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Review: The Cranberries LIVE in Singapore

3 Aug

Note: Too busy to write a review for this concert, I just copied this review from CNA here. As a rock music lover, I do not agreed that the sound are loud. Saw a few guys/girls were putting their fingers in their ears.

The Cranberries in SG: A little too loud, a little too dazzling but still all good
By Han Wei Chou | Posted: 02 August 2011 2107 hrs


The Cranberries vocalist Dolores O’Riordan’s enthusiasm was infectious.

SINGAPORE: Seven thousand people turned up to catch Irish band The Cranberries in concert at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Monday night.

And many of them must’ve gone home with sore legs.

From the moment The Cranberries took to the stage, many of the concert goers got on their feet to sing along and they didn’t sit down at all throughout the concert.

“It’s great to be back in Singapore. The years just flew by. It’s been too long,” said The Cranberries vocalist Dolores O’Riordan as she pranced onto the stage in an all-black ensemble.

The Cranberries kicked off the evening with the rousing song “Analyse”, with the crowd dutifully swaying to the music.

But it was only when the band began to play the intro for their hit song “Linger” did the audience start to go wild.

The Singapore Indoor Stadium came alive as O’Riordan incited the crowds, pumping her fist energetically into the air.

“Come on. Get your hands up and sway!” the singer said.

Her words were barely heard, drowned out by the excited screams of the audience.

O’Riordan scarcely needed to sing, with the crowd obliging her every time she pointed the microphone towards the crowd and asked them to sing along.

Still, she showed off her impressive vocals and soon whipped the audience into another frenzy with “Ode To My Family”.

The venue looked like a sea of waving arms when most of audience members stood up and swayed to the soulful song.

But for all the musical brilliance the band displayed, it was let down by the sub-par sound system at the Singapore Indoor Stadium during their performance.

O’Riordan’s voice was often drowned out by the sound from her band mates’ instruments that appeared to have had their output levels set way too loud, leaving audience members not only unable to hear O’Riordan but even hard of hearing after a few especially loud segments of the concert.

The Cranberries also went a little overboard with their use of strobe spotlights.

The concert should probably have come with a warning that it may cause epilepsy.

It was painful to look at the stage at some points of the concert, such as when the band performed “Salvation”, because of the numerous flashing strobe lights that framed the stage.

However, the band’s fans overlooked these problems and continued to respond enthusiastically when The Cranberries played their signature tune “Zombie”.

This time, the crowd’s screams overwhelmed even the overly-loud guitar and drums.

Just when the stage lights went out and it looked as though “Zombie” was the last song of the night, O’Riordan returned dressed in a purple gown and proceeded to perform a few mellower pieces like “Empty” and “Dying In The Sun”.

But it was the Irish quartet’s anthemic “Dreams” which brought the night to a close. Some lucky members of the audience were delirious with joy when O’Riordan descended from the stage to shake their hands midway through the song.

The singer then bounced back on stage and took a bow, signaling an end to an excellent evening of music.

“We’re always going to come back here because you guys are amazing!” said O’Riordan, giving the audience one last wave before leaving the stage.

-CNA/ha

Review: Anugerah Planet Muzik 2011

31 Jul

Anugerah Planet Muzik (APM) 2011 marks the tenth anniversary of the APM. The Malay music industry awards presentation event organised by Singapore radio stations Ria 89.7FM and Warna 94.2FM failed to return back to Singapore last year (2010) from Jakarta (Indonesia) where it was hosted there in 2009 and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) in 2008 due to “commercial considerations”.

This is my second time attending APM and the first time watching an event at The MAX Pavilion (Singapore Expo). It was back in 2005 at Suntec Convention Hall 601 and 602 that I watched the first music awards show. I was not satisfied with the event where the place get hotter when the show started. Not sure whether the aircon broke down or no one was checking the temperature. I was also not happy that the “APM guards” keep blocking the audiences’ view and catching audiences who took pictures and videos. Due to this, I decided to buy the expensive ticket (SGD81) and got the B3 Section, Row 2 and Seat 10 which was one of the tv camera favorite spots. Yeah, I was on tv most of the time during the 3 hours show!

Friday, 15 July 2011. The show was supposed to start at 8.30pm as shown on the ticket but only started at 9pm. They surprised us by having the “Red Carpet” inside the auditorium hall. As I was sitting in the middle of my row, I decided not to get out of my seat and run forward to capture the performing singers walking on the red carpet.

9pm and the show was telecast live at Suria and Astro Ria. Opening act by Orkestar Trio and Bloco Singapura before Sarah Aqilah, Hady Mirza, SleeQ, Sezairi Sezali, Taufik Batisah and Rahayu Ridwan with Senyum (Smile) song. Great combination and performance by the Singapore competitions winners (Singapore Idol and Anugerah). I guess SleeQ was there to assist with the rapping parts.


Best Vocal (New Female Artist): Amanda Imani


Best Vocal (New Male Artist): Sandhy Sondoro

I didn’t get it why the two awards were called Best Vocal. For me it should be called Best New Artist (Male/Female). If it was based on vocal, Roze should had won Best Vocal (New Female Artist) instead of Amanda.

Boring Selamilah Cinta performance by Amanda Imani and Ajai (on keyboard) followed by Sezaire Sezali (Matahari) and the performance by Sandhy Sondoro (Malam Biru). I’m not sure how Sandhy won the best vocal based on this live show. The judges should had attended the nominees’ live performances before they decides the winners. Judging by listening to their CDs is not the right way.


RZ, Sarah Aqilah and Dyn Norahim “Main-Main” joke.


Best Vocal (Duo / Group): Ana Raffali, Altimet & Suhaimi Meor Hassan

For me this award should go to Zivilia (Aishiteru). Korang, Ana reminds me of my girlfriend Sharifah Amani! 😛


Best Duo / Group: 3 Suara – Jaclyn Victor, Ning Baizura & Shila

3 Suara deserved this award based on their live performance.


Great “Tolong Ingatkan Aku” performance by Ana Raffali, Sleeq (Untuk Dia), Atilia & MonoLoQue (Kekanda Adinda) and group performance for “Kalau Berpacaran” replacing Altimet & Suhaimi Meor Hassan. Really enjoyed during this segment.


Scha Al-Yahya & Syazwan Zakariah, gandingan tak sesuai langsung!


Best Song (Singapore): Lagu Teman (The Lion Story feat Zahidah)


Most Popular Singapore Artist: Hardy Mirza


Shila Amzah & Ajai – Teman

I preferred Nurul to duet with Ajai for this song.


Sarah Aqilah – Seikhlas Hatiku


Hafiz – Awan Nano


3 Suara


Best Song (Malaysia): Awan Nano (Hafiz AF)

Best Song (Indonesia): Cintailah Aku Sepenuh Hati (Ari Lasso)


Aryan Band – Azura 2011

Best performance by Aryan Band lead by Still Youngz’s vocalist, Ikhsan. Not sure whether the former band has been disbanded.


Most Popular Song (Singapore): Angkasa (Hady Mirza)

Most Popular Regional Song: Angkasa (Hady Mirza)

Malaysians’ viewers were questioning the Most Popular Regional Song winner as they claimed that they had never heard of this song before. For me, regional awards should never be introduced in such an event as it will make our neighbouring countries feel bad when they think their artists should be the one winning it.


Afgan – Terima Kasih Cinta & Dia Dia Dia


Taufik Batisah & M.Nasir – Hey & Bukalah Hati Mu


Best Male Artist: Faizal Tahir

Faizal Tahir was not aware that he had just won the Best Male Artist award. The organisers should had told him to prepare for the award or getting someone keeping track of the winners’ where-about. An artist who are preparing for his/her performance do not have the time to watch the monitor’s screen all the time at the back-stage. This incident also happened when 3 Suara was announced as winner, Ning Baizura was at the back-stage and it took a few minutes for her to re-unite with the other members.


Best Female Artist: Rossa


Hady Mirza & Rossa – Angkasa & Ku Menuggu & Ayat Ayat Cinta

They looks like perfect couple eh?

Best Collaboration: Sayang Dayang Nurfaizah & Marcell


Best Song: Awan Nano


APM’s Special Award : Melly GoesLaw


Jac , Siti & Melly worst ever performance! They seems not having a rehearsal together.

It was raining heavily outside. Can you hear it, tv viewers?


Faizal Tahir with Hanyut & Selamat Malam


Faizal feeling hot. His performance began late. Took out his shirt and buttons.

I was thinking that his sickness came back! or got the viral from the 3 Diva? He felt that it was his worst ever performance. I was surprised that he angrily used his hands to hit the cymbals.


Siti Nurhaliza – Faling In Love

Siti needs to learn english! The viewer were laughing at her when she pronounced “confort”. I was not sure whether she was saying fall and falling or boy and bowling respectively during the chorus.

Best Album: Energi (Kotak)

Most Popular Regional Artist: Siti Nurhaliza

It is good that the organisers took Siti out from this category as she had won this awards since the day APM was born and awarded her with the Most Popular Regional Artist For More Than A Decade award.


Didi Alias aka Lady Gaga

Other than Didi Alias, I found that this year MCs (Adi Rahman, Fiza O – Singapore’s Ziana Zain and Daniel Mananta) were the most boring one.

Final comments:

1. The dot-matrix backdrop screens was a bad choice! I’m not sure whether they purposely used it to destroy the pictures’ qualities.
2. Lot of the VIPs seats were empty. It looked ugly on TV. VIPs should be given the left and right most sections of the stage and lets the paid audiences fill up the front seats. Tip: I will buy the cheapest ticket and fill up this VIPs seats next time. 🙂
3. Why was there no pamplets given? Budget? They had it the last time I came.

Review: Big Night Out 2011

14 Mar

Big Night Out 2011 concerts were not BIG after all. The organizer should had just put everyone in the Pen area to make it an eventful nights. There were so many empty seats and they decided shrinking the Pen A & B into a single Pen just a week before the concert. Saxon was not able to perform.

Some fans were not happy when their seats got reassigned. They had reserved the first row seats but had to settle on the reassigned seats that were a few rows back. Pen A tickets holders started selling their tickets as they were aware that there were much more cheaper tickets on sale.

I reached the Singapore Indoor Stadium at 7.35pm. The atmosphere was not so great, not like the Iron Maiden one. No queuing problem this time.

At around 8.20pm, Sugar Sammy came on stage and shared his jokes. Then I Am Giant made their appearance at 8.40pm. Not bad from the London band.


I Am Giant – Living the Crash

I Am Giant ended their performance at around 9.30pm and we waited for the main band Stone Temple Pilots to take on the stage. It was 10.30pm and there was not a single Stone Temple Pilots guys seen. The crowd got rowdy and shouted vulgar words to the organizer. Not sure what was their problems. Hmmm.. Maybe they had problem settling up the agreed payments?

At 10.50pm, Sugar Sammy was pushed to the stage to control the crowd, but instead he got booed and someone thrown something on his face. As the crowd got nasty, Stone Temple Pilots had no choice but to entertain their fans (?) or the organizer had paid the agreed payments (?).


Plush

Great lightning and performance by Stone Temple Pilots. I was not happy with the guys who reserved the front seats. They were standing/dancing all the time and made me wanted to give Cantona’s kicks to them and see them tumbling down to the Pen’s area. Haha. If you want to dance, buy the standing tickets you cheapskate White people!


Dead & Bloated


Between The Lines


Interstate Love Song

Stone Temple Pilots ended their performance just before midnight. Where the promised 90 minutes oh LAMC Productions?

Day 2, the concert started on time with Deja Voodoo Spells from Malaysia performing at 7.15pm. Great showmanship from this 3-piece band. Worth watching them.


Deja Voodoo Spells – Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody

Sugar Sammy take over the stage and repeated the same old shit. I was feeling very bored and post a comment on LAMC’s fb wall. Was he being paid to tell the same jokes for the 2 consecutive nights? I just saw his show on youtube and damn he was repeating exactly the same sentences!

Then came Twenty Two Hundred from Melbourne, Australia. A so-so performance by them. They ended their last song at 9pm.


Twenty Two Hundred – Sweet Dirty

At about 9.30pm, the one and only Slash and Myles Kennedy and the band take the centre stage. I was busy taking a close up photos of Slash and noticed that the sound system from the right speakers were no so good and I decided to move towards the center. Some fans were complaining about the sound system on the first day. I did not believe them as I was at Cat 3 area which was facing the stage.


Civil War

It was much better there as the bass and drum speakers were at the center of the stage. I had the chance hopping, rocking and singing along with the other fans there too. It feels like I was at a Guns ‘N’ Roses concert!


Sweet Child O Mine


Starlight

Awesome performance by them! Slash’s sweat was dripping all over the stage. Too hot eh Slash? I will probably watch them again if they come again. Slash was telling us that they should come here 3-4 times a year. Yeah!


Mean Bone


Back from Cali


Paradise City

They ended the show at 11.30pm with Paradise City. My 3rd rock concert of the year had just ended. What’s next? Metallica maybe?

Review: Iron Maiden Live In Singapore

19 Feb

Singapore Indoor Stadium’s all-times attendance record for the venue was finally broken when 15,000 Iron Maiden’s fans came to watch the English heavy metal band from Leyton in east London, Iron Maiden, played in Singapore for the first time in history.

The Final Frontier World Tour is in conjunction with the band’s fifteenth studio album, The Final Frontier, that was released on August 16, 2010 worldwide.

I bought a Pen A ticket (S$178 + S$3) online on November 10, 2010. Not very sure that I can last standing for 3 hrs without sitting. Almost sold my ticket away to another fan but the deal was off when they were not prepared to pay the money first.

There were crowd control management, queue systems and ushering problems when I reached at the Singapore Indoor Stadium (7pm). Fans who came around four to five were not allowed in the stadium when it started to rain heavily. Everyone got drenched and pissed and broke through the barricade.

I was quite surprised that Pen A queue was from one end to the other end of the stadium entrances, while at Pen B, fans do not really need to queue.

These tells me that they were selling more Pen A tickets than Pen B tickets, not proportional to the original seat plan that Pen B should start from T12/T37 towards the end, but the Pen was moved to T11/T38. Why having Pen A & B when you have the power to make it one single Pen? For what I know, having two equal Pens is for crowd control purposes.

I decided to join the queue after 7.30pm. By the time I was in Pen A, Rise To Remain, a 5-piece London based metal-core band, lead by Austin Dickinson, son of Bruce Dickinson, had already started performing.

The crews took about 20 mins to setup the equipments for Iron Maiden to begin their show. While waiting we did the Kallang Waves. At almost 9pm, Bruce Dickinson, 3 Amigos (Dave Murray, Adrian Smith and Janick Gers), Steve Harris and Nicko McBrain finally emerged on the centre stage and performed their first song ‘Satellite 15… The Final Frontier’ from their ‘Final Frontier’ album.

Bruce Dickinson remarked that an Englishman he met had warned him about Singapore’s lifeless concert crowds. From my previous experiences watching concerts at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, I’m quite agreed with the Englishman. But this concert was different, I was surprised that most of the 15,000 fans were standing, clapping, swaying, singing and hopping like a rabbit! He also said that this will not be the first and the last concert for them.

Overall the concert was AWESOME! Bruce Dickinson was all over the stage, climbing up and down the higher stage. Their energetic performance and stamina shows that Rock will never dies. My SGD181 was well spend and paid the price for standing too long. I had problem walking properly in the middle of the night to go peeing. I won’t mind paying more if they come here again. The stage, the lighting and the sound system were all perfect. I loved the album covers backdrop that changes when the band was performing songs from the albums.

Some fans were moshing in Pen A. I think Moshing and Circle Pit are only suitable for hardcore/punk shows but not rock/metal shows. As we were try and make some space for the circle pit, those behind me were pushing forward. All sorts of trouble might happen if people do not cooperate. For those youngsters, please don’t do it again.

Enjoys the videos below.

Doctor Doctor (UFO song)


Satellite 15… The Final Frontier


El Dorado


2 Minutes to Midnight


Coming Home


Dance of Death


The Trooper


Blood Brothers


The Wicker Man


When the Wild Wind Blows


The Talisman


The Evil That Men Do


Fear of the Dark


Iron Maiden


Eddie, the heavy metal’s all time favourite mascot appeared.

Iron Maiden did an encore at around 10.30pm.


The Number of the Beast


Hallowed Be Thy Name


Running Free

The show end just before 11pm. Just nice for the fans to take the public transports and have a good rest before start working on the following day.

Miss USA Pageant

17 May

Rima Fakih of Dearborn, Michigan beat out 50 other women to take the 2010 Miss USA title.

Rima, 24, Arab American Lebanese immigrant, won the pageant at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. She moved to the United States as a baby and was raised in New York, where she attended a Catholic school. Her family moved to Michigan in 2003.

She strutting confidently in an orange and gold bikini, wearing a strapless white gown that resembled a wedding dress. During the interview portion, Fakih was asked whether she thought birth control should be paid for by health insurance, and she said she believed it should because it’s costly.

Fakih replaces Miss USA 2009 Kristen Dalton and won a spot representing the United States this summer in the 2010 Miss Universe pageant. She also gets a one-year lease in a New York apartment with living expenses, an undisclosed salary, and various health, professional and beauty services.

Miss USA Pageant

17 May

Rima Fakih of Dearborn, Michigan beat out 50 other women to take the 2010 Miss USA title.

Rima, 24, Arab American Lebanese immigrant, won the pageant at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. She moved to the United States as a baby and was raised in New York, where she attended a Catholic school. Her family moved to Michigan in 2003.

She strutting confidently in an orange and gold bikini, wearing a strapless white gown that resembled a wedding dress. During the interview portion, Fakih was asked whether she thought birth control should be paid for by health insurance, and she said she believed it should because it’s costly.

Fakih replaces Miss USA 2009 Kristen Dalton and won a spot representing the United States this summer in the 2010 Miss Universe pageant. She also gets a one-year lease in a New York apartment with living expenses, an undisclosed salary, and various health, professional and beauty services.

Miss USA Pageant

17 May

Rima Fakih of Dearborn, Michigan beat out 50 other women to take the 2010 Miss USA title.

Rima, 24, Arab American Lebanese immigrant, won the pageant at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. She moved to the United States as a baby and was raised in New York, where she attended a Catholic school. Her family moved to Michigan in 2003.

She strutting confidently in an orange and gold bikini, wearing a strapless white gown that resembled a wedding dress. During the interview portion, Fakih was asked whether she thought birth control should be paid for by health insurance, and she said she believed it should because it’s costly.

Fakih replaces Miss USA 2009 Kristen Dalton and won a spot representing the United States this summer in the 2010 Miss Universe pageant. She also gets a one-year lease in a New York apartment with living expenses, an undisclosed salary, and various health, professional and beauty services.