Taylor Swift and Eric Clapton to plug in for their own concerts in Singapore in February 2011.
TWO concerts to catch in Singapore next February are American pop star Taylor Swift and British blues guitar legend Eric Clapton. The 20-year-old Swift lands in Singapore on Feb 9 while Clapton, 65, holds down a concert on Feb 14. Both acts will be playing at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Swift, a first-timer to this region, will be the concert to attract the young pop fans. She has achieved more than anyone her age can dream about. The singer-songwriter from Pennsylvania, the United States, is today’s biggest-selling performer, churning out charttopping hits since her debut album in 2006. Swift is a four-time Grammy winner and the world’s top-selling digital artiste in music history, with 28 million tracks sold. Time magazine has listed her as one of the most influential people in 2010.
She penned all her albums like a mini autobiography and notably said: “If you listen to my album, it’s like reading my diary.” From fairytales to heartbreaks, Swift weaved her love stories to a musical smorgasbord that fans the world over can relate to.
Hot on the heels of her recently concluded Fearless tour, Swift will be Guitar legend Eric Clapton has his acclaimed eponymous album to strut on stage. on the road again in support of her latest album, Speak Now. Singapore will be the first stop in her Asian tour.
Elsewhere, there is the return of Eric Clapton, who was last in this part of the world in 2007. The Singapore Indoor Stadium is the venue for Clapton’s Valentine’s Day date.
This time around, the guitar legend has his acclaimed eponymous album (his first solo album in five years) to strut on stage.
Sounding like a back-to-basics outing, Clapton is in fine form on the new material, which also featured Steve Winwood, J.J. Cale, Wynton Marsalis, Sheryl Crow, Allen Toussaint and Derek Trucks.
“This album wasn’t what it was intended to be at all,” says Clapton in a media release. “It’s actually better than it was meant to be because, in a way, I just let it happen. It’s an eclectic collection of songs that weren’t really on the map – and I like it so much because if it’s a surprise to the fans, that’s only because it’s a surprise to me as well.”
This embrace of history isn’t directly heard on Clapton but it’s certainly felt, extending to how Clapton relies on old tunes – blues and country, but also pop and R&B – for the bulk of his world tour setlist.
Clapton has assembled an impressive band for the 2011 tour which will consist of long-time touring partners: Steve Gadd (drums), Willie Weeks (bass), Chris Stainton (keyboards) along with Michelle John and Sharon White as backing vocalists. n Concert and ticket details for Taylor Swift on Feb 9 and Eric Clapton on Feb 14 in Singapore are available at www. sistic.com.