People call you by your stage name or online handle
You start a Facebook Page
You change your Facebook name so people can’t find your personal profile
Your personal profile disappears from Facebook
Your Whatsapp profile appears to be someone else so we can’t be sure if you’ve changed your number
I am both happy and sad for Talitha Tan, for having achieved Stage 5 in what feels like a speedrun but was in fact a few years. Could this blog post be written with more stages? Sure, but I have no friends who have gone past Stage 5 so I have no idea what comes next. I guess I’ll have to follow her new Facebook page (which I have no idea if it is legit or not), or something, to find out.
A new structure, a big tent to house the food trucks and tired rockers!
Up on the big Main Stage…
…was Republic Of Brickfields!
You’ll all know it from Aru.
Slyde emcees for the Acoustic Stage.
…out of a box…
…from the likes of…
Most shots with the Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 135mm F1.8 ZA.
David who I’d not seen on guitar for a long time.
It was good ol’ singalong time.
Kids enjoying themselves.
Rest and relax. This tent was the best idea ever, as it usually rains at Rock The World and everyone runs to the hills. Well no, not really.
Joined by a full band!
Eu Gene on ukulele bass!
I took a break and had myself one of these Pau Mushroom Viral Putrajaya. Filled with a chicken-mushroom paste, it was actually really, really delicious. Don’t be fooled by its hipster food look, it’s really awesome!
Color mosh time!
Cool Tarik T-shirt!
Jimmy with Jack watching behind.
Look ma I can reach behind my back to hold my bass…
Jack and his scalloped Telecaster.
High energy rock and roll!
They were throwing out free shoes. Box included.
Emcee Big for the Main Stage!
Back at the acoustic stage…
…which you might be able to discern from the different background.
No restraint in rocking on stage!
Wei bro lama tak jumpa!
Love it when the band visits the lonely drummer at the back.
They had quite an ardent fanbase!
The vocalist jumps in.
I like photographing them when they kneel down.
I’ve never noticed this before.
What a sofa was doing there, I don’t know.
Big, big band.
Some familiar faces.
Plague Of Happiness, another big band.
Retro surf pop yeh yeh!
More rock and roll.
They have too much fun on stage.
Wearing Beatles influences on their sleeves and straps.
Good ol’ skins.
Portaloo queue. This was hilarious! One guy appeared to be impatient and wanted to cut queue, but his friend stopped him. He eventually broke free and instead of going to the toilet, he entered an opening to the bushes behind where a few guys were peeing in the bushes. He shouted, “JAKIM! Apa buat di sini?” A bunch of us laughed loudly!
I love their Opeth-like introduction.
It then goes into some super heavy death metal.
Five strings for more bass.
They have the instruments to suit their retro sound.
The night was a tribute to rock legends who have since passed on. As such, they covered stuff like Queen – Stone Cold Crazy and Iron Maiden – Aces High.
There was also this awesome medley of Pantera – Cemetery Gates and Metallica – Master Of Puppets. Particularly notable since I didn’t get to see a Dimebag Darrell tribute ever since he got shot on stage years back.
Velan, boss of the venue, BullsEye Pub.
Outside, posters by the organizer, Zazz Productions, adorned the doors.
It was also Zazz’s first birthday.
I whisked over to The Bee…
…for a little drum and bass.
No really it’s Tasha Aleia who slays in leather while adding R to The Bee to make R&B!
She brought up a friend, Aalex.
Meanwhile, back at BullsEye…
Rock and roll with Temjin!
They strictly stuck to the theme of tributes, which I think Rafique Rashid, if he was seeing this, would approve of. Nearly 4 years ago, he got angry that Temjin played their own rock and roll stuff after covering Pink Floyd at a Pink Floyd tribute gig.
They did Gary Moore – Still Got The Blues, complete with all the solos!
They also did a regular cover – the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers theme song, Aaron Waters – Go Go Power Rangers. Aaron Waters is really just Ron Wasserman, who is still alive. He also wrote the X-Men cartoon theme song, which explains why it sticks so well! I say it still counts as a tribute since Thuy Trang (Trini Kwan or the Yellow Ranger) has passed away.
Cats In Love end the night.
The younger cats.
Lohan channels Pete Townshend (though I don’t remember them doing a tribute to The Who.) They did, however, cover Stone Temple Pilots – Plush and a few David Bowie songs.
They also covered Cream – Badge. It is thanks to this exact bassline, on a fretless bass, that drove me to get off a bus and buy an acoustic fretless bass. Rest in peace, Jack Bruce – you showed us how to rock and roll with a fretless.
Sadly, BullsEye Pub is closing! They are going to have a farewell gig.
What: The Curtain Call: BullsEye’s Final Farewell Where: BullsEye Pub & Restaurant, D2-G4-03, Solaris Dutamas, PUBLIKA, No.1 Jalan Dutamas 1, 50480 Kuala Lumpur When: 10pm Saturday 25th June 2016 Who: Pseudo Crescendo, Djezna’s Stalker, Infiltrate, Deumuseth, Wicked Garden How Much: Free entrance!