David Tao puts on a very Singaporean show

The singer made his return to our shores for a solo concert after eight years.

David Tao puts on a very Singaporean show
David Tao puts on a very Singaporean show
11 Jun 2018

David Tao puts on a very Singaporean show

Photos: Studio Daydream / Universal Music Singapore
Video: Goh Wen Kai

It’s 7:30pm, and we’re settling into our seats at the Singapore Indoor Stadium 30 minutes before Taiwanese singer David Tao’s concert is set to begin. The crowd's getting all warmed up by local a cappella group and concert opener MICappella, as the co-ed group crooned their way through a selection of Mandopop songs, the first of many ‘Singaporean’ influences in tonight’s concert.

At 8:00pm, the lights dim, and the introductory video plays. Soon, David Tao steps out on stage, dressed in a sleeveless shirt and with his guitar in hand as the opening notes of ‘Runaway' rings out.

For the next 15 minutes, 48-year-old, accompanied by his band and a trio of backup singers (including local singer Ang Junyang), strums and croons his way through three songs in quick succession, all accompanied by a quick guitar change for each song, showing his dedication to his music

The concert was heavy on the music, and light on the talk, with classics like ‘Anata’, ‘Everything’s Gone’, and ‘Marry Me Today’, though every time the seasoned performer took a break to banter with the audience, laughs could be heard ringing out.

From the occasional “I love you too” replies to the yelled love declarations from fans, to jokingly complaining that the smoke machine on-stage was working a tad too well, the singer seemed truly at home.

Click on to find out what ‘local surprises’ were in store for the fans in the concert!

David Tao puts on a very Singaporean show
David Tao puts on a very Singaporean show
11 Jun 2018

David Tao puts on a very Singaporean show

The first ‘local surprise’ came when David introduced his backup singers. To everyone’s surprise, local singer Ang Junyang was one of the three singers up on stage, drawing applause and cheers from everyone as he burst into a little song. David later shared that he had also opened up a music-related company with Junyang here in Singapore.

The next surprise came when David shared that his wife, parents-in-law, as well as his nephew were in the audience too, with the singer sharing that it was a very special show for him that night.

Before segueing into his performance of ‘Black Tuesday’, David also mentioned the upcoming Trump-Kim political meeting that is set to happen in Singapore this week, sharing that ‘Black Tuesday’ was written with peace in mind, and that Singaporeans should feel very proud of Singapore indeed, for being involved in this historic event.

Never one to pass up the opportunity for a quick joke, the 48-year-old had everyone on the edge of their seats when he announced the presence of yet another special guest, “JJ Lin…’s mother,” teasing his audience to no end.

Towards the end of the show, as he sang his way through ‘Tian Tian’, the singer hopped off stage to get up-close and personal with his fans, working his way through the front row (spotted on the first row: Jayley Woo, Hayley Woo, Ian Fang and Rebecca Lim) and stopping for an occasional selfie or two.

Soon enough, a crowd had formed around David as fans surged towards the singer. Later, when David had made his way back up on stage, he jokingly called out an over-excited male fan, who had went up to him for a hug, causing the singer’s hand-held microphone to knock on his teeth.

“Singing in the Night Safari is very tough,” he exclaimed. “If the microphone had really hit my teeth, I’d be whistling for the next few shows!”

Before leaving the stage, David made sure to thank everyone, both old fans and new for their support, and promised that he will not wait eight years before staging his solo concert again.,

Click on for more pictures from the concert!

The singer shared that he's working to release his next album by the end of the year
The singer shared that he's working to release his next album by the end of the year
11 Jun 2018

The singer shared that he's working to release his next album by the end of the year

David, who studied in America, spoke in a mix of English and Chinese to the crowd
David, who studied in America, spoke in a mix of English and Chinese to the crowd
11 Jun 2018

David, who studied in America, spoke in a mix of English and Chinese to the crowd

The setlist for the night had an impressive 21 songs.
The setlist for the night had an impressive 21 songs.
11 Jun 2018

The setlist for the night had an impressive 21 songs.

The singer made his return to our shores for a solo concert after eight years.
The singer made his return to our shores for a solo concert after eight years.
11 Jun 2018

The singer made his return to our shores for a solo concert after eight years.

David Tao puts on a very Singaporean show
David Tao puts on a very Singaporean show
11 Jun 2018

David Tao puts on a very Singaporean show

MICappella came up on-stage for a special performance during the show
MICappella came up on-stage for a special performance during the show
11 Jun 2018

MICappella came up on-stage for a special performance during the show

David Tao puts on a very Singaporean show
David Tao puts on a very Singaporean show
11 Jun 2018

David Tao puts on a very Singaporean show

David Tao snaps a quick picture with MICappella backstage
David Tao snaps a quick picture with MICappella backstage
11 Jun 2018

David Tao snaps a quick picture with MICappella backstage

David Tao puts on a very Singaporean show
David Tao puts on a very Singaporean show
11 Jun 2018

David Tao puts on a very Singaporean show

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