Usher gives as good as he gets during steamy outdoor show in Whistler
By Clare Ogilvie, The Province February 28, 2010
USHER -Where: Whistler Medals Celebration Plaza When: Saturday night Tickets:B+
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R&B/hip-hop heartthrob Usher heated up the resort last night with hit songs and new numbers.
True to form Usher performed his turn-the-lights-down-low numbers, tossing articles of clothing into the crowd to shrieks of delight.
But he also managed to keep the crowd — there not just for his concert but to celebrate the closing of the 2010 Olympic Games here — engaged.
He even got some clothing back at him as people in the crowd threw him the now famous red Hudson’s Bay Team Canada mittens.
Earlier, Usher told The Province that: “The Olympics are about unity regardless of race, gender or creed, so I consider it a blessing to be asked to perform at events such as this year’s Winter Games.
“To be amongst people from all over the world and perform for fans that may not have seen me live before is such an honour. I am happy to be here in Whistler and to perform for my Canadian fans as well as be an ambassador to music.”
Asking for the crowd’s indulgence he played a song from his new album Raymond v Raymond, “There Goes My Baby.”
Judging by the reaction of the thousands at the Medals Celebration Plaza, the album, due to be released March 30 after a long delay, is headed for the top.
Said Usher: “I am really excited about the new album as it speaks to the ‘duality of man’, which is why it’s called Raymond v Raymond. I think it will really connect with fans and will be a natural followup to Confessions and Here I Stand. There is something in it for everyone.”
His six stage dancers, two guys and four girls, helped keep the show moving, their liquid and sexual choreography perfect for the music.
Hits such as “Confessions,” “Hey Daddy,” “Love in This Club” and “Bad Girls” really got the crowd going, especially when he made it personal for his “Whistler girls.”
The crowd didn’t even seem to care when efforts to play the music video to “Hey Daddy” failed. The stage show was mesmerizing enough.
As the nightly fireworks signalled the end of the show, Usher took a moment to honour the athletes, including the Canadian four-man bobsleigh team who were awarded their bronze medals just minutes before he began his performance.
“A lot of hard work has gone into this event,” said Usher.
“We need to all thank the athletes.”