Fan gets free beer from OneRepublic

Aside from their hits, OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder also sang songs he wrote with other musicians, such as Rumour Has It by Adele and Halo by Beyonce.
Aside from their hits, OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder also sang songs he wrote with other musicians, such as Rumour Has It by Adele and Halo by Beyonce.ST PHOTO: JOYCE FANG



Padang Stage

Last Friday

No stranger to Singapore, the American pop rock band OneRepublic have performed a few gigs here since their formation in 2002.

The band comprise lead vocalist Ryan Tedder, guitarists Zach Filkins and Drew Brown, bassist and cellist Brent Kutzle and drummer Eddie Fisher and are best known for the hit Apologize, which they performed to loud cheers.

Their show opened with Stop And Stare, as frontman Tedder, dressed in a hat and denim jacket, tinkled the ivories.

It continued with hits such as Secrets, from their 2009 album Waking Up, and Counting Stars, from their 2013 album Native.

Here is a look at their latest gig at the Padang Stage for the Formula One Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix through numbers:

50,000 concertgoers: An hour before it started, a crowd had already gathered around the stage to secure the best spots to catch the band.

39 years old: the age Filkins turned that night, according to newspaper reports.

Led by Tedder, the audience sang Happy Birthday to celebrate the American musician's special day in Singapore.

During the show, Tedder also appeared to joke about Filkins' youthful appearance and said more than once that Filkins was 33 years old.

10 years: That is how long OneRepublic have been together since their debut album, Dreaming Out Loud, was released in 2007. During the show, Tedder said: "The goal is at least 10 (years) more."

Four songs were performed from their latest album, Oh My My, released in October last year. These songs were Let's Hurt Tonight, Kids, Better and Wherever I Go.

Three: The number of songs Tedder performed which he wrote for, or with, other musicians. One was Rumour Has It by Adele. While Tedder does not have the English singer's full-bodied, soulful vocals, he let loose his inner diva and showed plenty of attitude with this groovy number.

When he sang Halo by Beyonce, the concert turned into a massive outdoor sing-a-long, with the audience breaking out in applause as he scaled the high notes at the song's end.

Three: The number of times Tedder paid Singapore a compliment. Halfway through the show, he looked and said: "I keep looking over at your beautiful city. Look at this. It's like designed by somebody way, way, way smarter than me."

One drink. At a show in Vancouver a few weeks ago, Tedder said he would buy a drink for fans who showed up for the band's Singapore show.

One fan did.

"Somebody give me a beer for this guy. I'm going to hand it to him myself," Tedder said. "In 10 years, (this) has never happened."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 18, 2017, with the headline 'Fan gets free beer from OneRepublic'. Subscribe