Mariah Carey Finishes Tour On High Note

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The Telegraph

After a bumpy tour opener on the Gold Coast last week, Mariah Carey managed to cap her mini-Australian tour on a high when her final show in Melbourne received improved reviews. The 42-year-old diva, whose opening show was hampered by technical difficulties, appeared to make an extra effort on Saturday night, performing songs not previously included in her two prior shows and making attempts to endear herself to the 15,000-strong crowd – at one point claiming she had taken a liking to VB.

“I figured I had a little Vegemite last time (I was here), so I’d have a splash,” she told the crowd while holding up a can of Victoria’s famed brew. “I love Melbourne and it’s about time I came back.” Carey also showed her generous side, providing VIP fantasy packages for staff from her hotel, the Park Hyatt.

She added a song Fly Like A Bird, which she didn’t sing on the Gold Coast or in Sydney, and again introduced the audience to her 18-month-old twins Monroe and Moroccan. It followed varying reviews for her previous two shows, when critics called her first tour in 17 years everything from “spectacular” to “shallow”. Despite what appeared to be an attempt to make amends for the lacklustre response, fans still took to Facebook and Twitter following Saturday night’s closer in Melbourne, with many citing the limited set list.

“8 songs… unbelievable. Between my wife and I we paid over 60 dollars a song. Not impressed, really disappointed. Expected so much more,” wrote concert goer Joe Alessi. Another wrote: “Disappointing evening. She sang beautifully but I have never seen an artist leave the stage so many times.” But another added: “I was at Melb and Sydney shows and thought they were both amazing in their own way.”

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