It’s hard to believe that Meghan Trainor was a complete unknown just one year ago. It almost seems like ‘All About That Bass’ came out of nowhere, climbing charts and polarizing audiences.
Some said she empowered woman of all sizes to embrace their body, whilst others accused her of being solely responsible for the ‘skinny-shaming’ movement. Her hour long set at the Forum in Melbourne set out to prove once and for all that Trainor is a lover, not a hater.
Meghan was supported by the talented G.R.L, who are still pushing on following the tragic passing of singer Simone Battle. Their dancing was on point, but we were frustrated that they started their set before everyone had been let into the venue.
The girls left it to pre-recorded tracks to do most of the singing for them, but given their energetic choreography we couldn’t blame them. It was a bit awkward when they lip-synced Simone’s solo verse on ‘Ugly Heart’ though!
After a short intermission, Meghan came out with the sultry tones of current single ‘Dear Future Husband’.
Surprisingly, this was the first time we had ever experienced a concert starting earlier than advertised, which might have been annoying if anyone had come at the scheduled starting time. They always say these times are “subject to change”, but we always figured that was in case the artist was running late. Alas, we digress.
Meghan was a phenomenon on stage. She sang incredibly well, mingled with the crowd and utilized her band and backing dancers to great effect. She’s not one to indulge in complicated dance moves but when she does, it was usually simple and well executed.
To the delight of her mainly pre-teen (and their mums) audience, Trainor performed the entirety of her debut album, ‘Title’. This is all well and good until you consider songs like ‘3am’ and ‘Walkashame’.
At one point we looked at the crowd and witnessed 10 and 11 year olds singing ‘3am, I might be looking for a late-night friend’ with the type of vigour you’d expect from five years old at a Wiggles concert. Whilst this situation is certainly not unique to Meghan, it was disturbing nevertheless.
Another odd moment occurred when she started dancing to ‘Uptown Funk’. We have no clue why she couldn’t have belted it out, but the crowd seemed to love it! Indeed, the audience was completely mesmerised by Meghan, swinging their hands wildly in the air at any given opportunity.
She even brought a couple of lucky fans up during the show, including a birthday girl and an adorable toddler. The toddler got all of Meghan’s attention during the moment everyone was there for, ‘All About That Bass’.
We still can’t work out if we found that endearing or self-indulgent. We do hope she returned the kid afterwards, as she walked off stage with them!
All in all, Meghan delivered an upbeat, (mostly) family-friendly show. She encouraged the crowd to embrace their beauty and sang like a champion.
Whilst we’re personally ready for ‘All About That Bass’ to be rested for a while, we’re genuinely curious to see whether the unforgiving pre-teen market stay around for what she does next.
She brought the fire to the Forum, but only time will tell if she can become more than just ‘that Bass’ girl.