No one can accuse Demi Lovato of not working hard.
The Demi World Tour (presented by Tampax) rolled into Edmonton on October 4, and I was lucky enough to cover it for Sheri, who was in Toronto at a conference.
As I discovered earlier that day, this is Demi’s second tour of 2014 (her first, Neon Lights, kicked off this past February and had dates across North and South America) – not that she showed any signs of fatigue!
The Tampax team was generous enough to give us four concert tickets as well as meet and greet passes, so blogger Sarah (doingallthethings.com), her daughter, my friend Allison and I were on high alert all day waiting for details!
Meet and Greet and Tampax #BeRadiant Selfie Station
We arrived at Rexall Place and met up with the Tampax #BeRadiant team before heading backstage to meet Demi. Thank you again to Sarah (different Sarah) and the rest of the US team handling the meet & greet – they were lovely to us and made sure we had a great time.
We only had a very quick moment to say hello to Demi and pose for a quick photo. Her hair is beautiful up close – she has it dyed dark teal right now with one side shaved with a chevron design.
After we met Demi, we found our way to the Tampax #BeRadiant Selfie Station, which was a fun extra. It had a Demi cutout, a photobooth, some fun fashion pieces inspired by Demi’s past outfits, and one of Demi’s red carpet dresses in a display.
The #BeRadiant team also gave us the scoop on the new Be Radiant collection, which is a combined line from Tampax and Always featuring both pads and tampons. The tampons have a noise-free wrapper (and it’s re-sealable, too!), which I thought was a fantastic idea – no more fumbling with the loud wrapper in the ladies’ room at work! (“I hate it when it sounds like you’re opening a bag of chips in there!”, Allison said when we were given our samples, to general hilarity.)
I had so much fun live tweeting this concert from @ThisBirdsDay. (Thank you to all the awesome TBD readers who followed along!) Demi put on a great, high-energy show, and her song order was cleverly picked – the concert started out with a bang (“Really Don’t Care”), slowed to an acoustic set in the middle with Demi showing off her piano skills and finished strong with songs that got the crowd on their feet.
Demi has been playing piano and guitar since she was a small child, and you can tell that she’s a seasoned performer. She made sure to connect with the crowd during the show and talked about her charity work in Africa and some of her focus this year, which is on living healthy and moving on from past mistakes (something that I’m sure a lot of us can relate to).
The highlight of the concert for me was “Neon Lights,” which was the encore, and featured some amazing moves from Demi’s dancers as well as some pyrotechnics.
Songs she played also included:
Really Don’t Care
Let It Go (from Frozen – the crowd went crazy for this one!)
Thriller (Michael Jackson cover – it was so fun!)
Give Your Heart a Break
Encore: Neon Lights
Carla is an Edmonton-based communications professional and social media citizen. She likes traveling, reading, blogging, beef dip sandwiches and silly internet memes. Follow her adventures here on This Birds Day or on her website, putnamkerr.com. If you’re on Twitter, feel free to drop her a tweet, too!