S.H.E x Aaron Yan [Forever Star] Australian Tour - Sydney Concert

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Following their concert in Melbourne on Friday, S.H.E and Aaron Yan (炎亞綸) held their second and last show of their Australian Tour on Sunday at the Qantas Credit Union Arena. I went with both my sisters—one being a fan of S.H.E, and the other being a fan of Aaron. I like both, but I'm a more of a fan of S.H.E.


We sat in the first row of the back part of Section 6—the $179 category, but we only paid $159 for a ticket because the concert organiser ran a promotion on Facebook/Weibo/WeChat where you could get a $20 discount if you shared one of their posts and showed it to them at the presale.

The first thing I noticed when we got to our seats was how close we were to the stage. I think it's because they pushed the stage forward and thus downsized Sections A, B and C. I'm glad we chose not to fork out another $60 each like the people in the row in front of us for their $239 seats.

Aaron was the first to perform. My favourite songs that he performed were "That's Not Me" (這不是我), and and his cover of "Don't You Wanna Stay" (original by Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson). He sang the duet with a backup singer who, by the way, has amazing vocals. (I think she even sang better than Aaron!) I secretly wanted Aaron to sing "二分之一" (1/2) (original by Aaron himself and G.NA) with one of the S.H.E girls but I knew it was very unlikely because he's not actually a guest.

I kind of felt bad for Aaron because the crowd wasn't very "supportive" when he wanted us to sing along with him. I think it was probably because people weren't familiar with his songs or the songs he chose sing, and that most people came for S.H.E. (Was it just me or was the music and mics actually louder for the trio?)

You could also tell that Aaron wasn't very comfortable with making small talk either—and the staff wanted him to say something after every song! But nonetheless, he put up a good performance that night where he sang for about an hour.

When S.H.E came on, the atmosphere was no joke: the crowd went crazy for the trio. Whether it was an upbeat song or a ballad, the energy of the crowd did not minimise at all. The girls absolutely ROCKED the stage. They were so lively and comfortable with an audience they've only seen once before (and that was 5 years ago).

However, seeing Selina on stage again was the highlight for me. It was so nice seeing her smile again in real life now that the accident's behind her. She's become a much stronger person—not only physically, but mentally and emotionally too. #soproud

One thing I have to mention is the song list because it did NOT disappoint. The girls sang a combination old and new songs unlike their S.H.E is the One concert back in 2010, where they only sang songs from their old albums and none from their then latest album, "SHERO".

On Sunday night, they performed classics like "Not Yet Lovers" (戀人未滿) and Tropical Rainforest (熱帶雨林); my favourites like "Sight Of Ten Thousand Years" (一眼萬年) and "Dawn" (天亮了); and newer songs like "Love So Right" (愛就對了), "SHERO", and "Blossomy" (花又開好了).

The crowd was amazing and so enthusiastic, because when the girls asked everyone to sing along, they actually did! In fact, it was the first time I've ever heard an audience sing so loud on its own. The girls weren't the only ones surprised that we responded so well because I was too! That's because I know that us Sydneysiders are a rather shy bunch at Chinese concerts. (But I'm sure the lyrics that were projected on screen helped too.)

Overall, it was a great show, but I would've preferred it if S.H.E and Aaron had their own separate concerts because only then would we get the full 3 hours with one artist. I read on Facebook that this concert was going to be S.H.E's last concert ever. I don't know where they got their information from, but it's not true—Ella, Selina and Hebe might be doing their activities like releasing solo albums, but I highly doubt they're not going to stand on stage as "S.H.E" again.

Because the Australian Government heightened security alert to "HIGH", Qantas Credit Union Arena also implemented stricter measures on the venue like conducting a full security check on all patrons before entering. For that reason, I wasn't able to freely use my DSLR during the concert like previously. I was also super wary of the security guards, so I only managed to get a few good shots.

But now I've come to the conclusion that I cannot simply enjoy a concert without taking photos. I sat through the first hour fidgeting because the only thing I could think about was "Look at all these good shots I can take!" Maybe I should just ask future organisers if I can be one of their venue photographers—I'm even willing to pay for my ticket!

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