DUBAI – Superstar Alicia Keys on Friday debuted her new album live in front of a packed crowd at the world’s fair in Dubai – a lively pop performance full of soaring vocals and piano sols.
‘We can live on the air’, she crooned from beneath the fast shimmering dome at Dubai’s Expo, a fortified stage ringed by riveted – and COVID-19 vaccinated – fans bouncing, grooving and nodding to the beat. ‘Baby, baby, we gonna rock forever’.
Keys, 40, sauntered onstage in a glittery gold bodysuit, her hair in a tight bun, and hammed out her right studio album along with old classics, radiating confidence.
“Tonight I want you to let everything go, let everything go, and come with me on this journey,” she told revelers. “I never want this night to end.”
Her jazzy songs under the dome’s projected starry sky, set to percussive crosscurrents and piano arpeggios created a kind of ceaseless, dreamy rush through the Expo grounds as the warm winter night hung over the Persian Gulf. Keys twirled, grooved and sometimes sat alone hitting high notes from the piano.
The 15 – time Grammy Award – winning singer’s sprawling double album, ‘KEYS’, includes two versions of each song: ‘Originals’, produced by Keys, and ‘Unlocked’, produced by Keys and Michael Williams II, who goes by Mike Will Made – It’.