B.o.B in Singapore 2011

Last summer August 2011, an important personality came to Singapore: the artist B.o.B. Organized by the famous sports chain Adidas for which he is a spokesperson, an autograph session was arranged in one of its shops. I had the privilege to attend this event, and found that the event was very secure, perhaps a little too secured.

B.o.B at Signapore concert
BoB at the concert at Hard Rock Hotel in
So together with the fans, I was waiting outside the Adidas shop and caught of a glimpse of B.o.B through the window trying on clothes and doing his shopping! After he was done, he sat down at the table, preparing for the autograph session. Everyone outside the shop was impatiently waiting for this moment, books, CD and camera all ready in hand to capture the precious moment. 

The door finally opened and everybody entered in an orderly fashion, under the scrutiny of the security guards of course. When it was our turn (my brother and I), we were very disappointed by the event and the organization: B.o.B was not allowed to sign on any of our belongings, and handed out an already pre-signed piece of paper. As for photographs with B.o.B, they were taken by the Adidas shop cameras and we could not use our own.

My brother was about to hand his handphones to B.o.B to sign and even the man himself was willing to take it and sign it for it him, but the security guards stood between them and forbid B.o.B to sign! It was not only very shocking but simply rude.

Security should not be compromised, but the amount of control was stifling and definitely not memorable (if it was intended to be then the organizers or the shop management utterly failed). On top on this, the photographs taken could only be found on the Adidas Facebook page, which means that the fans who do not have a Facebook account, cannot see their pictures. It was unbelievably very disappointing!
B.o.B at Signapore concert
B.o.B at Signapore concert Thankfully, the concert in the evening at 8p.m at Sentosa HardRock Hotel was  good. He sang almost all of his famous songs including Airplanes, Nothing On You etc... As the night went on the concert became craizer (in a good way) with everybody having a very good time. The only downside? We were not allowed to bring in our cameras as filming was not allowed. Luckily, Apple invented iPhones which have camera functions. It's a good thing they were not technologically updated too.

B.o.B at Signapore concert
So apart from not being allowed to take photos, and the disappointing organizing at Adidas earlier on in the day, the venue for B.o.B was quite welcomed. A big crowd was there to support him and meet him. B.o.B is a very talented artist, he is also very professional and a simpatico (likeable and easy to get along with) person. I hope he will return to Singapore one day! 

B.o.B in concert Singapore
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