Monday, February 26, 2007

Muse @ Stadium Negara, 25.2.07

Everyone was talking about the sold-out Muse Live in Malaysia. Last night it came and left us stunned for the band's energetic live performance.

Stadium Negara was the arena of love for Muse that night. I would prefer a smaller venue but as though I can make a choice. The door opened around 6.50pm. Some idiots ahead in the queue brought along their bags and delayed us. What people bring bags into mosh pit? Tempted to get your belongings crushed?

The official mnerchandise store was situated inside the stadium, which seemed unwise to me. It left the patrons no time to check out the goods, but rushing to grab themselves decent spots in the pitt. I felt a little cheated when I saw only red tapes setting the pitt and the rockzone apart. What a 'solid' barrier. Anyone would have guessed the red tapes wouldn't serve any function once the band shows up.

Almost into 9pm, all lights went off, Matt Bellamy, Dominic Howard, Chris Wolstenholme and the extra musician Morgan Nicholls kicked off the night with epic opener 'Knights of Cydonia'. From then, I was literally floating, my feet couldn't even touch the ground. And my mates who were next to me a minute ago got lost in sight. Everyone was sweating like pigs, I felt disgusted with the body odour, I kept my focus on the band nevertheless. Expectedly the band played quite some numbers from Black Holes and Revelations, there was still a fair share of songs from older albums. The crowd wre gripped by mass hysteria when the band followed with some fans favourites like 'Hysteria', 'Butterflies and Hurricanes', and 'Apocalypse Please'. But it was 'Plug In Baby' that got the crowd all hyped up, practically everyone was singing along. Radio-friendly 'Starlight' was another sing-along and hand-clapping session, but there was no laser green light as I expected. Instead, there were huge balloons bouncing over the crowd during 'Stockholm Syndrome'.

As usual, the spotlight was on the frontman. Matt was one charismatic multi-talented musician. He was sporting a bright red tracksuit (in the mood for Chinese New Year?), alternating between his guitar and piano. He didn't interact much with the audience, except some greetings between songs, but he serenaded the fans with strong musicianship. Credit to the exceptional good sound system, we were treated with perfectly executed solo and effect. Chris was doing his thing and providing mesmerizing back-up vocals. Dominic's drumming was tight and breathtaking. The band left the stage after playing 'New Born'. Shortly they came back with a 4-song encore. Matt asked the crowd to wave lighters and mobiles along the melancholic 'Soldier's Poem'. The night ended with the synthetic 'Take A Bow'.

Taken from Muse Messageboard

This setlist is taken from Muse Messageboard.


No complaint for the band. But I have some say for the camera man who was constantly blocking my view and snapshots. Also, the stage was so high that some people in front rows have to raise their heads. The organiser just wanted to cash out from the fans by setting up the pitt, which is no much difference from the cheaper rockzone, looked to me the seating plan was one big mess.

Some people claimed this is the best rock concert of the year, which makes me wonder what are they comparing this event to. Korean pop star or pop opera quartet? It is just the beginning of the year, I don't think it's right to make judgement so soon. Who knows Best Live Act 2006 might come?

A great show. But wouldn't top my 2006 highlight.


Saturday, February 24, 2007

San Francisco, Leeds and Glasgow


One of my favourite bands, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club will have their 4th album 'Baby 81' released in May 2007. So good, yet so underrated, this comes in my mind whenever I think of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. "666 Conducer" and "Weapon of Choice" are are two of tracks slated to appear on the new album.

666 Conducer
Weapon of Choice

Kaiser Chiefs

I have listened to Kaiser Chiefs second album, "Yours Truly, Angry Mob". Second album is always difficult especially when the first one sold more than few trucks and won plenty of awards. No more 'na na na naaa..', the tracks aren't as catchy as those on their critically acclaimed debut "Employment", they appeared to be much darker. Standout tracks include,

The Angry Mob
Love Is Not A Competition (But I'm Winning)

I have visitors from Glasgow (home of many great bands) during lunar new year. I have so many complaints for our record stores, but they seemed to enjoy shopping there, the main reason being the price was comparably low to them, costing barely £10. They stayed for only 7 days, yet it was so obvious that they could pick up the ugly fact that we are not that patriotic after all. I nearly went speechless when I was asked how come the people here do not support any local football teams, the best reason I could come up with was the teams here are simply too bad. Ahem, where is the high 'boleh' spirit or is it just a myth?


Sunday, February 04, 2007

After All These Years


I can't believe Daniel Johns is still in his 20s, it was like the band has been around for ages. In fact, they are really rock veterans for their music career spans over 11 years. The boys were only 15 when their debut 'Frogstomp' hit various charts and made Silverchair one of Australia’s most successful modern rock bands. Over the years, Silverchair has evolved from some angst-ridden grunge kids to more mature and sensible sound with a little experimental touch, for instance, the orchestral arrangements in their last album 'Diorama'. But that was 5 years ago, so we will never know what the band could possibly come back with. The band's fifth studio album Young Modern is set to be released on 31st March 2007. This is one exciting news, I am ready to open my ears. Then again, it's Silverchair, and judging from the first single 'Straight Lines', there could be some good stuff.

Silverchair -
Straight Lines

And, Travis has revealed the title and tracklisting for their fifth studio album. The album is not called 'Open' as speculated by fans, it is titled 'The Boy With No Name'.

Track listing:
"3 Times And You Lose"
"Selfish Jean"
"Closer" [
"Big Chair"
"Eyes Wide Open"
"My Eyes"
"One Night"
"Out In Space"
"New Amsterdam"