Known for their anthemic songs, OneRepublic brought together a lot of people on their first performance in India on April 21. If you missed it or just want to remember the best moments of the show, here are all the highlights of the concert.
The opening act for the night was ONEmpire, a Mumbai-based band that performed some of their original songs along with covers of some popular songs such as A Sky Full of Stars by Coldplay, Shape of You by Ed Sheeran, and Thunder by Imagine Dragons.
OneRepublic took the stage with a loud cheer from the audience. They began with Stop and Stare, one of their early hits from their first album that came out in 2008. The line-up included songs of their biggest hits – Apologize, Secrets, If I Lose Myself, among others. They also featured songs off of their last album, Oh My My, which included not only hit singles like Rich Love and Kids, but also some lesser-known gems like Better.
The frontman for the band, Ryan Tedder, is also a songwriter for many famous international artists including Adele, Beyonce, Maroon 5, and Westlife (whose member Brian McFadden will also be performing in India with his new group, Boyzlife). Although they usually don't perform songs that are not from their albums, Ryan performed one of the songs he had penned – the Beyoncé chart-topper, Halo. They also performed an acoustic rendition of Wake Me Up in honor of Avicii, the renowned DJ who passed away recently.
“Wake Me Up” is the type of song I will forever wish I wrote. It also shifted global music and culture. We performed our rendition last night in India- it’s not the best sound quality video but we’ll do it again tmrrw 😉 #avicciforever https://t.co/6wt2seMtTZ
— Ryan Tedder (@RyanTedder) April 22, 2018
Wearing a #SouthBombaySnob t-shirt, Ryan Tedder was nothing short of fabulous in engaging the audiences. His energetic performance was the highlight of the night. The singer not only sang all of the songs live, he did so while dancing some sick moves and playing the piano, the guitar, and a literal drum. From the slower jams to the beat-thumping tracks, Tedder displayed a fantastic range of vocals including a few particularly high notes. And it wasn't just the performance that charmed the fans – he also went down the stage to shake hands with those in the front row, cracked a few jokes, and even dropped a few Hindi phrases like 'shukriya' and 'bahut badiyaan'.
The band ended their set with their biggest hit, Counting Stars, with the crowd singing along. OneRepublic are set to release some new music this year itself and have promised to return for another tour in India that will include more cities.