Char­lie Puth ex­cites sold-out Seoul crowd

The Korea Times - - CULTURE - By Kwak Yeon-soo yeons.kwak@ko­re­atimes.co.kr

Amer­i­can singer-song­writer Char­lie Puth brought his sold-out “Voicenotes Tour” to Jam­sil Arena in south­ern Seoul on Nov. 7 and 8, draw­ing more than 17,000 fans over two nights. Nearly 2,000 fans at­tended his one-day con­cert in Korea two years ago.

“It’s an ab­so­lute plea­sure to be here. If you told me two years ago when I came here, do­ing promo for hours and ap­pear­ing on ra­dio talks, that I’d be per­form­ing with BTS and sell­ing out two-night con­certs, I wouldn’t have be­lieved you. I feel so lucky,” Puth told fans dur­ing the gig, Wed­nes­day.

Be­cause this tour is de­voted to his sopho­more al­bum “Voicenotes,” the singer-song­writer, 26, sang all but two tracks from it. But he also in­cluded a few older fa­vorites, in­clud­ing “We Don’t Talk Any­more,” “Marvin Gaye,” “Suf­fer” and “One Call Away.”

Puth’s vo­cals were solid through- out the show, from the show-open­ing “The Way I Am” to an en­core of “See You Again.”While per­form­ing one song af­ter an­other — “How Long,” “LA Girls,” Change” “We Don’t Talk Any­more” and “BOY” — Puth’s im­pres­sive vo­cals were com­ple­mented with short com­men­tary.

The singer-song­writer mostly shared when and where he wrote the songs, but also shared an episode in Seoul, which he found in­ter­est­ing. Be­fore Puth sang “Marvin Gaye,” he said, “I have big win­dows at my ho­tel, so I was look­ing out the road. I no­ticed there are only white, black and grey cars here.” His hand­ful of hits all fea­tured enor­mous sing-a-longs.

A tal­ented pi­ano man, Puth car­ried a key­board on stage with him. Along with jam­ming on his key­tar for his own songs with his band, Puth gave his key­board ren­di­tion of “Can’t Help Fall­ing in Love” by Frank Si­na­tra.

By the end of the show as he sang “Done for Me,” Puth took his shirt off to ex­cite the crowd. His fans, es­pe­cially those stand­ing close to the stage, gave a rap­tur­ous re­cep­tion.

The singer beamed with de­light when the mas­sive screens showed the au­di­ence putting on their lights, hold­ing up his pho­tos and fan signs. When a per­son from the stand­ing crowd threw him a Pick­achu hat near the end of the show, Puth bent down, picked the hat up and wore it to amuse his fans.

Puth left the stage af­ter per­form­ing “BOY,” but wild ap­plause and shouts beck­oned the star back for one more song. “See You Again.” Puth said, thank­ing the au­di­ence for be­ing there. “Thank you for the amaz­ing en­ergy. It was one of my fa­vorite times in the tour.”

One fan, who said only that her sur­name was Ahn, said, “I missed hear­ing Char­lie Puth’s ‘ Up All Night’ dur­ing the con­cert, but the show was a good time re­gard­less. I heard Char­lie’s past live per­for­mances have been in­con­sis­tent, but tonight was ab­so­lutely amaz­ing.”

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U.S. singer Char­lie Puth per­forms dur­ing his “Voicenotes Tour” con­cert at Jam­sil Arena in Seoul, Wed­nes­day.

Char­lie Puth

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