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You know a legend when you see it. And if you've seen Aerosmith, you'd have understood what a legend truly represents. I have to honestly admit I didn't expect much from this gig but something told me i just had to catch one of America's greatest rock n roll bands and boy was I in for a treat!
It was the third time Santana graced our tiny island but it was my first time seeing him and his wonderful team of band mates in action. Well known for pioneering rock, latin music and jazz fusion since the 1960s, the composition of his music just blew me away. The tunes that were familiar to me were just Black Magic Woman, Oye Como Va, Maria Maria and Smooth.
At any one time, there were around 10 band members on stage, including the drums, timbales, congas, trombone, trumpet, bass, guitars, keyboard, vocals etc. The wonderful layering of 3 percussions topped by melody from the wind instruments, the keyboard, vocals and most importantly, the guitar lines from Carlos Santana himself.
First thing that impressed the concert-goers was the choice of venue. The Meadow at Gardens by the Bay was much larger than Fort Canning Park and had more spaces to spread out and explore. I scoped out the place early to have a look around before the first act came on stage. Being a vegetarian, I wasn't disappointed with the choice of F&B vendors (there were salads and falafel wraps, and even a bakery). The beer of choice was Heineken, and there were water stations for $5 a pop.
Date: 27th Dec 2012
Band: Zsa + Claire + Charmaine
So we haven't covered live bars in a long time! Time to get our butts moving again so here's our take on a live bar with one of the most unique concepts in the island, Beer Market.
Sting is back in Singapore! And this time to belt out his top hits, including popular titles by The Police.
The night took a romantic turn at the playing of Fields of Gold, with many couples turning to each other to dance and kiss. Cleverly engaging the crowd with the interactive song Heavy Cloud No Rain, they went on to play Message in a Bottle and Shape of My Heart, Wrapped Around Your Finger and De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da, followed by an amazing instrumental piece to feature each band member; on keyboard David Sancious, on violin Peter Tickell (who dominated the spectacle with his solo, almost physically driving Sting himself off the stage), and on drums Vinnie Colaiuta. Not forgetting backing vocals Jo Lawry, who stole the show during The Hounds of Winter with her haunting voice.
But the best part of the show was definitely Roxanne. Guitarist Dominic Miller responded to Sting's "now what?" with a teasing intro of the song, bringing the entire stadium to their feet, and everyone shouting "ROXANNE" in the heightened excitement. Lasting a near 10 minutes, the crowd stomped their feet to demand three full encores of Desert Rose, King of Pain and Every Breath You Take (1st encore), Next to You (2nd encore), and Fragile (3rd encore).
The crowd only consented to leave when Sting promised "we'll be back!"
The crowd started to gather early at 5pm, and by 7pm Fort Canning Park was teeming with eager fans. With the very aptly chosen songs by the "opening DJ act" of mostly trip hop hits, everyone eagerly waited for Sigur Rós's appearance at 9pm on the damp grass underneath an appropriate overcast sky.
The band took to the stage on time, and performed Lagið Í Gær to kickstart the concert. The crowd was treated to a whirlpool of beautiful songs from all their albums, the most anticipated ones being the haunting Svefn-g-englar, Hoppípolla and Olsen Olsen. It was both an audio and visual treat, with the effects of the stage lights, haze machine and pretty glowing bulbs situated on the stage itself, perfectly synchronised to their songs. Frontman and vocalist Jónsi, and drummer Orri Páll Dýrason siezed the crowd's focus with their incredible performances.
Official setlist can be found here: http://instagram.com/p/SYRv5-zLtY/
The highlight though was their two-song encore of Ekki Múkk and Popplagið. Both band and fans were treated to a blessing of rain amidst the two songs. Jónsi went wild with the crowd and closed the concert on a massive high, the only acceptable way to end the night.
We're giving away 1x Rick Price bundle:
1. 1 pair of tickets to Rick Price Live in Singapore (7th Dec 2012)
2. Rick Price "Revisited" Album
- Not a Day Goes By
- River of Love
- Walk Away Renee
- Bridge Buildin' Man
- Tenterfield Saddler
- What's Wrong With That Girl
- To Be With You
- Heaven Knows
- Church on Fire
- You're Never Alone
- Love Never Dies
- The Water's Edge
- I've Got It Good
- Shape of My Heart
- I'm Coming Home
- Killin' The Blues
- It Starts With A Kiss
- When I Fell For You
- The Last Goodbye
Both of these albums are not readily available in Singapore so good luck!
All you have to do is to RSVP by 31 Oct 12, 6pm, on this event page: http://www.live4music.com.sg/events/profile/651
Winner will be contacted via private message on Live4MusiC.
All the best!
Central Singapore CDC together with Ang Mo Kio GRC and Sengkang West YECs are organising a youth outreach event that aims to encourage youth volunteerism. One highlight is our first ever online contest called “GET OUT! 2012 People’s Band Competition” where bands have a chance to win attractive prizes and cut their own studio single. If you know of any friends or interest groups who are in a band, simply visit our Facebook or Website and “share” GET OUT! 2012 with them!
Most importantly, we want to invite YOU to GET OUT! and join us at Marina Bay. You can expect an evening of fun where an audio mob, flea market, food kiosks and live performances awaits you. There will also be free Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, while stocks last!Thank you and we hope to see you there!
As some of you might have known or haven't known, I happen to have the privilege to play in Assault! And I just want to express my gratitude to Cynical Sounds for inviting us to play and for all the fans who came down early to catch our set!