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Posted 01 February 2018 18:07


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The MAX Pavilion, Singapore
23 March 2018

http://www.apactix.com/events/detail/james-blunt-2018

https://www.facebook.com/events/320864278325452/

Concert poster:
http://www.tapestryartists.com/wp-content/gallery/posters/JamesBlunt-Singapore.jpeg

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Posted 22 February 2018 15:43


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Personal message from James to his fans in Singapore (via UG Live Entertainment)

https://www.facebook.com/ugliveent/videos/163246560993505/

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Posted 26 March 2018 13:14


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https://www.campus.sg/review-james-blunts-the-afterlove-tour-in-singapore/

[Review] James Blunt’s ‘The Afterlove’ tour in Singapore
Campus Magazine
March 26, 2018

Most famous for his 2004 hit single ‘You’re Beautiful’ that flooded every radio station, James Blunt made his appearance at the Max Pavilion in Singapore Expo last Friday (23rd March 2018). Singapore marked the first stop for the British singer-songwriter’s The Afterlove tour in Asia where he will be travelling to Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and China next. The Afterlove marks Blunt’s fifth album where collaborators include Ed Sheeran and Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic.

Rocking in a black T-shirt and blue jeans, the award-winning artist opened the night with ‘Heart to Heart’ from his 2013 album Moon Landing and mixed up the old with the new – from Back to Bedlam’s ‘Wisemen’ and ‘High’ to The Afterlove’s ‘Time of Our Lives’, ‘Someone Sing Along’, and ‘Lose My Number’. Also from his latest album, Blunt shares about ‘Make Me Better’ – a song he wrote with Ed Sheeran in Switzerland where he taught the red-haired singer how to ski. He describes the song that is dedicated to his wife and son as deeply personal and even slightly uncomfortable sharing it with the world, as he has always been private about his personal life. The lyrics of ‘Make Me Better’ brim with raw emotions – “You are everything I have never been, I want you to make me better. And I’ve been wondering, why you let me in”.

Blunt also performed crowd favorites, ‘Goodbye My Lover’ and ‘You’re Beautiful’, which lived up to the British singer’s fame as he delivered the songs passionately in his raspy melodic voice. The artist also got the audience on their feet as he performed ‘Ok’, a chart-topper of Billboard’s Dance Club Songs and produced by Robin Schulz. He ended the night on a high note, with All the Lost Soul’s ‘1973’ followed by ‘Bonfire Heart’ from Moon Landing.

The Afterlove is a significant shift away from the British singer’s usual music style. From soft rock and soothing pop to tinges of electronic and upbeat tempo, the fifth album leans towards contemporary tones where I find myself nostalgic of his older songs that were riddled with sensitivity and intimacy. Perhaps this explains my personal favorites from The Afterlove – ‘Courtney’s Song’, ‘Time of our Lives’ and ‘2005’. Nonetheless, his emotive vocals and ardent performance had concert-goers, myself included, serenaded. Listening to Blunt live was like having him take us through an array of experiences – from romance to melancholy as well as exuberance.

Review by Violet Koh
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Posted 27 March 2018 13:57


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Interview on Kiss92 FM

Carol Smith challenges James Blunt with famous Cockney rhyming slang.

https://www.facebook.com/kiss92fm/videos/1739563176066540/

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I love this photo!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BgzZnOOlIPj/?taken-by=ariffinjmr

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Posted 28 March 2018 13:05


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AUGUSTMAN Meets James Blunt

We hang out with James Blunt before his concert in Singapore and ask him a few serious questions, including his favourite word that rhymes with 'blunt'.

https://www.facebook.com/augustman/videos/10155503345016309/

Also on YouTube:
https://youtu.be/iv2v5GEOwtQ



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Posted 29 March 2018 14:44


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Interview 'One on One' by Alex Low for 'August Man Malaysia'

https://youtu.be/8XN29F_kLlI

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bgvi8DtFYNl/?taken-by=_alexlow

Edit: Sorry, I got confused. This interview was recorded in Kuala Lumpur.

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Posted 29 March 2018 16:15


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http://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/entertainment/james-blunt-still-a-top-draw

James Blunt still a top draw

The English singer-songwriter has more than 100 dates in less than a year throughout Europe, South America, Australia, New Zealand and Asia in his current tour.

The Straits Times (Singapore)
29 March 2018
Eddino Abdul Hadi, Music Correspondent

So, is it true that James Blunt has named fellow English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran the godfather of his young son?

At a backstage interview before his Singapore Expo concert last Friday, Blunt was friendly, but sidestepped the question.

“You know, I never talk about my home life,” says the 44-year-old, who is known for his 2004 hit song, You’re Beautiful.

What he was more interested in discussing was his belief in the power of music to unite people of different cultures and countries.

“Music is kind of special in this day and age when politicians try and drive us apart. Music does something different in that it brings people together and that’s a pretty cool thing, so I love what it does.”

His Singapore show is part of his current tour in support of his fifth and most recent album, The Afterlove, which was released last year.

More than a decade after his debut album, Back To Bedlam (2004), became Britain’s best-selling album in the 2000s, Blunt is still a top draw in the global concert circuit.

He has more than 100 dates in less than a year throughout Europe, South America, Australia, New Zealand and Asia in the current tour.

“I’ve always been a traveller and I get to do music every single day,” he says.

While he became famous for adult contemporary, soft-rock ballads, Blunt recently found a new audience, when OK, his collaboration with German DJ/producer Robin Schulz, went to No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart. It was the first time both artists had achieved the feat.

Much has also been written about Blunt’s humorous posts on his Twitter account.

In the past few years, the former reconnaissance officer in the British army has taken on his critics with witty, often explicit, and scathing comebacks – to the delight of his fans and the Twitterverse.

While he says he tweets only about once a month, he claims to not be a fan of social media.

“I think social media is bad for us all. If we were sensible, we would all delete every account we have. It’s almost like we’ve forgotten how to phone people instead.”

He displays his self-deprecating humour when quizzed about fans who often ask him out for drinks through social media.

He would rather they see him when he is on stage because he admits to being “a shorter man”. “It’s a meeting of equals once I’m on stage,” says the 1.73m-tall singer.

Blunt politely declined to say more about his relationship with Sheeran, although the two are report- edly close. Blunt was the opening act on Sheeran’s recent United States tour. The latter also co-wrote two songs on The Afterlove.

“I would say he and I get along very well. He seems to be okay. He’s not too bad,” Blunt says.

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Posted 11 April 2018 15:25


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James interviewed by Yvonne Chan in Singapore - via CNA First Look Asia

https://youtu.be/qtLIEixG-kw

Also on Channel News Asia "A Chat With James Blunt"

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/video-on-demand/first-look-asia/entertainment/a-chat-with-james-blunt-10125916
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Posted 14 November 2018 03:36


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Review & pictures

https://danamic.org/2018/03/29/james-blunt-hits-the-stage-with-nostalgic-hits-self-deprecating-humour-at-the-afterlove-asia-tour-2018/

James Blunt Hits The Stage With Nostalgic Hits & Self-Deprecating Humour At The Afterlove Asia Tour 2018
by Stacey Lim

“I know you’ve got seats and you’re gonna treat this like you’re in a cinema, but you are going to find out later that the seats are for your handbags,” the 44-year-old English singer assured confidently as he addressed the 7,000-strong crowd last Friday, 23 March.

In fact, the audience at the MAX Pavilion was treated to an evening of laughter and fun throughout the 90-minute concert performance last Friday, which is part of his world tour to support his fifth full-length album, The Afterlove.

After 30 minutes of anticipation, Blunt got things started with two energetic and soulful opening tracks, Heart to Heart and I’ll Take Everything. For a brief moment, I had the impression that I was attending a rock concert: clad in a fitting black graphic t-shirt and denim jeans, the folk-pop star took the stage with fervour, jumping across the stage from end to end to deliver a surprisingly lively performance.

In between songs, the British artist jumped at every chance to ease the crowd. For one, he joked, “I’ve already got your money, don’t worry I’ll not play You’re Beautiful tonight,” which received a playful disapproving jeer from the audience.

Blunt also shared that he had just come back from touring four months around the States, and Someone Singing Along – a prayerful track on his latest album – was inspired by US president Donald Trump. He quipped, “I didn’t tell the (American) audience for the whole four months that the song’s about Trump because I thought that would piss them off, and you know no one likes an angry American… do we have any Americans?”

Expectantly, one of the most memorable performances of the evening went to his ballad hits, Goodbye My Lover and High. The spotlight dimmed dramatically on Blunt as he serenaded the audience on the piano, allowing just his silhouette and the complementing light beams to deliver an emotionally-charged performance. However, I can’t help noticing that the spotlight has instead cast a dark shadow over his face, concealing Blunt’s facial expressions unnecessarily.

The audience was finally unable to contain themselves midway through the set, with more than half of us taking Blunt’s cue to leave our bags in our seats. Filling every possible space to get as close as possible to the singer for Postcards, the uplifting number got the audience up to their feet till the end of the entire concert, clapping along to the beat at every chance.

The crowd consists of a balanced mix of middle-aged and couples in their 20s, who were eager to interact with Blunt and his band at any chance. Noticing their enthusiasm, I can’t help but wonder why the concert organiser would make this a fully-seated concert – anticipating a much older audience, perhaps?

With that said, I noticed that the crowd was not very interested in tearing the roof down, as I could hear myself screaming to You’re Beautiful – a rare phenomenon that would not have been possible at any other concerts I have attended to date.

Despite being more known for his melodic ballads, the mood of the concert remained high thanks to the well-balanced mix of energetic tunes across the setlist. Blunt effortlessly turned the multi-purpose hall into a dancing arena with Bartender and his electronic hit OK, which saw Blunt directing the crowd by sections to squat and jump on his cues for the latter.

While some tracks such as Stay the Night bordered on bland and forgettable, Blunt’s versatility as a musician and an entertainer made them negligible. Not only was he able to inject the right amount of energy and fun onstage, his vocal abilities were also unmistakably perfect, as played-to-death radio hits such as 1973 and You’re Beautiful sounded much fresher and invigorating during his live performances.

To put it bluntly, it is hard to believe that I was kept thoroughly entertained (and awake) throughout the 18-song setlist. If this has been anyone’s first time attending a James Blunt concert too, one thing’s for sure: this would not be our last!

James Blunt, The Afterlove Asia Tour 2018 – Setlist:
Heart to Heart
I’ll Take Everything
Wisemen
Time of Our Lives
Someone Singing Along
Goodbye My Lover
High
Lose My Number
Carry You Home
Postcards
Make Me Better
You’re Beautiful
Same Mistake
Bartender
OK
Stay the Night
1973
Bonfire Heart

Photos courtesy of Aloysius Lim.

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