Saturday February 21, 2004

Carey wows Malaysian fans

Mariah and her back-up singers at Stadium Merdeka.
KUALA LUMPUR: The fans went wild as Mariah Carey, seated at the back of a BMW convertible, made her appearance at the start of her 90-minute show at the Merdeka Stadium yesterday.
Clad in a pair of blue jeans and a pink spaghetti-strapped top, the diva kicked off her first-ever concert in Malaysia with the upbeat song Heartbreaker, taken from her 1999 Rainbow album as the BMW drove her into the stadium.
Fans rushed towards the award-winning singer to get a closer look at their idol, who arrived fresh from her sell-out concerts in Jakarta and Bangkok.
Carey's prima-donna attitude took a different turn when she made several adjustments in her appearance here to conform to local customs and sensitivities.
Even though she made several disappearances from the stage, Carey reappeared wearing the same outfit again.
Later, Carey told fans that she normally changed costumes about eight times between performances but this time she had to make an exception.
Im sorry that Im so boring but Im just playing by the rules, she said.
The 33-year-old singer said she was abiding by the dress code regulations of the Government and decided to stick to one safe outfit.
The fans were undeterred by her unprecedented compromise on her clothing.
Despite a slight drizzle in the late afternoon, about 30,000 excited fans, both young and old, thronged the stadium, with some of them coming as early as 5pm.
Paul Munro, a broadcaster from Australia who came to Malaysia for a holiday in November, even extended his stay just to catch a glimpse of his favourite singer.
Munro, a Carey fan who has all her albums and knows all her songs, said his extended stay was decided on at the last minute because he only found out about the concert four weeks earlier.
Local singer Vincent Chong, better known as Vince, was also spotted outside the stadium before the concert started.
Im really a big fan of Mariah Carey and have always dreamed of doing a duet with her, said the Akademi Fantasia 2003 winner.
The concert, which started at 9.30pm, saw Carey perform 15 of her hit songs, including My All, Without You, Hero, Always Be My Baby, Through The Rain and Butterfly.

Parent site: "Focus on Malaysia"