by Tiana Feng
As a kid growing up in the 90s, I would sit in front of the TV every Friday night religiously waiting for YTV’s Hitlist. It was like a clean version of the Much Music countdown. Actually, I don’t think I even had Much Music as a kid, so (besides radio) the Hitlist was my only exposure to new music in the pre-internet days. Naturally, I grew up loving pop music. In fact, I still love pop music and not hesitant to admit it at all. Anyways, when it was announced that Aaron Carter was playing Lee’s Palace months ago, I laughed, but at the same time planned to go.
It was sort of weird that Aaron was booked at Lee’s Palace. His giant luxury trailers were parked right outside, attracting ogglers on the street and a line of girls starting at 5pm. It wasn’t really necessary to line up that early, as the show did not sell out but I guess those were the girls who wanted to touch Aaron in front of the stage. I arrived at 10pm and heard that his unknown openers were cancelled. I was quite happy that Aaron Carter was going to start early. I had looked up setlist of other shows on this tour and it looked quite long.
I went to the concert with a few blogger friends (@melodylamb and @beets) and I’m pretty sure we were the only media on the list. We had no idea what to expect considering the last time we heard of Aaron was during our tween years. We waited eagerly for him to take the stage. Then all of a sudden a figure wearing a “Security” hoody appeared and was revealed to be Aaron.
He opened up the night with “I Want Candy” and included old favourites like “Bounce” “Not Too Young Not Too Old” and “Aaron’s Party”. There was also a medley of current popular hits including Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”. Aaron also had the most wardrobe changes I had ever seen at a Lee’s Palace show. Obviously “How I Beat Shaq” wielded a Lakers jersey. Despite the small venue, Aaron Carter took the stage with great enthusiasm. He retained his boy-band dance moves and occasionally cartwheeled while still holding the mic. He also did that magical thing where he would make eye contact with every member of the audience and I couldn’t help but smile and giggle inside. It was also the first time I’ve ever did that screaming girl reaching at him thing. I mean that’s how you have a full boy band experience right? Bras were thrown on stage (not by me) and mid-songs Aaron kissed the girls in front who were probably the ones who lined up since 5pm.
Musically, Aaron’s voice still sounded quite similar to his early days. Puberty must not have expected much because he still retained the high pitched rap tone and could still hit those falsetto notes. He wasn’t trying to pull a Miley and be more “grown-up”. In fact, he was playing with the fact that we loved him as young pop star. Even his new song “Where We Begin” is tongue-and-cheek pop. He was singing to the young kid in all of us and we loved every second of it. I didn’t even expect to stay for the entire show, but by the end we were all smiling at how much fun that actually was.