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lagu paling menjengkelkan

In berita pantas, dilema media on August 28, 2009 at 6:37 am

Majalah Rolling Stone ada membuat senarai lagu-lagu paling menjengkelkan. Haha.. cubalah dengar. Klik sini jika mahu baca penuh.

20 lagu paling menjengkelkan pilihan Rolling Stone.

1. Black Eyed Peas, “My Humps”
2. Los Del Rio, “Macarena”
3. Baha Men, “Who Let The Dogs Out”
4. Celine Dion, “My Heart Will Go On”
5. Nickelback, “Photograph”
6. Lou Bega, “Mambo No. 5″
7. James Blunt, “You’re Beautiful”
8. Spice Girls, “Wannabe”
9. Sisqo, “The Thong Song”
10. Cher, “Believe”
11. Aqua, “Barbie Girl”
12. Chumbawumba, “Tub Thumper”
13. Rednex, “Cotton-Eyed Joe”
14. Eiffel 65, “Blue”
15. Crash Test Dummies, “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm”
16. Meatloaf, “I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)”
17. ‘NSYNC, “Bye, Bye, Bye”
18. Ricky Martin, “Livin’ La Vida Loca”
19. Semisonic, “Closing Time”
20. Wham!, “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”

perez hilton aka mario armando lavandeira vs industri muzik terkini

In dilema media, dilema muzik, ide on August 14, 2009 at 3:41 am

Satu artikel menarik, ini dipetik dari Lefsetz Letter

CocoPerez.com
My first reaction was how far we’ve come.
In the sixties and seventies, music ruled the world, if you were a kid and wanted to know what was going on, you put on a record.  And if you couldn’t afford the record, you turned on the radio, which rather than being beholden to the corporation, seemed to be tailor-made for you, with news that you were interested in, songs that piqued your curiosity and deejays that were your best friend.
Today, radio is filled with twenty plus minutes of commercials and songs that are tested to ensure that what you heard before is what you continue to get, we live in a lowest-common denominator world where you’re subjected to the crap the uninformed, casual users desire, and for this reason you tune out.
As for the man.  Today’s musicians EMBRACE THE MAN!  How can we tour without him?  We love money!  It started out as an urban thing, the underclass loving to rip off corporations, now all musicians want that big label money, and even better, that Target/Wal-Mart money and that Coke and Pepsi money!  Isn’t it interesting that music tanked the first time, in the late seventies, when it became codified and played to the masses, with the band members wearing outfits, and rock declined a second time, in the MTV era, when supposed hard rock bands sang ballads in the hair band era.  Rock and roll sold its soul.
And what seems to have replaced it is fashion.
Huh?
Doesn’t matter how well Duane Allman plays the guitar, WHAT IS HE WEARING?  We’ve got “Fashion Rocks”, what a load of crap that is, and all the supposed “rock stars” getting excited about Fashion Week, trying to sit in the very first row.  And  you wonder why mainstream music is in trouble.  Yes, we’re experiencing an under the radar renaissance, bands who are about music, but the mainstream is a vast wasteland.
Where Perez is very powerful.
My second reaction is the fashion business should be VERY scared.
The fashion business is just like the music business used to be, where you don’t offend Doug Morris or Jimmy Iovine for fear of your career. Anna Wintour rules.  Everybody kisses her butt.  But not Perez.
CocoPerez.com is the Napster of the fashion industry.  Well, not exactly, no one’s stealing product, but those who’ve ruled in the past need to be very afraid.
This is the power of the Internet.  And this is a power ALL of old media just can’t get over.  They want to complain to each other, getting ink in their respective publications, they want to testify in Congress, they want these upstarts STOPPED!
But if you don’t know the lunatics have taken over the asylum, you’d better be auguring for retirement, because your days are just about DONE!
Today there’s a site online, written by a fan, with more expertise than almost any reporter, with constant updates to boot.  A newspaper reporter does research, covers his beat.  I know, because they call me.  Most of the time I end up explaining to them how it works, like with Ticketmaster, how it’s a cover-up for greedy acts.  But those writing the blogs, they know this shit, because they do it EVERY DAY! They LIVE IT!
How many people are interested in fashion?  Not as many as care about gossip.  Still, tons. Just ask your teenage son or daughter.  Yes, boys care about what they wear too.  So, there is a market here for Perez.
Can he maintain two sites?  Can he be the king of all online media?  Possibly, but you can only do one or two things well.
But Mario Lavandeira, the real Perez, certainly knows how to run a website.  CocoPerez launched today with SIX pages of data, and a clean interface.  Shit, no one at a label has even figured out how to create a clean-looking site, and all their bands employ Flash, ensuring that people won’t return constantly, who’s got the time?  Ever notice that the most popular sites, like the HuffingtonPost and TMZ and Perez, use NO Flash?  Think about that.  And think that what people want most is data.  So, if you’re not supplying it on a regular basis, people are not coming back.
I don’t give a shit about fashion.  But if you’re interested in instant bucks, courting the people who open their wallets, you do.  If you’re mesmerized by big sales numbers, you care about Lady GaGa, who is Perez’s BFF.  Hell, he plays her song in the video that launches his site. And Perez makes videos on a regular basis.  They’re not PRODUCTIONS, that cost a fortune and are made for the old market, they’re YouTube expositions, one camera, including warts and all, that’s the new video.
Pay attention here.  Perez may crash and burn, but he’s more innovative than the mainstream acts.  And he realizes that to be successful, just like in the sixties and seventies, you can’t play the game, you have to appear independent, of your own mind, making your own decisions, as opposed to today’s music “stars” who won’t even give an opinion on their favorite breakfast cereal for fear of pissing off a potential sponsor down the line.

CocoPerez.com

My first reaction was how far we’ve come.

In the sixties and seventies, music ruled the world, if you were a kid and wanted to know what was going on, you put on a record.  And if you couldn’t afford the record, you turned on the radio, which rather than being beholden to the corporation, seemed to be tailor-made for you, with news that you were interested in, songs that piqued your curiosity and deejays that were your best friend.

Today, radio is filled with twenty plus minutes of commercials and songs that are tested to ensure that what you heard before is what you continue to get, we live in a lowest-common denominator world where you’re subjected to the crap the uninformed, casual users desire, and for this reason you tune out.

As for the man.  Today’s musicians EMBRACE THE MAN!  How can we tour without him?  We love money!  It started out as an urban thing, the underclass loving to rip off corporations, now all musicians want that big label money, and even better, that Target/Wal-Mart money and that Coke and Pepsi money!  Isn’t it interesting that music tanked the first time, in the late seventies, when it became codified and played to the masses, with the band members wearing outfits, and rock declined a second time, in the MTV era, when supposed hard rock bands sang ballads in the hair band era.  Rock and roll sold its soul.

And what seems to have replaced it is fashion.

Huh?

Doesn’t matter how well Duane Allman plays the guitar, WHAT IS HE WEARING?  We’ve got “Fashion Rocks”, what a load of crap that is, and all the supposed “rock stars” getting excited about Fashion Week, trying to sit in the very first row.  And  you wonder why mainstream music is in trouble.  Yes, we’re experiencing an under the radar renaissance, bands who are about music, but the mainstream is a vast wasteland.

Where Perez is very powerful.

My second reaction is the fashion business should be VERY scared.

The fashion business is just like the music business used to be, where you don’t offend Doug Morris or Jimmy Iovine for fear of your career. Anna Wintour rules.  Everybody kisses her butt.  But not Perez.

CocoPerez.com is the Napster of the fashion industry.  Well, not exactly, no one’s stealing product, but those who’ve ruled in the past need to be very afraid.

This is the power of the Internet.  And this is a power ALL of old media just can’t get over.  They want to complain to each other, getting ink in their respective publications, they want to testify in Congress, they want these upstarts STOPPED!

But if you don’t know the lunatics have taken over the asylum, you’d better be auguring for retirement, because your days are just about DONE!

Today there’s a site online, written by a fan, with more expertise than almost any reporter, with constant updates to boot.  A newspaper reporter does research, covers his beat.  I know, because they call me.  Most of the time I end up explaining to them how it works, like with Ticketmaster, how it’s a cover-up for greedy acts.  But those writing the blogs, they know this shit, because they do it EVERY DAY! They LIVE IT!

How many people are interested in fashion?  Not as many as care about gossip.  Still, tons. Just ask your teenage son or daughter.  Yes, boys care about what they wear too.  So, there is a market here for Perez.

Can he maintain two sites?  Can he be the king of all online media?  Possibly, but you can only do one or two things well.

But Mario Lavandeira, the real Perez, certainly knows how to run a website.  CocoPerez launched today with SIX pages of data, and a clean interface.  Shit, no one at a label has even figured out how to create a clean-looking site, and all their bands employ Flash, ensuring that people won’t return constantly, who’s got the time?  Ever notice that the most popular sites, like the HuffingtonPost and TMZ and Perez, use NO Flash?  Think about that.  And think that what people want most is data.  So, if you’re not supplying it on a regular basis, people are not coming back.

I don’t give a shit about fashion.  But if you’re interested in instant bucks, courting the people who open their wallets, you do.  If you’re mesmerized by big sales numbers, you care about Lady GaGa, who is Perez’s BFF.  Hell, he plays her song in the video that launches his site. And Perez makes videos on a regular basis.  They’re not PRODUCTIONS, that cost a fortune and are made for the old market, they’re YouTube expositions, one camera, including warts and all, that’s the new video.

Pay attention here.  Perez may crash and burn, but he’s more innovative than the mainstream acts.  And he realizes that to be successful, just like in the sixties and seventies, you can’t play the game, you have to appear independent, of your own mind, making your own decisions, as opposed to today’s music “stars” who won’t even give an opinion on their favorite breakfast cereal for fear of pissing off a potential sponsor down the line.

mengapa kita suka muzik

In dilema media, dilema muzik on December 24, 2008 at 5:33 am

Tajuk di atas ialah terjemahan terus daripada ‘kulit’ terbaru majalah The Economist (20 Disember 2008 – 5 Januari 2009).  Saya cukup-cukup teruja.

economist20dec

Beberapa ketika dulu, saya merasa tepu dengan persekitaran muzik yang saya alami. Saya bersama majalah ROTTW kurang lebih setahun (2004-2005) dan menulis tentang muzik. Atas tiket itu, saya bertandang ke banyak acara muzik yang pernah anda fikirkan- baik dari arus perdana ataupun golongan yang bersifat anti-establisment –  dan berjumpa dengan banyak jenis manusia yang katanya dari kelompok muzik yang cukup-cukup faham dengan semua ini. Untuk satu tempoh yang singkat saja, saya jadi menyampah.

Saya mula bertanya soalan-soalan yang berbeza dengan apa yang selalu saya ajukan kepada orang yang ditemubual. Baik mereka yang menggelar diri penyanyi, artis, komposer dan penulis lirik, saya jarang berjumpa dengan jawapan yang memuaskan hati dan matang. Kebanyakannya jawapan asal boleh. Ini telah menyebabkan saya di bawah sedar telah membuat suatu asumsi yang agak negatif – mereka ini (walaupun bukan semua) tidak faham apa yang sedang mereka buat. Dan itu lagilah tidak membantu saya untuk menyelami subjek muzik itu sendiri – kerana saya bukan siapa-siapa dalam arena berkenaan.

Saya beri contoh di sini. Misalkan soalan ini yang diajukan; “Muzik itu apa?” Jawapan standard yang akan kedengaran hingga hari ini ialah; “Muzik ialah platform untuk meluahkan perasaan,” atau “muzik bagi saya adalah hiburan” atau “muzik itu subjektif” dan bla…bla…bla.

Ya, kita semua tahu hal itu. Tetapi lama kelamaan saya  lekas bosan dengan jawapan yang hampir sama ini. Tambah melemaskan ialah jawapan-jawapan ini datangnya dari penggiat-penggiat muzik itu sendiri. Masing-masing dengan ego tersendiri.

Saya mula berjalan sendiri. Bertanya soalan dan mencari jawapan sendiri – saya malas bertanya kepada orang kerana situasi seperti yang diceritakan tadi akan terus berulang – dan saya belum berjumpa orang yang betul. Kita sudah kebas dengan penjelasan yang tak masak dan cetek. Kita mahu dengar perkara yang akan membuatkan kita terlopong dan menghormati mereka.

Maka dengan itu, saya membaca. Saya membaca – antaranya – mengapa The Beatles itu hebat. Mengapa Kurt Cobain, walaupun banyak yang mencemuh tetap menjadi ikon. Apa yang bersarang di dalam otaknya sehingga dia mahu mengambil nyawa sendiri? Juga, mengapa muzik Barat begitu dekat dengan masyarakat mereka dan bila pemuzik tempatan mula menulis lagu, mereka juga mahu menjadi seperti orang Barat – memukul canang perkara-perkara yang tidak dekat pun dengan diri kita. Atas sebab itu saya rasakan tema cinta mudah untuk didagangkan di mana-mana.

Saya dahagakan tulisan-tulisan yang sentiasa memberi dimensi baru kepada pemahaman saya. Bukan untuk berlagak, tetapi untuk kepuasan sendiri. ROTTW kini juga semakin jauh daripada apa yang saya bayangkan ia sepatutnya jadi. Dengan nama dan kapasitinya yang ada, saya rasa sedih membaca majalah itu sekarang. Ia sepatutnya membesar dan matang bersama usia dan dengan repertoire yang dibina, ia sepatutnya menjana proses argumentasi yang lebih tinggi dan memaparkan perbincangan muzik yang lebih serius. Kini, pada kebanyakan muka suratnya saya rasakan ia sudah bertukar kepada majalah ‘berita’ muzik semata-mata – tidak lebih dari itu. Entahlah.

Berbalik kepada The Economist terbaru ini. Ia bagi saya menganjakkan lagi dimensi pemahaman saya. Ada tulisan yang membincangkan muzik dari aspek sosiologi, sejarah kontemporari, psikologi dan sains – sesuatu yang kita susah nak jumpa di dalam penerbitan tempatan. Carilah, bacalah jika kamu rasa kosong dengan ruang muzik dalam hati. Tetapi, jika kamu dari jenis yang hype, selalu merasakan diri sudah cerdik, teruskan berseronok dan meulis lagu-lagu yang memfotostat Barat – dengan lirik-liriknya sekali dan segala macam sudut yang ada.

Kita baralih ke hal lain tantang majalah ini. Di dalam isu ini, saya rasa masalah dan ketakutan kita semakin melampau-lampau. Dua imej yang terdapat di dalamnya (pada muka surat 51 dan 129) di sensor. Saya syak ia dilakukan oleh pengedar utama di sini. Cara sensornya juga macam tahi – menggunakan pen marker hitam dan diconteng untuk menutupi bahagian yang kononya sensitive. Inilah masalah kita, langsung tidak yakin untuk berkembang dan matang – masih ada yang mahu mengawal semuanya. Apa yang kamu patut baca, patut makan dan patut tahu dikawal oleh pihak-pihak tertentu. Kita di negara mana sekarang ? Komunis?

Apa pun saya sertakan juga dua imejan yang disensor itu di sini untuk tatapan kamu. Saya masih berjalan untuk memahami perkara yang saya suka – muzik. Jadi, mari berjalan bersama-sama ke tempat yang lebih terang tanpa perlu kita marah-marah.

economist-pg51Foto dari muka 51. Yang disensor ialah tulisan Arab pada papan biru di antara orang ini. Kamu rasa kenapa perlu diselindungkan ya? – Dari kolum Asia.

economist-pg129Imej dari muka 129. Apa yang sensitif sangat dengan imej ini? Boleh jelaskan? – Dari artikel Darwinism.

* Juga, pergi jumpa pelacur.

Hafiz Hamzah / 24 disember 2008

album terbaik 2008 pilihan rolling stone

In band, berita pantas, dilema media, rebiu album, ulas on December 13, 2008 at 3:17 am

Senarai album terbaik 2008 telah keluar dari majalah muzik paling estetik Rolling Stone. Sila rujuk di sini jika mahu menilaikannya dan mahu muhasabah diri tentang dunia muzik paling terkini. BB King dengan album kegilaan aku One Kind Favor (2008) jatuh nombor 17 manakala album yang aku tak pernah rasa nak dengar, Gun’s And Roses (Chinese Democracy) jatuh nombor 12. Not bad at all, Axl!

bbking

Seperti biasa, seperti yang aku jangka RS akan tetap mengagung Bob Dylan, menyembah Beck dan macam tak ikhlas, memberi kredit kepada Coldplay. Bagaimanapun, senarai ini patut dirujuk juga bersama senarai ‘terbaik’ lain seperti majalah SPIN dan yang pastinya TIMES.

RAWKCARPARK tidak akan mengeluarkan apa-apa senarai kerana aku hanya mendengar yang sudah-sudah  (lagu La Obe – The Swallows sudah lebih 10 kali berulang-ulang berkumandang di headphone). Sila beri tunjuk ajar! SEIR

ini cerita sensasi, mari baca, mari nonton, mari mundur!

In dilema media, dilema muzik, ide on November 17, 2008 at 7:51 am

Pengenalan

Walaupun aku sudah lama tidak terbabit dalam dunia muzik dan hiburan (terma paling aku tak suka nak guna), kadangkala sempat juga aku menonton Melodi dan membaca akhbar atau menerawang laman-laman maya yang lebih bebas bercerita. Tetapi kadangkala, laman blog ini hanya memutarkan kembali berita yang sama, dipaut dengan blog lain, yang akhirnya berakhir di Youtube. 

SENSASI kini menjadi wadah utama apa yang dikatakan hiburan sekarang. Walaupun budaya ini sudah sekian lama menjadi darah daging pemuzik, pelakon dan penyanyi, lega rasanya barah ini tidak membabitkan pula golongan pelukis, penulis ataupun penyajak tanahair, mahupun aktivis sosial/politik. Ia sudah lama beranak-pinak sejak dari zaman Kak Bam, Mama Juwie, Huzz dan dimakmurkan lagi dengan wartawan terkini seperti Nas Ahmad, Zubir, Michelle dan ramai lagi (maaf tak dapat menyebut kesemuanya, jangan kecil hati, ya?)

Jika kita melihat dari luar, kita mungkin terdorong untuk menyalahkan orang, samada wartawan, editor ataupun aktivis seni itu sendiri.  Sebagaimana yang terbiasa kita lakukan, kita selalu membuat pengadilan dengan melihat sesuatu dari atas kertas, atas skrin dan suasana persekitaran kita. Bagaimana kalau kita lihat semua itu dari dalam, dari asal perbuatan itu sendiri berlaku? 

Sekadar gambar hiasan

SENSASI

Asal Sensasi

Pada firasat aku, SENSASI semuanya berasal dari gerak hati kita untuk mengetahui. Sepertimana yang dipetik dari Wikipedia, In psychology, sensation is the first stage in the biochemical and neurologic events that begins with the impinging of a stimulus upon the receptor cells of a sensory organ, which then leads to perception, the mental state that is reflected in statements like “I see a uniformly blue wall.” In other words, sensations are the first stages in the functioning of senses. Yeah!

Hampir kesemua kita dipaparkan dengan budaya pop setiap hari. Budaya popular ini ialah racun yang menyirami minda mengenai kecantikan, kemahsyuran, kemanisan serta lebih banyak elemen kulit yang berkilat-kemilauan berbanding isinya yang kadangkala busuk dan buruk.

Media massa ialah medium utama. Diulang semula, media massa ialah medium utama!

Jadi, apa yang membentuk isi editorial dan mentafsirkan terma hiburan itu ialah media-media utama ini. Dan mereka telah menjalankan kerja yang tidak seimbang apabila membincangkan tentang budaya popular ini selama berdekad-dekad lamanya, sejak zaman P. Ramlee aku rasa.

Jika kita lihat akhbar utama kini, seni bukan wadah utama, melainkan satu segmen yang disensasikan dengan wajah-wajah cantik dan ayu wanita muda dengan gaya tertentu. Dengkelnya pandangan kita, pasti tertarik untuk membacanya dahulu berbanding helaian akhbar yang lain. Itu tanya nafsu sendiri lah!

Jarang sekali cerita mengenai seni muzik, filem atau lukisan terpampang di muka surat depan kecualilah ada cerita aktivis seni yang berkahwin di KLCC ataupun di Indonesia. Muka depan hanya layak untuk cerita sensasi sebegitu sahaja.

Konsep ‘pecah dan perintah’ bukan sahaja layak disalahkan untuk penjajah British sahaja tetapi ia sebenarnya sudah lama dipraktikkan oleh media-media utama negara, sejak kita lahir lagi.

Oleh kerana ‘hiburan’ dan ‘seni’ telah dipisahkan dan disegmenkan, maka lahirlah wartawan yang mempunyai minat untuk membuat pengkhususan dalam bidang ini. Oleh kerana sambutan terhadap nilai-nilai sensasi ini tinggi, kerjaya dalam bidang ini amat menyeronokkan dan mengujakan, sudah tentu kepada pemberita serta kepada pembaca.

Kadangkala nilai-nilai sentimen akan mencemarkan etika dan tahap professional mereka, dan masyarakat terus menerus ghairah dan dahaga dengan sensasi.

Bagi pemberita, ruang lingkup sensasi itu tiada batasnya kerana tiada undang-undang yang tertulis di mana hadnya. Ia hanya terletak atas dasar kemanusian, kejiranan serta kuasa editor mereka, yang juga sebenarnya agak bebas.

Jika ada kejadian yang membuatkan mereka didorong kemarahan kerana (contohnya) tidak diberi layanan sepatutnya, mereka akan menggunakan media sebagai satu aksi ‘retaliation’ atau serang balik, khas kerana meraka mempunyai kelebihan yang cukup hebat itu. Oleh kerana emosi sebeginilah yang menghasilkan lebih banyak sensasi, lantas mengetepikan dan meminggirkan lagi konsep seni sebenar yang lahiriahnya luhur, bersih dan suci.

Cadangan

Walaupun ini bukan satu kertas kerja, cadangan ekstrim aku ialah membubarkan kembali format akhbar/TV kita sekarang dan merevolusikan bacaan bahan seni supaya tidak diperkecilkan berbanding hiburan. Hal-hal seni yang serius harus dikupas dengan dalam serta diberi ruang yang setimpal, sama atau lebih peratusannya dari aspek sensasi dan hiburan. Perlu lebih ramai Ku Seman Ku Hussein berbanding Nas Ahmad dan Huzz dalam media massa sekarang dan akan datang.

Jika kita mahu terus mundur dalam bidang seni, teruskanlah membaca dan menonton cerita-cerita sebegini dan terus dahagakannya sampai bila-bila. Justeru jika mahu maju pula, terus baca dan tonton semua bahan sensasi ini, tetapi bacalah benda-benda yang kritikal dan ilmiah yang lain dengan peratusan lebih banyak. Cara paling bijak, cepat minta kerja wartawan sekarang.

Baca juga tulisan blog Saniboey berkaitan di sini

SEIR

Dream Theater @ Singapore: The January Bashing

In anekdot, band, dilema media, new music, The SEVEN weekly, ulas on April 8, 2008 at 1:17 am

Walaupun Dream Theater sudah bermain di Singapore pada Januari lalu, sedikit rangkuman pengalaman dari Ellary di sini bolehlah dijadikan imbasan kembali persembahan yang mungkin sukar dibuat di Malaysia. EDITOR

A rocking chaos in Singapore..

Place : Fort Canning Park, Singapore

Tour : Chaos in Motion – Asian Tour by Dream Theater

Date : 17th January 2008

Time : 8.00 pm

I was not a fan of Dream Theater previously. I knew the band in 1998 but they did not turn on my interest to listen their “ordinary materials” like Metallica and Nirvana. But my perception went wrong when my college-mate playing the DT – Live in New York concert (after the album of Scenes from A Memory released) on his PC. I had a jaw-dropping moment after watching their mind-boggling playings. The fact is – this band has attracted me to watch its second concert in Singapore, which I assume this is my first time experience of watching an international concert out of Malaysia. It is one of the best rock shows I’ve ever seen!!. Crazy enuff? Yes, I had to take a trip down to Singapore from Kuala Lumpur and it was worth it. Listening to DTs music on the album is just great, but seeing them live is the best thing in the world!

The show kicked off at 8.00pm SHARP!! I had been standing in front of the barricade since 7.00pm. The moment the lights went down the place went nuts!!! DT started off the show in the best possible way. The first song was Constant Motion. Throughout the 2 hour show, the band mostly played songs from the latest album “Systematic Chaos” such as The Ministry of Lost Souls (we crowd sang the riffs!!), Prophets of War, The Dark Eternal Night, In The Presence of Enemies Pt 2. It was an exhilarating experience to see four of the most respected and technically advanced musicians — John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, John Myung, and Jordan Rudess to show theirs unlimited mind-boggling musical techniques to tantalizing the fans. They kept us all captivated with genius virtuoso skills and rocking out the fans with their vibrant and powerful live show. Every single member of the band was in top form, Mike especially – and that new kit is absolutely astounding! I always thought he was the best drummer in the world, now it has been confirmed! It was very nice to see Jordan in front doing some keyboard vs guitar war solos with John Petrucci. It was awe-inspiring and I was stoked!

In the middle of the concert, the rain started to fall but it did not last longer. The crowd was simply awesome; we sang and cheered with the band throughout most of the songs (the exceptions being – obviously – the songs from Systematic Chaos, which most of the fans didn’t know by heart yet because it was just released last year). Finally we had the awesome Medley for the encore of Trial of Tears, Finally Free, Learning to Live and I forgot the rest lah… Sorry for not being able to provide a set list here as I hardly remember the sequence of the songs.

All in all, great night, great band, and great bunch of people I met!! Great set list (even my fave songs were not played though), great light show, great showmanship and nice cartoon displayed. Funny enough, Mike is the man behind the making of the cartoon production. We fans were silent for a while to watch it instead of seeing the band! I cannot rave enough about how amazing this show was. It was the experience of a lifetime, and I can’t wait to see them again Once again, just an incredible show! Dream Theater rocks the fans and they really put us in a chaos state of mind…

Ellary Petrucci

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