Mariah Carey has been plagued with bad reviews throughout the Asian leg of “The Elusive Chanteuse Tour” – however apart from the 40 degree celsius heat there were no complaints from the audience last night in Brisbane, Australia.
In 2013 at the Gold Coast Convention Centre I saw Mariah Carey in concert – and she certainly impressed but this show was the standout of the two.
The vibe was chill, the afternoon and evening were sweltering hot and the audience were buzzing from Sirromet’s on site wine. The audience bought their own chairs in the General Admission section and Esky’s packed with food and water. The crowd demographic spanned from children to the elderly with women outnumbering men.
I went to “The Elusive Chanteuse Tour” with my mother aka Mama Fancye and we were seated in the General Admission area and were very comfortable sitting on our Game of Thrones Iron Throne style (at least it feels like it when sitting on them) large Tommy Bahama chairs recently purchased from Costco. Equipped with water, comfortable summer attire and mosquito spray we were prepared for an enjoyable night in with Mimi, Nathaniel and Casey Barnes.
Nathaniel took the stage around 4.00pm and his set had the crowd grooving, young and old. His falsetto voice played the perfect primer for the diva’s whistle register filled set list. He was an excellent support act choice for Mariah Carey.
Mariah graced us with her gorgeous and talented presence at 7.10pm looking smoking in a floor length black gown opening with my favourite song of her’s (she must have known I’d be there) – “Fantasy.”
I saw ODB pop up on the large screens and I cheered with joy.
The one thing I really appreciated in this show over her 2013 tour was her added music video visuals while she performed the songs. She also performed several hip hop remixes of her songs which I absolutely loved, something absent from her previous show.
Fortunately, for this show they corrected her audio which really was a problem last year. Credit for this standout show has to go to her backup singers starring long term singer Trey Lorenz and her incredibly talented band.
The set list from memory was as follows:
Across 110th Street
Touch My Body
Make It Happen
I Know What You Want
(Busta Rhymes cover)
It’s Like That
The Roof (Back in Time)
Don’t Forget About Us
I’m That Chick
Always Be My Baby
We Belong Together
Mariah hit the whistle register (which she’s iconic for) time after time throughout the show warranting several cheers of ‘yasssssss!’ and fist pumps. Her vocals were flawless, her outfit changes gave us signature Mariah glam as she sauntered across the stage slaying us with her talent.
I think it’s pretty accurate to say most people walked away from this show saying something along the lines of ‘she’s still got it.’ Mariah Carey has released a total of 14 albums spanning 26 years. I grew up to the sounds of “Music Box” graduating onto “Butterfly” and “The Emancipation of Mimi” and she’s not finished yet – she’s still releasing great music. It seems her split with husband Nick Cannon hasn’t affected her ability to bring the fiyah on stage if her Sirromet show was anything to go by – yes girl “Shake It Off!” Who knows, it may influence the content for her next LP.
For those who missed out on seeing this phenomenal tour closing show there is still hope – Mariah did announce it wasn’t her last time coming out to Australia. “The Elusive Chanteuse” was a trip down memory lane, it was feel good, melancholy and emotional at times. A good friend of mine stated he was ‘inconsolable’ by the time “Hero” came on at the end – diva’s of Mariah’s magnitude tend to have that effect.
If you saw “The Elusive Chanteuse” at Sirromet Winery, November 16 or in other cities let me know what you thought of the show in the comments below!