The spotlights came on, the electric guitar blared, and the crowd just went wild!
Rocking the small but cosy KL Live entertainment venue on the night of July 13 was vocal powerhouse Chris Daughtry, lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the American rock band Daughtry.
In Kuala Lumpur as part of the 2018 Asia Tour, Daughtry thrilled the crowd with all-time favourites like Feels Like Tonight, It’s Not Over and Home. It also treated fans to four new tunes from its upcoming fifth album, Cage To Rattle, due for release on July 27.
Looking good in black glossy pants and matte grey V-neck tee, Chris kicked off the concert with the mid-tempo yet soulful Just Found Heaven, the first number from the band’s latest album.
The band then ramped it up a notch with the catchy sing-along Feels Like Tonight, with Chris grabbing the tambourine mid-way before running up to the front of the stage.
“Kuala Lumpur, it’s good to be back! It’s been 10 years, way too long. Thanks for being here!” he shouted after the song.
When a fan yelled out, “I love you!”, the singer replied, “I love you too!” without missing a beat.
The boom from Battleships got the crowd screaming again, as the frontman belted out the number from the band’s fourth album Baptized.
“We feel your love and excitement and we are so happy to be here,” he enthused.
If the bass was a bit too overwhelming so far, the next number Long Way proved to be a welcomed respite. Featuring Chris alone on the acoustic guitar, the performance clearly showcased his vocal prowess.
Chris then took time out to introduce his band members – Elvio Fernandes on keyboard, Josh Steely on lead guitar, Brian Craddock on rhythm guitar, Josh Paul on bass and Brandon Maclin on drums – before moving on to the next song.
The fast-paced Baptized was a great number to demonstrate his impressive vocal range as the pulsating music engulfed the venue.
Introducing another new song from its latest album called Back In Time, the former American Idol contestant revealed: “This is my favourite song from my new record. If you all want to dance, this is the song for it.”
Throughout the concert, Chris sportingly hopped forward to shake hands with his charged-up fans, even going right down to the floor once during It’s Not Over, prompting intense screams.
He really knew how to work the crowd too, throwing out guitar picks, sweaty face towels and getting the audience to sing with him on Over You.
The second last number, September, was another sweet favourite. It holds a special meaning for Chris too, who remembers how his father cried when the latter first heard the song, which talks about the singer’s childhood growing up in a small town.
Purple spotlights shone on stage marked the last number of the electrifying concert – the sensational Purple Rain – which Chris did great justice to.
Finally, it was over, and as fans began to leave, many reluctantly, one thing’s for sure – it was a rockin’ great night to remember.