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GIG REVIEW: OneRepublic Native Live In Malaysia

[written by ANNE LAW]

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American rock band OneRepublic performed to a crowd of passionate fans on Halloween night on at Sunway Lagoon amidst the sweltering humidity of un-rain.

They first kept the crowd in suspense as they started to play without drawing up the white cloth blinds that covered the stage. After a short while, the blinds were removed to reveal the band members all wearing masks to celebrate Halloween, earning them deafening screams. Throughout the concert Ryan Tedder repeatedly wished the crowd a ‘happy Halloween’, on one occasionally complimenting a lucky fan on his dedication to not take off his mask despite it “being so hot.”

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They started off with “Light It Up”, which got the crowd rather excited, then jumped straight into their hit singles “Apologize” and “Secrets”. Halfway through, Tedder performed his own covers of other pop songs, notably Coldplay’s “Yellow”. Tedder consistently showed off his powerful vocal control, drastically adding high pitches and soulful murmurs into mash-ups of OneRepublic songs with other pop songs. In fact, he legitimately enjoyed his time on stage performing, dancing around to his own tunes (“head down/swaying to my own sound/flashes in my face now/all I know is everybody loves me”) and poking fun with his other band members – more often lead guitarist Zach Filkins.

He came down the stage once and was mobbed by fangirls and fanboys (which possibly overwhelmed him with their very aggressive welcome), and never did again. Which is kind of sad, really. He should throw more things into the crowd! I wanted a OneRepublic guitar pick or something, omg some lucky bastard next to me got it//tears

It was obvious that Tedder was not at all used to the weather, as he continuously re-hydrated with water (and then splashed the rest of the water onto those in the VIP zone, something he seemed to enjoy and that the crowd didn’t mind at all), and once soaked himself with water to roars and cheers of the many girls (and boys) releasing an intense bout of pheromones. I don’t know how being such a well-received musician would feel like, but I felt a little scared at the extent these people would go to.

“Asia’s best attraction.” he read a few times off the banner put up in Sunway Lagoon directly facing the stage. I swear I heard sarcasm dripping from those words. Then he chuckled to himself and shook his head. inner fangirl roar about how cute he is He shared a story about calling up his mother that night and telling her how he played in ‘Asia’s Best Attraction’, with many chuckles (so cute!) in between.

Because this was in Sunway, and because for some reason the sand and water wasn’t drained properly, there were patches of flooded pockets. Even so, your shoes would get wet just standing on the proper ‘sand’. In fact if anyone wants to see what snow looks like, it would look like that: soggy wet slush on the floor that sticks onto your shoes and makes them icky.

All in all, it was a superb concert. Tedder and band truly performed with passion and skill, all while trapped in a large pot of humidity. Despite my shoes being completely ruined and getting leg cramps from tip-toeing the whole time, I enjoyed myself immensely.

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