On Saturday March 12, Usher Raymond IV performed at Shanghai’s Mercedes Benz Arena. Best known for his R&B hits such as You Make Me Wanna, Caught Up, Confessions Part II, DJ Got Us Falling Love and the title of his world tour, OMG. I’m not a huge Usher fan, but I know the big hits and I had actually seen him at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas about 6 years ago and he put on a great show (helped by openers John Legend and Kanye West).
This time was no different as he interacted with the crowd, danced up a storm, performed his hits as well as his less-well-known songs. The man puts on a fantastic show – and had most of the women in the arena ready to rush the stage.
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Usher has this thing, that I assume he does every show, where he picks a woman out of the audience to serenade her. This show’s woman was pretty game, wiping him down with his towel and going in for a couple of kisses (on the cheek).
As for the arena – it was great. Maybe that’s only in comparison to other Chinese arenas, but they had plentiful food choices, the sightlines were good, the seats were good – the only thing I would say that could be improved would be transport in and out – maybe a subway entrance closer to the arena itself. Pro tip: when coming over from Puxi in a cab, don’t take the Xizang Lu tunnel – because the traffic coming south on Pudong Nan Lu will kill you (especially when around Hongshan Lu where it starts to mix with all of the tourist traffic at the China Pavilion); if you take the Lupu Bridge and come UP Pudong Nan Lu, direct to Exposition Boulevard (Shibo da dao) that will lead you right up to the arena with no problems.