Concert Review: Retrolicious night down memory lane

For those of us who grew up on a steady diet of 1990s RnB and pop music, the Retrolicious 2015 concert at Fort Canning Park on Saturday night was a chance to get reacquainted with music icons from that era.

On Saturday night, some 3,500 music fans boogied down to the tunes of three famed acts from yesteryear: American pop icon Tommy Page, RnB group Color Me Badd, and Grammy Award winning RnB vocal group All-4-One.

For three hours, these acts took the audience down memory lane with their distinctive brand of RnB, serenading them with their evergreen hits.

Even though some of them looked a lot older and chubbier compared to their teen heartthrob days in the 1990s, they proved they still had what it takes to get the women - in their 30s and 40s - cheering and screaming for them like teenagers.

Boy group Color Me Badd, comprising singers Mark Calderon, Bryan Abrams and Kevin "K.T" Thornton, wooed the women in the audience by throwing red roses into the crowd as they performed a medley of hits that included Wildflower, Forever Love, and Choose.

They stuck to a set-list of their most memorable songs like upbeat numbers All For Love and I Wanna Sex You up. Abrams even thanked the audience for helping to make the love song I Adore Mi Amor a no.1 hit in 1991.

Former teen heartthrob Tommy Page followed after, entertaining the audience with a string of heartfelt and sentimental songs such as I'll Be Your Everything, When I Dream Of You, A Shoulder To Cry On and I Think I'm In Love.

Page, who looked dapper in a black sparkly tuxedo, performed a cover of English singer-songwriter John Waite's 1984 hit Missing You, which got the crowd singing along.

RnB group All-4-One were extremely tight and nailed the vocal harmonies, even busting out some typical 1990s boy-band choreography with synchronised dance moves.

The group, comprising Jamie Jones, Delious Kennedy, Alfred Nevarez, Tony Borowiak, showed off their vocal chops by singing So Much In Love a capella.

They also got the crowd head-bopping and grooving to funk-soul tunes as they covered Earth, Wind & Fire's hit September, and performed a medley of hits by Stevie Wonder.

In between performances, Class 95FM DJs, who were emcees for the night, kept the nostalgic spirit high by dressing up as a iconic singers and rappers from the past.

It was hilarious to see Jean Danker and Mike Kasem dressed as American rap duo Kriss Kross, and Bobby Tonelli breakdancing like American rapper Vanilla Ice.

The highlight of the night was when all three acts gathered on stage to perform a more current number - they covered English RnB singer-songwriter Sam Smith's hit single Stay With Me.

While the vocals of the performers were not top-notch throughout the night, that did not seem to matter to the audience.

If anything, concert-goers had a fantastic time singing along to their favourite hits, and reliving their days of youth in a feel-good atmosphere.

melk@sph.com.sg