Caught Up

Waiting for Usher at Mercedes Benz arena shanghai

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).

OMG Usher Ticket

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.

@ Mercedes Benz Arena by [Terence], on Flickr”>Usher show <a href=@ Mercedes Benz Arena” />

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).

Usher Serenade

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.

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31 Responses to Caught Up

  1. WoAi says:

    I walked for about half an hour before I found a taxi after Wednesday’s Eagles concert, although admittedly I was not heading in the best direction (along the river towards Nanpu bridge). And on the way the police weren’t letting the taxis drive close to the entrance although much to my annoyance they enforced this quite arbitrarily so after I started walking I saw lots of taxis whizzing by with concert goers.

    Did he do “U Remind Me”? Can’t believe it’s 10 years old already!

  2. Terence says:

    Ah the post concert cab – well I have a secret spot and it took us only 5 minutes walk past the subway stop to catch a cab.

    I’m pretty sure he did, but I got distracted partway through the concert because of loutish laowai behaving poorly in the aisle next to our seats.

  3. Dingle says:

    Who’s Usher? Is he one of those hippity-hop guys?

  4. Terence says:

    One of those R&B shirtless guys the ladies love.

  5. WoAi says:

    Ladies Love Cool J

  6. Terence says:

    Cool James is one of the hippity-hop guys.

  7. WoAi says:

    Swiss James, just in case you’re wondering, we’re not talking about you!

  8. Terence says:

    Swiss James is not at hippity hop guy

  9. WoAi says:

    Yes, true he’s more of a hoppity hip guy.

  10. Dingle says:

    Shirtless? In this inclement weather? He sounds a bit off if you ask me, probably been up all night smoking a crack!

    Makes me shudder it does, the youth today..

  11. Terence says:

    it was pretty warm at the Mercdes Benz Arena. He did seem sweaty. All the women, surprisingly, we also flushed.

  12. WoAi says:

    And a few men too no doubt!

  13. Terence says:

    I thought we weren’t talking about Swiss James in this space.

  14. dingle says:

    Well, the females looking flushed could easily be explained by early onset of menopause but Mr Usher’s sweating sounds far more sinister, probably the late stages of rabies.

    I tell you mr T this maddens me to the core, thinking of him standing on that stage spreading a communicable disease willy nilly, I tell you mr Usher, if you were here right now I would do you an. EXTREME physical disservice!!

  15. Terence says:

    @dingle – He’s quite a big guy. I’d put my money on him.

  16. WoAi says:

    My money is on Dingle. He has a secret weapon known only by a single letter : H

  17. Terence says:

    Two on one isn’t exactly fair, izzit?

  18. WoAi says:

    Everyone hates the Japanese. Life isn’t fair!

  19. Terence says:

    If they would only apologize!

  20. Dingle says:

    Terence do you think I’m stupid? There’s no way I’d take him straight on, I’d pull a drivethru on him, casting ninja throwing stars from the window of a fast moving Volkswagen Santana

  21. Terence says:

    This comment makes no sense. But I’ll answer it anyways: 1. Yes 2. It’s a drive-by, not drive-through 3. Ninja stars – Japanese? Better apologize 4. What is a fast moving Volkswagen Santana. I mean I know what a Volkswagen Santana is, but how does one get it to move fast? Drop it from an airplane?

  22. WoAi says:

    Talking about hip hoppity guys, Nate Dogg, RIP (aged 41)

  23. Terence says:

    16 in the clip and one in the hole, Nate Dogg is about to make some bodies turn cold.

  24. WoAi says:

    I was actually listening to that (Regulate) this morning, but it’s not really a coincidence. He was younger than I am. Tragic.

  25. WoAi says:

    Very flattering. Sadly I’m close to 48 than I am to 24. Unless you’re talking about my mental age!

  26. Terence says:

    I didn’t say Nate Dogg was 6!

  27. Dingle says:

    was it a drive-thru?

  28. Terence says:

    Close, it was a stroke.

  29. WoAi says:

    He’s survived two strokes. All the press I read said the cause of death was unclear, but I think drive thru can be ruled out.

  30. Terence says:

    Unless it was drive thru food which led to the strokes.

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