Decided to do up a post on the songlist quick in case the people in Philippines want to know what to expect for the concert!
The set was slightly less than 90 mins with almost no break and one occurrence of going backstage before the encore.
- Same Old Brand New You
- Be the First to Believe
- Forever in Love
- Hey You
- Summertime of our Lives
- Ready or Not
- In Love and I Hate it
- No More
- One More Try
- Walking in the Rain
- Don’t wanna Lose you Again
- Heaven by Your Side
- Make it Good
- Living the Dream (with video montage)
- When I’m missing you
- (Request) – I’ll take the tears (few verse)
- (Request) – Tomorrow (one line)
- (Request) – One Last Song (one verse)
- Caught in the Middle
- Take on Me
- Like a Rose
Post will be updated below for me to talk about my history with a1 and my concert experience..
I’m gonna walk down memory lane with a1 and post the comparisons between then and now. Can you believe it, their voices remain so pitch perfect in most songs!
1.Same Old Brand New You
They started the concert with this popular hit song from their second album! I recall watching this MTV in my younger days on TV, especially during the Top 20 MTV countdown show! The dance that they did caught me by surprise as I didn’t expect them to be dancing at their age but I was so wrong. Age is just a number. It’s kind of cool to see them doing those popular boyband moves back from the 90s and early 00s effortlessly. I guess these moves were designed to be not to complicated so they are able to maintain their voice quality when they sing and dance at the same time. These days, dance moves are so complicated that groups have to lipsync in order to put up a “perfect” show. Really miss the old days. 16 years ago, I remember trying to “learn” the dance moves but to not much success..
2. Be the first to Believe
As requested, they were performing many songs from their first album “Here we Come” and although I am quite familiar with this song, I’ve actually never seen the MV before! In fact, I didn’t even know that there was an MV for this song. I didn’t know about their existence back in 1999 and YouTube wasn’t around back then. Gosh, they look so young and refreshed in the MV! In the concert, you should follow their “seven” hand gesture and swing from left to right when they sing “Just one on one”. It’s pretty fun to do it like an audience mass dance. Ben was really great in leading the crowd to join him in their dance moves. Heh.
3. Forever in Love
This was my favourite song in their first album (not Everytime or Like a Rose)! I really like the acappella in the song and they tried to tease up with like 5 seconds of it before stopping because they couldn’t create the harmonizing effect without Paul, who left the group abruptly back in 2002. Mark continued by playing a piano ballad version of it and it wasn’t too bad after all! Also, they said that the band had been inspired by vocal group Boyz II Men and that was why they had to put an acappella song into the album! If I’m not wrong, they have not performed this song in 15 years. Here’s a video of the new rendition:
4. Hey You
“Hey You!” was an unexpected song as it wasn’t that much of a popular track in their first album. I kind of struggled to remember the title of the song. Also, they mentioned that it was the first time they sang this song in front of an audience!! Unlike the CD version, the concert rendition was slower and with a bit more R&B style along with piano melody. It was a good addition to the setlist which was kind of like a prelude to the next song.
5. Summertime of our Lives
For this song, they used the only prop they brought – sunglasses! Well, it was to make us feel like it is “summertime” in hot-all-year-round Singapore. I really enjoyed watching the MV of this song as it was such a happy and uplifting song with them dancing on a driftwood and interacting with the camera and dolphins. I guess this song will make it on my beach vacation playlist the next time I’m overseas ^_^
6. Ready or Not
They started Ready or Not by teaching the audience their simple 3-step dance moves which I obviously already know. It was fun to join in, which explains why I only took a 9 seconds snap for this song. I really love this song back then and I will chance upon it while watching MTV channel and feel delighted the whole day because I’ve seen them on TV. Cheesy Dance Moves for the win. Bring it on for the next ten, twenty, thirty years!
For this song, Christian shared the story behind the song on how he was running late for a date (apparently he is known to be always late) and he remembered a thought of “Everytime I kiss I feel your lips” where he thinks about his high school crush back in Norway everytime he kissed. The next day he shared the idea with Ben and Mark who already had a verse and a bridge and together with the chorus that he thought of, they wrote the song in 30 mins! We must really thank his high school crush for inspiring a1 for writing a chart-topper song with beautiful lyrics. Random, i got to admit that I’ve watched their MV for the first time last night. Don’t know why this never appeared on MTV Channel.. Did they really visit Sahara Dessert to film? I guess I can ask them next time.
After singing this song, Christian suddenly reminisced about their fan signing event in Singapore where 5000 fans turned up and sang to the chorus of this song without any cue. Awesome.
8. In Love and I Hate it
This was the first song they sang which did not belong to their first 2 albums. Mr Ben got the audience up on their feets and taught the “very difficult” dance moves which is simply punching your hand in the air when they sing “Hate it”. Although this song does not have an MV, it is sung quite frequently during their live performances. It’s really catchy and the style is really different since it was released in 2010. Although I still like the old-school ballads, it’s nice to see that they are adapting their style and keeping up with the trends in music.
9. No More
This is really a special song unique to Singapore as the MV was filmed here! Looking at the footage from the MV, it was probably filmed in the Tang Dynasty Village (which had been closed since 1999 and torn down in 2008). It was also filmed at some containers shipyard, waters of Sentosa. They also kept talking about their beautiful memories back in Sentosa in their visit 15/16 years ago. Looking at the MV now, the skyline of Singapore has changed significantly..
10. One More Try
This was a requested song from their social media – twitter & facebook! I remember myself attempting to learn the guitar so I can play this song myself but it was too difficult for me and I never succeeded. I might still have the printed guitar chords somewhere in my room..
11. Walking in the Rain
This song was also requested from social media and it was one of their favourites from the first album. It was written by Ben and Christian when they were hanging out at Ben’s place while his family was out on vacation. A classic emo-ballad song accompanied by Mark’s beautiful piano melody. Found a really Low Quality video on youtube where they sang this song XX years ago. For a change, Christian was on the keyboard, not Mark. Maybe it was because he wrote the song..
12. Don’t wanna Lose you Again
Another new-er song (2010) from a1. Similar style with “In Love and I Hate it” and I think it was one of their “comeback” song after their absence.
As you can see.. I don’t really have much to talk about their newer hits as I’m pretty much still living in the past.. =p
13. Heaven by Your Side
Another emo-ballad which never fail to tug heartstrings. There was a member in the audience who said “I’ve got my girlfriend because of this song!” Aww.
14. Make it Good
Finally, we have moved on to the third album, the only album that I bought. How I wished they sang more from this album..
After this song, they did a group photo with the audience. Hope Mode Entertainment uploads the photo for us soon.
15. Living the Dream (with video montage)
Finally, it was time for them to take a short break and reminisce about the old days by watching the video montage put up together with photographs and memories from the fans. They were once at their peak 16 years ago and I’m sure they are really glad to still be relevant in today’s day and age where it is so much more competitive in the music industry. It’s really nice to know that they have “Lived the Dream” of becoming popular worldwide. There were many fans who traveled down to Singapore just to watch their concert and they are really grateful. It’s a pity that Paul left the group but at the same time, I’m glad that the 3 of them are still sticking together through the years. It was the only VCR footage shown in the concert.
16. When I’m missing you
Found a live performance of them many years back. Aww, ben still had his signature M-hairstyle. heh.
This guitar of this song is really awesome and I can remember the lyrics vividly as it was the third album and I have the lyrics book!
17. (Request) – I’ll take the tears (few verse)
There was a request of a less famous song (found a Low quality video on YouTube) and they belted out a few verses of this song from their second album. I guess this was really unplanned as they only sang like one verse of the song.
18. (Request) – Tomorrow (one line)
They swore that this song was unplanned and they haven’t sang it since year 2000; which explains why there was only one line =p
19. (Request) – One Last Song (one verse)
Sang one verse from this track.
20. Caught in the Middle
I remember watching this MTV countless times on TV a it was definitely a chart-topper on MTV channel! If I were talking to myself 14 years ago, it must have been an accomplishment to attend an a1 concert right now..
21. Take on Me
Apparently this is a Norwegian song and Christian said that every a1 concert needs to end with a Norwegian song. hmm? I don’t understand the hype with this song (their only cover song to date) and the MV is truly ridiculous but their live dance performance was highly amusing. Christian has this trying not to laugh face throughout.
22. Like a Rose
After “Take on Me” performance, they went backstage. The fans, probably seasoned concert goers, did not move and continud shouting “encore” and within 30 seconds, you can hear ben’s voice singing the first verse of ‘Like a Rose”. He paused at several intervals to allow the audience to sing out loud without him and after the first chorus, they appeared again on stage and sang the whole song again! Anyone who knows a1 should know this song. They teased the audience at least twice with the song’s introduction chords and they obviously had to sing this song right? Ben even took a selfie with someone from the audience and presented a rose too! Fan service at its best but sadly I wasn’t sitting near the sides to run out comfortably. I was just stuck at my seat area the entire concert.
It has been less than 24 hours since the concert ended and I spent an entire night reminiscing a1 through their MVs, articles and catching up with their daily lives via social media.
If you’re still interested to read more about the history of me and a1 you can continue reading below but it’s gonna be really long. To be honest, no one reads them anyway but I still write so that I can reminisce these moments years later when I’m older..