Hey Ho! We Rocked The Lagoon!Posted August 19th, 2009 At 11:38 am By MTV ASIA
TEXT: LENNAT MAK
I’m totally tempted to name this entry “I was backstage at MTV World Stage and all I got was this lousy photo.”
And well, here’s the story, morning glory. I flew in on Tuesday afternoon to KL and broke my phone the very next day. Like, there was way too much star power for my measly little phone to handle that it simply imploded. How brilliant and lame, all at the same time. Probably need to get more tech savvy tips from Rochelle the next time I meet her. We all could do with a mobile phone sponsorship, really!
But I digress.
Back to MTV World Stage, what an amazing gig huh? It felt like a music festival more than anything else. The sea of people! Those little arms up in the air! The sing-alongs! The moshing! Here’s a non-photographic recap:
August 11 – Tuesday
Flew in at around 3pm and arrived at Sunway Lagoon at around 5pm. My hotel room was facing the venue. Fantastic! Went by Surf Beach and the crew was still setting the stage up. Went to the middle of the stage and silently screamed “I’m a golden goddess!” with my arms outstretched. I hope no one saw me.
August 12 – Wednesday
Had a good night sleep. Went by the production office to check things out and everyone’s really busy making sure the event would be a massive bang. Some last minute changes to the setlists, which meant the creative director and show director gotta work out the LED sequences and camera angles. The sheer amount of work that went behind MTV World Stage was unbelievable. It made me appreciate the show, or any major events, so much more for that matter.
August 13 – Thursday
First day of rehearsals! Boys Like Girls were first to drop by for soundcheck. I love John’s SJC drums! Sparkle is a must for any drum kit. I would love to get a set of SJC myself. Martin didn’t seem to be in a jolly mood and I read from his tweets that it was due to lack of caffeine. But I thought he still did a great job, giving his best during soundcheck.
Raygun was up next and I was just ogling at Adj’s VOX AC30 amps. Too much of a band gear head. But it’s true, you know. A British band like Raygun would need amps like those. I didn’t miss Ben’s striking red Fender Jaguar bass too. I don’t remember him using that in his Rooster days. But anyways, Raygun was awesome. I love their blend of indie funk/disco, Spinal Tap or not. Pity they weren’t doing “Lord Forgive Me” at all!
Estranged came by to do their soundcheck shortly. Drummer Andy is a beast on the kit. Friendliest dude too! I could see and hear why Estranged is so widely acclaimed in Malaysia. Those guys definitely have what it takes to go international. Which was exactly the point to get them on the bill on MTV World Stage, I guess.
Night fell and the final band for soundcheck of the day was none other than my personal favorite, Kasabian! Met the girls from Sony BMG backstage and heard that Serge and Tom were still in Australia and would only be flying in on show day itself. Drummer Ian was the only one there doing the rehearsals with the road crew. The show director needed a stand-in to test out the camera angles and I got tasked to do the job of being a stand-in for Serge, Tom and Chris. “Lennat, now pretend to sing into the mic” said the director over the intercom. I was like, “What? Serge is too tall! I’m too short to be able to reach to the mic!” But I gave it my all to channel the best Tom-ism and Serge-ism I could. It wasn’t easy being a golden goddess at all. There’s a reason why I play drums. My place is at the back, staring at my bandmates’ butts. Not front of the stage being all showy and flamboyant.
After the last soundcheck of the day, the show producer and almost everyone else on the crew stood by and did the pyro test. Fireworks! I clapped my hands in glee to be able to catch what the pyros look like before show day. Talk about the perks!
August 14 – Friday
One more day to go before show day! The All-American Rejects did their soundcheck in the evening and oh my, what a showman Tyson was. Director was checking with the band about the order of the songs and Tyson was just jumping all over the place, explaining all the important parts. For those who weren’t there, they did “Mona Lisa” for the soundcheck!
Around 10ish in the night, Pixie Lott came by for her turn. Heard that she just touched down at 8pm at KLIA too. Which meant she came immediately after! Who said being a star is all dandy? I’m pretty sure their schedules are packed like crazy sardines. After so much testosterone for the past few days, it was nice to see a pretty lady on stage doing her thang. Her eyes were so pretty! Uh-oh uh-oh!
August 15, Saturday aka SHOW DAY
Time flies when you are having fun. Hoobastank did their soundcheck late morning and Dan’s definitely my new guitar god. His guitar lines are so…pristine and rocking at the same time! Was discussing the band with Fiona, one of girls from the Digital Media team who is a super duper Hoobastank fan (“Lennat, I’m beginning to doubt our friendship when we don’t agree on Hoobastank!”), about how I wasn’t a fan of Hoobstank and I was proven wrong. Gah. How could I not be a fan when I was humming their songs in my head all day after soundcheck? My heart cannot and would not lie.
Then it was break time. At 3:30pm thereabouts, someone shouted into the intercom, saying, “The doors are open! The people are in!” Which meant, show was about to start! And it did! Like a rollercoaster!
You know that Almost Famous view whereby William Miller watches the band at the side of the stage with Penny Lane? Yup, not so fun when you could be front of house, watching the show with all the fantastic lighting and LED screens that complimented the performances like wasabi on sashimi. But it’s another feeling altogether seeing the sea of people rocking out without a care in the world. Malaysia, you touched me!
Estranged – “The Slave In Us,” “Ketika Ini,” “Yang Pernah,” “In No Time”
Definitely one of the most diverse acts who could sound fast and furious (kinda like a mash-up between Korn and Linkin Park) and super catchy with “Ketika Ini.” Did you see Andy’s red contacts? It’s eerie but sexy at the same time too. (Okay! Enough about Andy. But I don’t mind some drum lessons really! Are you reading this, Andy? Hello?)
Boys Like Girls – “Love Drunk,” “Hero/Heroine,” “Thunder,” “The Great Escape”
Every time the “Love Drunk” chorus comes up, I just feel like belting into “Somebody Told Me” by the Killers. I suspect it’s the disco beat. But whoa! Those Boston boys know how to put up a show.Â I heard shouts over the intercom that the barricades were down during their set. Mayhem! Martin scaled the scaffolding too. So rock ‘n’ roll, yo!
Raygun – “Just Because,” “Waiting In Line,” “Can’t Say No,” “See You Later”
My personal favorite, aside from Kasabian! They make me want to dance, dance! I could see the boys are having fun playing to the Malaysian crowd for the first time too. Sweat could look very sexy on some boys, if I may add.
Pixie Lott – “Turn It Up,” “Boys And Girls,” “Mama Do”
For some reason, I always mix up Pixie’s “Boys And Girls” with the band name Boys Like Girls. I must be getting old. I was wondering how short would Pixie’s shorts go but Pixie’s a classy lady and chose a more conservative dress for the occasion in respect of the country’s culture. Kudos!
Hoobastank – “My Turn,” “The Letter,” “Crawling In The Dark,” “The Reason”
Massive sing-along for “The Reason.” I guess it’s one of those classics that would not go away. Doug has upped his live vocal prowess too!
*Update for TeliLeti: Yes, they brought the the spirit of the marshmallow man with the Ghostbusters‘ theme. Who ya gonna call? HOOBASTANK! Haha!
The All-American Rejects – “Dirty Little Secret,” “I Wanna,” “Swing Swing,” “When The Wind Blows,” “Real World,” “It Ends Tonight,” “Gives You Hell”
Whoa, whoa, whoa! I really wished I saw their performance from the front. Saw the photos from “It Ends Tonight” and the visuals blew me away! It is an American thing to climb the scaffolding? Seems to me everyone loves doing it.
Kasabian – “Vlad The Impaler,” “Underdog,” “Empire,” “Where Did All The Love Go,” “Shoot The Runner,” “Fire,” “Club Foot,” “L.S.F”
Fireworks! Whee! Kasabian was simply majestic. I dig Tom’s new do too. I LOVE ALL THE SONGS THEY DID. Totally made up for my lost time at Summer Sonic. All hail for Kasabian! I definitely got my groove and shake on.
And there you go. It was all over before we know it. I could do with another five hours straight of live music. But I was dead beat!!!
August 16, Sunday aka THE GREAT COME DOWN
I woke up feeling empty. No more MTV World Stage. No more thunderous cheers. It’s over. Met up with Kerrie and the gang for some R&R before flying home to Singapore. But I needed more. Here’s to more MTV World Stage! Do it again, and again, and again!!!
For the lucky ones who made up the 15, 000 strong crowd, share your experiences in the comments below! I want to hear from you! Who was the rockiest act? Who brought the house down? Who turned the amp up to 11 and blew you away? Let MTV Asia know how much you enjoyed yourselves and perhaps we will have another MTV World Stage coming right up! Go, go, go!
For those who weren’t there, you can catch MTV World Stage on MTV Asia. Find out the showtimes here!