Ok so here we are, the full write-up! When I mentioned Dionne Warwick at the Shangri-La – Kuala Lumpur there wasn’t much response, so sadly I can assume not many Malaysians know WHO Dionne Warwick is?
Well read this for a start: Dionne Warwick at Wiki
She’s pretty much the second best female vocalist of all time after only Aretha Franklin and also note that out of the Billboard Hot 100 top pop singles from 1955-1999 she’s #20 out of 200 artists.
Anyway, that aside – on to the event! We arrived about 7+ for the ‘cocktail’ reception – yeah with no cocktails only sirap ais or water. And this dinner is RM1000 per head, for the cheap seats! Apparently seats in the middle were about 3k per head and I hate to think how much the front row of tables cost.
So what else to do while waiting, pose a bit la!
The tickets for table 91! Yeah Table 91 out of 104..right at the back corner.
The table was nicely set when we got in and the place lit up with candles.
Some n95 cam-whoring went down too.
So we hung around a bit and eventually got seated – and ate a few bread rolls because we were starving!
KY likes a bit of bread with his butter.
After that the food started coming, the first course was Rock Lobster Tian topped with Veal laced with Wasabi Vinaigrette, this was pretty good if a little salty.
Following that was Petit Poi’s Cappucino with Foie Gras Dumpling (no hit of Foie Gras tho), the soup was nothing special.
Then the main course Cod Fillet Papillote & Chicken Roulade, the Cod was pretty bad, the chicken was very nice.
And finally the desert, Almond Cake flavoured with Orange & Truffle Flavoured Ice-cream, which tasted weird.
After that the performance started, this was pretty much what I could see from the back.
They were kind enough to set up some big screens though so we could see her, the sound was a bit quiet though – I guess we were too far back and too far to the side.
The stage was excellent, and she got everyone to sing along in her most popular songs – it was beautiful. Lot’s of people waving candles in the air too.
Dionne is an extremely charismatic performer who really worked the crowd, when the applause wasn’t good enough she chided everyone and told them to try again – that’s now how you show respect to a performer who is giving their all.
Of course a standing ovation at the end.
Then everyone patiently waiting for an encore, but when I saw the musicians unplugging all the cables, I knew that was the end of that.
So a quick last camho, and off we went home.
It was a great evening, good company and a fantastic performance. I look forward to many more events!