My favorite pop albums from last year were all by men - Beck's Colors, Maroon 5's Red Pill Blues and Niall Horan's Flicker.
So when I learned that Niall was coming to Manila to perform songs from that album, I knew I just had to watch him. What actually worried me was that majority of the songs in Flicker are sad, slow songs - and I didn't know if Niall has the skill to rouse an audience when most of the songs he'll play are slow, sad songs.
Funny thing is I didn't have to worry about it. Niall is 1D after all and being a member of the biggest boy band of his generation has really taught him how to talk to an audience, how to charm them and engage them throughout the show!
What was great was that he played and sang ALL the songs in Flicker and he had stories for some of them, which was quite interesting. He sang two 1D songs and did a great version of Bruce Springsteen's 'Dancing in the Dark'! Apparently the kid idolizes The Boss! And his performance did not disappoint!
The first five songs in his setlist were a virtual karaoke session for me since I love all of them. I also loved Too Much To Ask, Flicker, So Long and Seeing Blind.
Ed Sheeran said in his concert that the true measure that you enjoyed the concert was that you have no more voice leaving the show. Well, I couldn't do that because I have to teach tomorrow but I did sing heartily to many of Niall's songs tonight as did all of his real fans with me in MOA Arena tonight.
So much love from his Manila fans for the blonde boy of 1D!