BUCHAREST, MUSIC SUPERSTAR

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Bucurestiul a dat lovitura bine de tot pe plan muzica in vara aceasta. Maroon 5, Queen, Muse, Iron Maiden, Rihanna, Sia si Steve Aoki au cantat pe rand in Piata Constitutiei. Despre Maroon 5 si Muse am scris deja. Urmeaza in top Sia, Steve Aoki si Rihanna. Bucharest was a musical hit this summer. Maroon 5, Queen, Muse, Iron Maiden, Rihanna, Sia and Steve Aoki amazed us in Constitution’s Square. I already wrote about Maroon 5 and Muse. Sia, Steve Aoki and Rihanna are next on my playlist.

Sia

Contrar asteptarilor mele dinainte de cele trei concerte, Sia a cantat cel mai bine, si a prezentat un show inedit. Pe mine nu m-a deranjat aspectul minimalist al scenei (dansatorii sunt cei pusi in valoare), nici faptul ca nu a interactionat cu publicul, nici faptul ca a cantat doar o ora. Asa sunt toate spectacolele ei. Sia se lupta cu o timiditate extrema, a castigat lupta cu abuzul de droguri si alcool si a iesit dintr-o depresie crunta. Peruca si interactiunea minima cu publicul sunt scutul ei atunci cand se afla pe scena. Si e ok, acest lucru nu ii stirbeste cu nimic vocea spectaculoasa. Mai mult, reuseste prin “vocile” care intra pe fundal intre piese sa ne primeasca intr-un coltisor din mintea ei. Merita mentionat si faptul ca Maddie Ziegler, dansatoarea-vedeta din multe videoclipuri ale Siei nu a fost prezenta la Bucuresti. A fost inlocuita de Stephanie Mincole, o artista la fel de talentata. Imaginile prezentate pe ecrane nu erau transmise in direct pe de scena. Totul a fost inregistrat dinainte si sincronizat la perfectie cu ceea ce avea loc pe scena. Insa era destul de greu sa iti dai seama de acest lucru fara sa fii posesor de bilete la Diamond Circle. Asa ca sa nu va para rau daca ati fost pacaliti. Din punctul meu de vedere asta a fost singura “teapa” pe care ne-a tras-o Sia la Bucuresti. Contrary to my expectations before the three concerts, Sia sang the best and had an unusual performance. I loved the minimalistic aspect of the stage (her dancers are the main event), and I wasn’t bothered by the fact that she had minimal interaction with the audience or by the fact that she only sang for an hour. All of her shows are like this. Sia is very shy, she won the battle with drugs and alcohol addiction and found her way out of a terrible depression. The wig is her shield when she is on stage. And it’s totally fine, her voice is still spectacular. She managed to receive us in a corner from her mind through the “voices” played between her songs. It’s worth mentioning that Maddie Ziegler, the star dancer from many of her videos was not in Bucharest. She was replaced by another talented girl, Stephanie Mincole. The images you saw on the screens were not live from the stage. All was pre-recorded and perfectly synced with what was going on on stage. It was a bit hard to figure this out without having Diamond Circle tickets, so don’t be sorry if you were fooled. From my point of view, this was Sia’s only “trick”.

Steve Aoki

Steve Aoki a fost surpriza placuta pentru mine. A fost primul DJ pe care l-am vazut mixand live si sincer nu prea stiam la ce sa ma astept. Odata intrat pe scena omul a demonstrat ca stie sa faca un show total. A interactionat foarte mult cu publicul, ne-a facut pe toti sa topaim si sa batem din palme si a alternat perfect momentele de “bubuiala” house cu mix-uri de hituri celebre.

La noi nu s-a plimbat cu barca gonflabila printre oameni, dar nu a renuntat la … bataia cu tort de la finalul concertului. Norocosii sau … ghinionistii, nici nu stiu cum sa le spun, din fata scenei au primit fix in figura cateva torturi cu frisca, facute dupa niste instructiuni precise de la staff-ul lui Steve Aoki. A fost singurul dintre cei trei artisti care a iesit pe scena la bis … dar nu a mai mixat nimic, doar a salutat fanii si s-a dus direct in mijlocul lor. Ma intreb daca nu cumva omul ar mai fi vrut sa ne incante cu ceva dar nu a mai fost lasat din cauza restrictiilor de organizare.

Steve Aoki was the pleasant surprise of the festival. It was the first time I saw a DJ mixing live and I didn’t really know what to expect. Once he stepped on stage he showed us that he is an awesome entertainer. He interacted a lot with the audience, made us all clap and dance and perfectly alternated the hardcore house moments with really cool hits mixes.

He didn’t take a trip with the inflatable boat in the audience here, but he did his “Cake me” moment at the end. The lucky or … unlucky ones that were standing in front of the stage took part in a cake fight. The cream cakes were specifically designed after some clear instructions from Steve’s staff. He was the only one of the three artists that came out for an encore, but he just high-fived the fans and interacted with them. I wonder if he couldn’t play more because of some restrictions.

Rihanna

Rihanna a iesit a treia in topul asta tocmai pentru ca a respectat zicala aia cu “La pomul laudat …” A fost eventul festivalului, dar in preferintele mele ramane ultima. Nu spun ca nu m-am simtit bine, doar ca am trait cu senzatia ca a pacalit “cantatul”. Pe multe dintre piese a facut playback, era mai preocupata de sticla de bere decat de voce si all over a fost usor apatica. Nu am de gand sa ma plang pentru faptul ca nu a schimbat 7 costume, pentru ca nu asta conteaza la un artist. Momentul meu preferat a fost mix-ul de la mijlocul show-ului intre piesele lui Calvin Harris: We found love si How deep is your love.

La dezamagirea mea a contribuit si atitudinea publicului; oamenii au stat tot concertul cu telefoanele pe sus sa filmeze, obicei de care romanii par sa nu se mai dezvete vreodata dar si faptul ca dupa vreo 10 minute de la startul concertului cele doua ecrane s-au stins din cauza unor probleme tehnice. Asta le-a facut viata foarte grea celor care aveau bilete la Normal Circle, pentru ca era aproape imposibil sa mai distingi ceva de pe scena. Cred ca si acest incident a contribuit putin la apatia publicului.

Cam asa a fost la cele trei concerte din Bucuresti. Eu sper sa vina cat mai multi artisti la noi in vizita in continuare, asa poate se va educa si publicul nostru, care nu stie mai deloc sa se simta bine si sa interactioneze cu omul de pe scena. Pana acum, din punctul meu de vedere cele mai reusite concerte de la Bucuresti raman cele sustinute de Bon Jovi si Robbie Williams.

Rihanna came in third, she respected a Romanian saying, something among the lines of: “Man plans, God laughs.” I had a good time, but I felt a bit tricked. Rihanna lip-synced some songs and she was more concerned for her beer bottle. All over she was not very enthusiastic. I’m not gonna complain about the fact that she didn’t change 7 outfits like she usually does, it’s not what matters in a concert. My favorite moment was the Calvin Haris mix from the middle of the show: We found love and How deep is your love.
The audience disappointed me again; people don’t live the moment, they just stand there like statues too preoccupied to record everything. After 10 minutes there was also an incident: the two main screens went dark, and it made life really hard for the people in the back – they could barely distinguish what was going on on stage. I think this also contributed to the audiences’ apathy. 

I’m still waiting for more artists to come visit us, maybe our audience will learn how to really live a concert. Until now, from my point of view, Bon Jovi and Robbie Williams were the best performers in Bucharest.

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