Monthly Archives: August 2013

Metallikuala Lumpur!

I’m back from Metallica live in Stadium Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur! They had the two-layer stage with incorporated screen, obviously brought for their tour. It’s the one you know with the upper stage having an acoustic guitar on a stand. You’ve seen the videos.

Notable instruments were Kirk’s many guitars:
1) Boris Karloff’s Mummy
2) 2014 LTD Kirk Hammett White Zombie
3) Gibson Les Paul Custom Black
4) Jackson Randy Rhoads RR1T with RR 1980 written on the guitar strap

I’ve mixed the official set list with my own notes.

Main Set

1. Hit the Lights
2. Master of Puppets
3. Fuel
4. Harvester of Sorrow

Kirk Hammett guitar solo

5. Fade to Black
6. Ride the Lightning
7. Cyanide

Robert Trujillo bass solo

8. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
9. Sad But True
10. Orion
11. One
12. For Whom the Bell Tolls
13. Blackened

Kirk Hammett guitar solo (sounding a bit like Motley Crue – Home Sweet Home)

14. Nothing Else Matters
15. Enter Sandman


16. Creeping Death
17. Battery
18. Seek & Destroy (ending with Through The Never riff)

So that makes, from albums, in order:
1. Kill ‘Em All (2)
2. Ride The Lightning (4)
3. Master Of Puppets (4)
4. …And Justice For All (3)
5. Metallica/The Black Album (3)
6. Load (0, yay!)
7. Reload (1)
8. St. Anger (0, yay!)
9. Death Magnetic (1)
10. Lulu (0, yay!)

I’ll also be catching them in Singapore on the 24th of August 2013, so I’ll be in Singapore from 22nd to 25th! Those of you who know my number and are down there, holla!

Another Gig In DoPPel

18th May 2012: Art Rock’s Night – A Pink Floyd Trip. Note the logos on the white wall.

This was my first time at DoPPel Kafe, at Central Market Annexe! This place used to be many things, including the famous Liquid Bar.

I came late, but managed to catch Offroads doing Time.

Temjin did Learning To Fly, but they also did their own rock and roll stuff. To which the venerable Rafique Rashid rose and said, “HEY! this was to be a Pink Floyd tribute gig!

He was not pleased. Neither was I. Yes, we like rock and roll, but when you do a tribute, you ideally stick to covering the band, or playing songs that sound like the band or have a similiar mood. (The least they could do to quantify this was to sound more like Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd.)

Yes, rock and roll.

Phlox did Echoes.

All shots with the Sony Alpha NEX-5, with the E-mount 16mm F2.8 pancake for the wide shots, and the Opteka 85mm F1.4 in A-mount (with the Sony LA-EA1 adapter) for the telephoto shots. Still, it was pretty dark, and I had to use ISO3200 and flash sometimes!

Rafil Elyas of Panda Head Curry, who did not play.

Pitahati soundchecked with Money, then starting with Arnold Layne, Another Brick In The Wall, and two of their own Pink Floyd-ish Malay songs. I remember noting their Big Muff and Korg sound. Also note the stage color, but this could be shuffled around!

Bonus blast from the past: 10th February 2010, when this place was Oh Malaya Cafe, a retro-themed place.

The outdoor lounge.

Moonshine, 17th May 2012

Moonshine: A Homemade Music Show, at The Bee, Publika! This was on the 17th of May 2012.

First act of the night was the hard-rocking FreeLoaders Inc..

All shots with the Sony Alpha 900 and Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 135mm F1.8 ZA.

Reza Salleh, organizer and emcee.

Zalila Lee has got the funky soul.

There is an undeniable technicality despite all this catchiness.

Ending the night was Once Upon A Time There Was A Sausage Named Bob!

Their music was a lot more emo than I remember them last.

A white SG with triple humbuckers! The look is so cool it’s like it could transform any moment.

Tough call between that and Jared’s Heritage Cherry Gibson SG.

I’ve just always had a thing for the Gibson SG so I took pictures of the band’s guitars and basses to be collated this way.

Wei Chen looking less emo.

Esty Richard and her powerful vocals.

She invited the guitarist from FreeLoaders Inc. to sing a song with her but first, number exchange. No, kidding – quick lyrics check.

Uh oh, treble from behind.

Come Together For Alda

13th May 2012: Come Together: A Fundraising Event In Support Of Our Local Musician Alda Tan, At Publika, Solaris Dutamas. Here’s the menu for an Alda-themed food stall.

The stall mentioned above.

Shots with the Sony Alpha 77, Sony Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 24mm F2.0 ZA SSM and Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 135mm F1.8 ZA.

Ming of Skyward.

Charis Ow of Skyward.


So I’m Jenn sings that she is not a metalhead. What more proof than to play it with a ukulele?

Douglas Lim, emcee for the outdoor stage.

Silent Scenery, now no more.

Emcee Slyde for the Black Box stage.

I can’t remember who he was playing for.

Free Loaders Inc. brings 90’s hard rock.

Ibrahim, who did a Bob Marley cover, among other things.

Outdoors a dance crew brought hip hop.

The Metaphor, post-rock.

Soundcheck at The Bee, Publika.

Ray Cheong, funky fingerstyle maestro.

Zack Yusof of Free Deserters.

Joneil is one heck of a beatboxer.

Lionel Goh is a photobomber.

Sheryl is not a photobomber. She is an enthusiastic vocalist for An Honest Mistake.

Danny, former band member, joins in for a little rap.

Then Joneil joins in.

Darren shows us guitar yoga.

Prema Yin got soul!

Joe Loy, on bass.

Nick Davis of Rosevelt.

Roshan and Izal, brothers in maggi mee hair!

Jin Hackman, who ran Raising The Bar with Alda.

Here’s another emcee.

Rozz (left) and Poova Plachciak.

Dragon Red‘s newer members – Camaro on bass and Brandon on guitar.

Adam, screamer, and his little buddy.

K-Town Clan brings Kajang crunk!

They featured Amil, Slyde and Adam of Dragon Red.

Janet, back at The Bee.

Fuad of the famous Kyoto Protocol.

Jamie Wilson, for Jason Lo.

Jason’s kids.

Jason Lo himself. He played his radio classics, which had everybody singing along!

Estranged, looking a bit different…

…but not as different as now-bald frontman Richael, also playing a guitar. An emotional point came when he admitted that the band never really found a permanent bassist ever since Alda left.

Izal, former bassist of One Buck Short, is now with supergroup Azenders.

Also featuring Sam of Bunkface.

One of the more fun drummers to watch – Ainol of Deja Voodoo Spells!

The RE10 of Rithan.

The custom-made amp sold by Rithan.

The hat-flying mind-blowing speed-breaking shredding of Rithan.

The cool shirt.

Standard pose of Meng, of hardcore band Love Me Butch.

Syahrul loves a crowd and the crowd loves him.

Cassandra, last band of the night and possibly the heaviest.

Deejay set.

More here:
Moonshine: A Fundraiser for Alda Tan
Rockafellas Come Together
Earth Hour 2012, Pray For Alda
What Do These Bands Have In Common?

Super Friends at Rum Jungle

10th May 2012: Super Friends, live at Rum Jungle!

CK, a good old buddy, invited me to shoot them.

Fretless bass!

She can sing!

As with all pub bands they did pub band repertoire, with the hits of the day – back then it was Adele. Today it would’ve been Ed Sheeran.

All shots with the A900 and Carl Zeiss 135mm F1.8.

This is the high-vibrancy, low-saturation look.

From upstairs.