Ryan Tedder is one of the industry’s most well respected and influential songwriters/producers. He’s penned some of the biggest hits of the last ten years including ‘Halo’ (Beyonce), ‘Bleeding Love’ (Leona Lewis) and ‘Burn’ (Ellie Goulding). His band OneRepublic have done pretty well for themselves too with six certified top ten singles and an army of fans worldwide. It’s been 5 years since the band have toured Australia and about time they were back on Australian soil. Playing to a sold out Tivoli crowd in Brisbane the night was set to be an unforgettable evening.
Opening with ‘Light It Up’ from their new album ‘Native’ the bands high production was quickly revealed. The stage was covered in heavy strobe lighting and video interludes segued the show perfectly. The set list was compiled mainly of tracks from ‘Native’ but a few old favourites were showcased earlier in the set including ‘Secret’, ‘All The Right Moves’ and ‘Stop And Stare’. It would have been nice to have heard a few more older tracks performed live however the new songs really went down well with the crowd. ‘Counting Stars’ was surprisingly performed early on in the set and had the whole crowd dancing and moving along to the infectious pop song.
You couldn’t help but get goose bumps when the first few notes of ‘Apologize’ started, erupting the sold out crowd into one of the biggest sing a longs of the night. This started the acoustic session of the show where they played ‘Burning Bridges’ and ‘Preacher’ which are two songs highly predicted to be one of the new singles. Finishing off the acoustic session was a unique cover of Kanye West’s ‘Gold Digger’ transforming into an epic sounding full band rock version.
Tedder’s crowd interaction is commendable, encouraging them to sing a long, dance and lose their mind. While introducing ‘Feel Again’ the band explained how the proceeds towards this song went to ‘Save The Children’ to help make a difference. During the encore Tedder jumped onto the barrier getting up close and personal with some of the lucky fans in the first few rows. Closing the night with ‘If I Lose Myself’ while Confetti filled the venue seemed like a fitting end. That was before Ylvis viral hit ‘The Fox’ blasted through the PA while the band said goodnight and walked off stage. OneRepublic put on a highly energetic live show that you will definitely won’t forget. If you thought Ryan Tedder’s vocals were impressive in recordings, there’s no preparing yourself for seeing him live. His vocal range is ridiculous and how he actually gets the high will always remain a mystery.