Christmas Tour, Random Spaceyness and a New Vlog
The much-anticipated Christmas Tour has traveled to seven cities so far, and David is doing his level best to spread ArchuLove and Christmas spirit from coast to coast.
The tour kicked off in a big way in hometown Salt Lake City. The elegant Abravanel Hall was the site for concerts on the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Special touches for the locals included a string section, a white-robed children’s choir and the surprise of mother Lupe joining him in a duet.
It was this mother-son duet of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas that made Perez Hilton spaz:
“This is so presh!”
Hilton invites us to “Watch the performance that makes us wanna hug our madre!!!”
The Salt Lake Tribune review on November 25th declared that he gave a “rousing performance.”
Whether singing in English, Latin (as on “Ave Maria”) or French (as on Bestor’s galloping arrangement of “Pat-a-Pan”), Archuleta showed not only a command of the material but an ability to connect with the audience with self-deprecating humor and sheepish but endearing half-waves to the crowd, which nearly sold out the symphony hall.
What was most impressive about the concert was that Archuleta and his team relied not on slick, overly produced Christmas music that would dull the experience, but on a real string section and a lean, stripped-down soft-rock sound that shows an authenticity to the teen, who is turning into a man in front of our eyes.
The Ann Arbor show on the Friday after Thanksgiving was unique in that David sang with a full symphony orchestra. He performed both his pop and his Christmas songs with the orchestra, including a slow version of Crush.
An articulate article by an 8th grader was printed in MLive.com, Grand Rapids Entertainment.
After Archuleta sang a superb “Ave Maria,” I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house- including mine. When David sang “Ave Maria” it really reminded me of why I fell in love with him in the first place. Although David can belt out any pop song you throw at him, when he sings a slower, more traditional song while backed up by a symphony, you can’t help but have tingles sent up and down your spine.
The tour bus then moved on to California, where David apparently enjoyed the warm weather as well as enthusiastic crowds. There were shows in Bakersfield, Santa Rosa and San Francisco. The San Francisco Chronicle published a short Q&A before the SF show. David gets zero radio play in the Bay Area, and there seemed to be a bit of a culture gap in the conversation.
Q: Are you already over this whole Christmas thing?
A: Christmas isn’t here yet.
Hip, cynical San Francisco meets non-ironic, tell-it-like-it-is David. SPLAT!!
But there were some nuggets revealed in the interview. His mother apparently is a big fan of Celine Dion and her songs are a big part of his Christmas memories. Also, he had a dream about Bob Dylan.
Q: What was Dylan doing in your dream?
A: I think he was singing Christmas songs. I don’t really remember my dream. It was snowing and his Christmas music was going on. I don’t know why. I guess he was on the back of my mind yesterday. I should Tweet about that.
Then on to Anaheim, to finish off the California segment of the tour. The Orange County Register had some kind words.
The last half of the night proved to be the most artistically satisfying, with the singer performing a song he co-wrote (“Melodies of Christmas”) as well as challenging classical material (notably “Ave Maria”) and numbers for which he sang in French (“Pat-a-Pan”) and Spanish (“Riu Riu Chiu”)…. Archuleta closed his show with a powerful and extended version of “O Holy Night” that served as another reminder of the power of his vocal ability.
Before David performed at a sold-out BYU-Idaho show on December 4th, he visited an assisted-living center and sang several Christmas songs, including I’ll Be Home For Christmas, to the delight of the seniors. He then apparently insisted on shaking everyone’s hand. What a sweet, sweet boy!
Random Spaceyness and a Vlog
A wrap-up of news is never complete without some tweets from David.
First up: dang it, no camera and something really weird to photograph!
I wish my camera battery wasn’t dead and that my charger wasn’t lost, because I’d take a picture of this GIGANTIC grape! It’s huge!!
Second up: David twittered happily that there was an Archie ice cream truck right next to his bus and twitpic’d us the photo.
The ice cream truck here! How ironic!
Oops, maybe David does understand irony.
He tweeted “Hi Murray. Bye Murray. lol” as the bus barreled through his hometown and sent us a vlog from the bus. There was not much going on to report. He was just hanging out on the bus, but he shares a cool view of Utah through the window.
Hi David. Bye David. lol! Those who have been fortunate enough to see the tour are missing you already. Those who haven’t seen you yet, can’t wait!
(Thanks to Jennifer Barry for photos.)