Guess where I was?
First concert of 2013 was Mariah Carey! MIMI! My sister and I decided to shell out the moulah for Mariah especially after a Melbourne show was scheduled at the last minute, apparently due to a cancellation many many years ago, so I think the 42 year old Carey wanted redemption.
Excitedly husband Nick Cannon (whom sister and I have loved ever since Drumline) was going to be doing a DJ set to warm up the crowd, with former CDB member (and this year’s Australia’s Got Talent winner) Andrew DeSilva as her Aussie support. Just quietly sister and I were grateful it wasn’t Aussie Idol alum Anthony Callea to perform.
I have to say DeSilva was really good. He was energetic and definitely has a solid voice. He got his groove on singing at first a funky remix of 90s hit ‘Let’s Groove’ (the 90s cover I should say) and then bam, original style and had the crowd going for sure, before not exactly a short interim before husband Nick Cannon came on to host a DJ set which was OFF THE HOOK! (Yeah, I went there) He really energised the crowds with old hip hop and new, and heck even I was dancing!
Then it was about 40 minutes until wifey Mariah came onto the stage with a dancey version of her theme (no really, its called Can’t Take That Away (Mariah’s Theme) ) with some pretty sub-standard graphics. But she can still hold those notes, she really, really can. No doubt.
Aside from the high notes, I loved how personable she was and how cheeky she was, acknowledging the crowd’s signs and having a good old chat. I have to mention for the price; her show was pretty short. Considering she hasn’t been here for what, 14 years – she did about..
eight songs. 8 (Edited to correct this to twelve songs – a friend corrected me, and had found an accurate set list) – This excludes two songs that Trey Lorenz performed sans Mariah. Whilst she did an inspired additional song in ‘Fly Like A Bird’ – no Love Takes Time? No Don’t Forget About Us? And extended remixes of My All, and a Prince track whilst Trey Lorenz (her duet partner on I’ll Be There) were just overly long. Emotions was a highlight, as well as I’ll Be There – and the fact that she still absolutely went for those high notes
I enjoyed the night, had fun with my sister and she and I have bonded over Mariah and her albums for a very long time, but to have seen the star of the show for about an hour and a half at most, left me a little disappointed.