1/21/10 Hard Rock Live at
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01. Butterfly Intro/Daydream Interlude
02. Shake It Off
03. Touch My Body
04. Fly Like a Bird
05. Make It Happen
06. Angels Cry
07. Subtle Invitation
08. It's Like That
09. The Impossible
10. Love Hangover/Heartbreaker
12. It's A Wrap
13. My All
14. Always Be My Baby
16. We Belong Together
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Mariah Carey Delivers At South Florida "Angels
Advocate" Tour Stop
Just give Mariah Carey a microphone and she'll either have a global audience in stitches, like her now infamous acceptance speech at the Palm Springs Film Festival where the superstar was slightly toasted, or in complete awe, like she had the sold-out crowd during her "Angels Advocate" tour stop at the Hard Rock Live in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL.
Descending from the stage in a glittered swing and wearing pounds of tulle, Carey's opening was reminiscent of a birthday girl at an MTV "My Super Sweet 16" party. But Carey, much like her very much self-aware personality, is over-the-top when it comes to her look. Every dress (she wore four) and heel sparkled. "Like the ensem?," she asked the audience after changing into a new floor length gown.
Mariah delivered some of her biggest hits from her now, believe it or not, twenty-year career. Her earliest material only came in a dancer interlude for "Make it Happen" and her latest, the stunning "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel," was relegated to only four tracks. Otherwise, the material mostly consisted of selections from "Butterfly" and on, including Billboard's recently named Song of the Decade "We Belong Together" and her latest hit "Obsessed." She also included some discography highlights like the rousing gospel-influenced "Fly Like a Bird" and the smooth jazz inflections of "Subtle Invitation."
But as engaging as any of her performances was Mariah's interaction with the audience. She took a few times to joke about her headline-making acceptance speech, although she did "lady-like sips" of a glass of champagne for herself. "Because it's my stage and I can," she said. Before another song, she also had her make-up people come onto the stage for retouching. "You know if it was you on stage, you'd do it too," she joked.
Most importantly at a Mariah Carey show is the voice and she was almost surprisingly pitch perfect. Just when you think there's some playback assistance, she adds a run or changes the note to something different from the album version. It's a lot more Mariah than some naysayers might think. Check out her live sung introduction of life-long backup singer Trey Lorenz which was both impressive singing and hilarious.
Carey has never been the most exciting stage performer
but leave the tricks to the Britney's and the Gaga's. The diva delivered,
giving vocal performances of her biggest hits that hold up with any of
her performances in the past decade. She's also showing more of who Mariah
really is than ever, and for fans, that's an endearing treat.
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Because I am a fan of the “old” Mariah, the “Vision of Love” singer with the five-octave voice who seemed destined to join the ranks of what I call the singers-with-substance club, it took some effort for me to leave my preconceived notions about Mrs. Nick Cannon and her fluff factor at the door.
Descending from the ceiling of the elegantly decorated stage swathed in shades of purple, Carey greeted her fans’ deafening screams by going into some of her most popular songs, including “Touch my Body,” and “Shake it Off,” before slowing it down with a touching tribute to Haiti with “Angels Cry.”
It’s the mix of tunes with one-dimensional titles and lyrics to match, combined with the very elegantly attired, coiffed and meticulously made-up woman that underscores the complexities which define Mariah Carey. She’s like a little girl playing dress up – brilliantly becoming a multi-millionaire and one of the most popular female singers in the world in the process.
Carey is aware of the media’s scrutiny of her every move. When she sipped water from a champagne glass, she playfully told the audience, “It’s water. It’s water. They make such a big deal about everything,” alluding to recent reports that she was slightly inebriated while giving a speech at an awards program.
“This is not an alcoholic beverage, it’s water in a champagne glass, because that’s the way I like to drink my water,” she assured adoring fans that sang along with virtually every song at her Jan. 21 performance.
Backed by a talented, four-member band that was conspicuously missing a lead guitar, three background singers and a cadre of dancers, Carey covered the entire stage. When she appeared somewhat unsteady in her stilettos, I attributed the unsteadiness to the sheer height of the shoes and not the content of her glass.
Fully and unapologetically owning her self-proclaimed diva status endears Carey to her fans. When she acknowledged that having her hair and makeup touched up on stage was “over-the-top-behavior,” and then told the audience, “If you were me, you’d do the same thing,” she got a big “I ain’t mad at you, Mariah,” laugh from the crowd.
Carey borrowed from legendary diva Diana Ross with her own version of “Love Hangover,” and allowed her dancers to strut their stuff for most of “Make it Happen,” before taking the stage to belt out the bridge.
Trey Lorenz, Carey’s honey-voiced partner on the Michael Jackson remake of “I’ll Be There,” took the stage for a soulful rendition of the King of Pop’s “Rock with You” during one of Carey’s three costume changes.
The multiple Grammy Award-winning Carey embodies the motto, “Nothing beats a failure but a try,” in her fearless intent to live and perform on her own terms. It’s evident in her career as an actress, where she bombed in her debut performance in the pitiful Glitter, only to later gain the respect of critics by demonstrating real acting chops in a couple of independent films before cementing her thespian talent as a social worker in the acclaimed movie Precious.
And it’s evident in the rollercoaster ride called her musical career, which despite her very public 2001 emotional breakdown and Virgin Records’ very expensive buyout of her contract, has seen more highs than lows.
What others think she should do with her voice apparently matters little to Carey, who has sold over 175 million albums in her 20-year career.
While her show last Thursday was definitely entertaining,
it’s Carey’s determination to be true to herself that has won my respect.
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