First stop of the military tour in Bahrain was a success. Aside from the amazing time performing, thought I’d share some side pics: We saw the Grand Mosque there, visited the Tree of Life– a tree growing out in the middle of nowhere in the desert, and also got a tour from some of the service men of where they work. I’ll make sure to post pictures of some of the performing, and with the service men and women later
Show #2 in Bahrain tonight! So cool being around these military men and women and seeing what they do. Makes me feel puny
— David Archuleta (@DavidArchie) July 11, 2014
I found internet. I know this is a bit delayed, but how about Argentina, eh? Or… che? #ArgentinaALaFinal
— David Archuleta (@DavidArchie) July 10, 2014
Long ✈️ to go see and perform for the troops.
— David Archuleta (@DavidArchie) July 8, 2014
Man, I feel kind of depressed for Brazil after watching that game. Gotta show some respect for how much pressure that is. — David Archuleta (@DavidArchie) July 8, 2014
P.S. I know a lot of you are concerned about me not having clothes, but I already bought new clothes so don’t worry about me . Thanks — David Archuleta (@DavidArchie) July 8, 2014
Thanks to all who have sent fan letters and stuff to the fan PO box address! Nice seeing the birthday books and letters — David Archuleta (@DavidArchie) July 8, 2014
— Dan Clark (@danclarkspeak) July 10, 2014
— Dan Clark (@danclarkspeak) July 10, 2014
Looks like @DavidArchie will be touring on a base where my son is! OMG!
— lct (@germanyet) July 9, 2014
Omg Kyla, gigi & Tia with David Archuleta pic.twitter.com/37XUAMBpUp
— Jessa Mendoza (@Mendozajessaaa) July 10, 2014
@FanScene I posted the only video they'd allow @ this point on my FB Fan Page, we can't post any of the performances yet for safety reasons.
— Jason Hewlett (@jasonhewlett) July 11, 2014
Everyone in Ireland went to see Macklemore last night but I watched David Archuleta sing in front of like 100 people at a military base
— Haz (@harrygilbert7) July 11, 2014
Bring Him Home snippet:
Abrra's Candy Jar has "Bring Him Home" snippet mp3 &mp4 https://t.co/qwAS0lJqv5
— TheVoice (@Abrra) July 11, 2014
— TheVoiceDA (@TheVoiceDA) July 12, 2014
Meet and Greets:
Me and the famous David Archuleta from American Idol! ☺ pic.twitter.com/6r5XFFIPXs
— Kimberly Bolf (@KimboNation) July 10, 2014
this close to him. gwapo nya tlga… pic.twitter.com/09utcrNxC6
— Mrs Lu ❤️ (@JMaeLiang_15) July 10, 2014
NSA Bahrain has amazing photos on their Facebook:
Jason Hewlett has been giving us wonderful updates on his blog and Facebook. Here are some excerpts:
To watch these Troops laugh gigantic hearty belly laughs (mostly coming from Dan Clark’s hilarity, and sometimes mine), is one of the greatest experiences I’ve had as a performer. To know that David Archuleta can sing and touch their hearts in such a way that it brings tears, Dean Kaelin’s piano and guitar accompaniment raises the level of emotion and beauty in the song and message, Dan Clark’s mastery as Emcee and Inspirational Speaker, delivering a message as only Dan can, with over-the-top stories, hilarious delivery, and powerful life-changing emotion.
And so our Military Tribute Tour brings a new level of helping them feel appreciated. They say, “Thank You for coming to us, this was so amazing, the best show we’ve ever seen!” That’s what’s so great about our show, is that all of us have a way to connect with someone in the audience, and it is joyous.
From there we went to the larger camp, and had our show in the evening. It was received with a standing ovation and many appreciative audience members. We expressed our love and they showed it right back. It was so cool. Many people have asked to hear David’s singing of “Bring Him Home”, it was captured on video in only a portion but can be seen on my FB Page if you want to check it out, Dan’s team did a great job with our first video we’ve sent out. Many have asked if we can do any LiveStreaming or other uploads – unfortunately we have to be very careful what we post and send out, so thank you for understanding to in order to protect everyone here!
What a long, tiring, wonderful day it was. Early flight out the next morning to the next stop: KUWAIT.
With little sleep, no bags or luggage, confused and dazed, we had an incredible First Full Day on our Tour in a fascinating place: Bahrain.
Literally, my face just melted right off, so gross, people were screaming….
And then I realized they were screaming for David Archuleta, who was walking innocently behind me. It’s like Beatlemania with him. Man, this guy is popular everywhere in the whole wide world! Not sure if anyone could be more deserving of success and adoring fans than David, he’s a legitimately kind, spiritual, determined, talented, and calculated person. I’m learning a lot just being around this kid (I call him a kid because I’m like an old man compared to his youthfulness, and to me it’s a term of endearment. But let’s be real, he’s now a man and even requested a razor at the front desk of the hotel in order to shave his manly beard growing in, since DELTA lost our luggage. I offered my razor but it still had some coarse back hairs stuck in it and he started crying….not really but that would be hilarious).
This morning we went shopping for Ramadan appropriate clothing. David found a nice outfit for the show tonight and looked dashing.
Our Show went off huge with the audience. Dan Clark opened with a few great stories, including his world famous “Puppies for Sale” from the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, and then brought David Archuleta to the stage with Dean Kaelin. They did one number, “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and crushed it. Apparently this wasn’t the same type of audience we’ll see every time, as it was all families with little kids, but I think everyone who came was there to see David. The women were taking photos, girls standing on chairs – Teeny Boppers – feeling like old times pre-mission, seeing the manchild work his magic with the music. It was beautiful.
Dan told a few inspiring stories, David sang “Everybody Hurts”, “Imagine” and “Crush”, and then I’d return to do my Journey, Guns n’ Roses, Chipmunks, Gangnam Style, and whatever else could keep the kids attention on the front row.
David closed us out with “Hero” and “Bring Him Home”. He’s certainly a talent!
After the standing ovation and signing some items we brought to give away, including David’s CD’s, my DVD’s, and Dan’s cool hats he got made for this Tour:
…we were privileged to meet the amazing people in our audience, sign autographs, give hugs, take pictures, and many thanks from an appreciative audience of brave men and women serving our Country so valiantly, we had another most wonderful opportunity to go perform a late night fireside for our Church members congregated in the area, a 9:30 PM uplifting message of faith and inspiration this Thursday night, prior to their Friday sabbath worship (changed from Sundays traditionally due to local customs). Dan motivated, taught, and inspired, Dean played a medley of hymns that brought me to tears, I made them laugh and think about what God sent us here to do that only we can do, and David wrapped up the evening with a most powerful testimony and hymn.
What a wonderful day!
Don’t Expect Luggage To Arrive
Hoping we get our gear, we are all in the same outfits now for 60+ hours. Stinky! But the shows must go on, hoping Dean gets his keyboard, but luckily he’s a genius and can figure out all of the songs for David, and as we all know, David can sing the phone book anyway.
Let the Tour begin! More photos coming soon.
American Idol Finalist, and one of the world’s most beloved young singers, David Archuleta, is on this trip. Actually, we may have been upgraded to First Class at the airport because David is with us! You would have thought the Pope was out for lunch in Rome walking through the Salt Lake Airport with David. I kept pushing people away, shouting, “Just let the boy sing, give him space to breathe and catch the next note!” I think I’ll be his bodyguard on this trip since he’s so shy, kind, and fits in my carry on. Playing keyboard and guitar for David will be the Vocal Coach of The Stars, Dean Kaelin, who’s pupils have gone on to fame and fortune for 2 decades. It is a power packed line-up. And then I’m here, too. The 3D’s and a J.
The show will flow as follows: Dan Clark will Emcee with his incredible humor and motivational stories, David Archuleta will then sing inspirational songs such as “Imagine”, “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, and “Bring Him Home”. The audience will be sobbing by the time I come out on stage, at which time I will attempt to bring them to laughing hysterically.
Dean Kaelin also blogs on his Facebook!
Dan Clark’s facebook updates on the background for the tour:
Check out the Armed Forces Entertainment poster.