? It seems the Beyerdynamic mic is pretty new, can't seem to find reviews on it on my fav music gear websites.
Have you tried the Sennheiser e421II or the Electrovoice RE20? They are also very solid dynamic mics for live applications though the latter is more suited for deep, rich male vocals...

kewei said...
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kewei said...

hi stanley, yup it was in Sg :) in fact, that's the singapore flyer right at the corner..

anne dearie, thanks! muak muak. argh i've been procrastinating :S will finally get my ass to writing new stuff soon!! (i know i've been saying that since 10 years ago)

and yl, yup this mic is one of the latest! aesthetically, it's actually pretty big for a small frame like myself. sound wise, it's supposed to reduce feedback, but it' sensitive to pickup sounds at the same time. it definitely sounds richer than the beta58a :)
i didn't try the 2 u mentioned, or go try out several mics before i bought this - usu it's hard to judge from trying out mics in shops as well. since i had a chance to use it all day for rehearsal and really liked it, i just bought it la! :)

silentboi said...

congrats on the concert!

ice^angel said...

hey, sorry for being random and rude,
but ur uncle is MAJ Tay?!

Ong M.Y said...

hey kiwi, i saw a double rainbow when i was in Australia too. Mesmerizing eh? Edwin laughed at me when I jumped out of the car, shouting, "Double rainbowwwww!" Sometimes the skyscrapers are too high and we are too busy to look at the sky, we forget how beautiful nature can be.

beherca said...

Hi Ke Wei, I was there, at Hongkou Stadium when you were singing songs with David,haha, I have to say that it is really an amazing night, thanks for the beauty voice and songs that you all had brought to us. It is a good night 070707, sweet, emotional,romantic....and what else could i say, it is brilliant.谢谢好看的show

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