They came here to have some FUN. and FUN. was what they got in return. What seemed like another artist press conference turned out to be a heart-warming welcome for the Grammy award-winning trio at Hard Rock Hotel, Resorts World Sentosa Singapore on March 15, 2013.
Nate Reuss, Jack Antonoff and Andrew Dost spoke with members of the media, revealing more about their music and the “FUN. experience”, telling of their first impressions of Singapore and unveiling their (hidden) sense of humour at the press conference before staging their first ever concert in Singapore.
Jesting about where they would keep their Grammy trophies, front-man Reuss immediately responded, “I think my parents are better at holding on to things than I am. I live out of a suitcase!” Dost was unsure if he wanted to leave his prized possessions with his parents, wanting to keep them “in a greedy way” on his shelf instead. Antonoff then said he would give his trophies to Dost’s parents so Andrew could keep his own.
After which, the band went on to answer what they called a “good question” – If they were given a million dollars each, what would they do with it? Dost jumped at it and said, “I’d give mine to Jack’s parents to thank them for the Grammy,” while Ruess and Antonoff answered in unison, “(Nate) would open up a bar – a Singapore themed bar – called ‘Slings’,” and (Jack)’d probably invest in the bar. It seems like a gold mine.” Touché.
As the press conference drew to a close, the band was greeted with a surprise mash-up performance of FUN.’s own “Some Nights” and “We Are Young”. The performance, organized by Beyond The Border, Behind The Men, was anchored by a group of five young people, accompanied by two Bangladesh migrant workers.
Breaking out in grins, the boys said, “That was amazing. That was the best cover (we)’ve ever seen!”
The band went on to take the stage at The Coliseum, Resorts World Sentosa later that evening, performing a set of 15 songs, including “All The Pretty Girls”, “Why Am I The One”, “All Alright”, “Carry On”, “Some Nights” and Grammy-winning “We Are Young”, from their albums Aim and Ignite
and Some Nights
(Photo: Marcus Lin)
Highlights of the concert include: Dost’s soulful trumpet and piano tunes during as well as in between songs, Reuss’ sturdy and energetic vocals which always encouraged participation and interactivity with the crowd, Antonoff ditching his guitar and drumming with the drummer to “Barlights” and of course, resounding voices singing to lyrics that resonated in many hearts (“I’ve got nothing left inside of my chest, but it’s all alright,” just to name a few).
(Photo: Aloysius Lim)
The band ended on a melancholic note, singing “Stars” for the finale, bidding farewell and saying, “We can’t wait to come back to Singapore.” Reuss, Dost and Antonoff truly brought the “FUN. experience” of playing for themselves and for their fans, proving that it was all for FUN. and FUN. for all!
(Photo: Aloysius Lim)