Mawi World
September 08, 2006

I spent most of the past five years abroad and during the time, I could only drool as I read about the comeback of reunion concerts of our nation's Rock legends. Some of them being Ramli Sarip's Dari Studio Satu gig, May and Lefthanded's Sunday Night Live shows at Planet Hollywood and that Search & Godbless concert that didn't quite took off if I recall correctly. Oh but I did manage to join the army of men clad in leather jackets and tiger/dragon t-shirts for the Scorpion concert at Stadium Merdeka back in 2004; with Search opening for them.

When I first heard about the Triple Mega Malindo concert (cheesy name, I know) not long after touching down KLIA, I knew that there's no reason for me to miss this one. Not until my account balance told me that going to the concert would mean the fasting month coming earlier for me.

So one fine afternoon as I was flicking through the channels, I saw Ella holding up the concert's poster (while simultaneously waving her hair to and fro the corners of the screen no less) and reading two questions to be answered via e-mail; to win tickets to the concert.

Sent the e-mail to TV3. Got the call from EMI. And bang RM70 tucked nicely into my wallet.

We arrived at the Bukit Kiara Equestrian Club at around 430pm as I had to pick up my ticket around then. And the front gate was flooded with the many likes of locals (that's both Malaysian and Indonesian) mostly dressed to kill. Simply put, the girls reminded me of Cindy Lauper and the guys Boy George. And I had to ask myself if I missed a news of the other bands backing out leaving only Ratu to perform that night.

Nonetheless, I knew deep inside that the 'otais' would arrive later that evening. They knew their messiahs will only play towards the end of the whole show.

As we walked into the racing track, echos of the night's emcee can be heard from afar. It was Bandi of Amuk and as usual, he had his face covered.

"Oih tu Seruan tuh…"

"Aiseh, awat la depa tak buat Ratu main dulu. Takpa la depa main Seruan tu suruh kita Asar dulu. Satgi baru headbanging…"

And headbanged, we did, 'til the break of dawn.

And as noted earlier, Lefthanded opened up the show with Muiz Metalasia fronting them and Man Kidal's son, Elly playing second fiddle to his dad. I also had the pleasure of enjoying the beastly drum poundings of Man Dayak and Yan's utterly dynamic and energetic bass groove. Their set-list included Seruan, Keadilan, Semangat Lamina, Arah Yang Hilang and Tanjung Puteri. While Muiz did an awesome job, I'm still longing to see the famous Mark I line-up with Nash fronting the band.

The next two acts that followed them were Ari Lasso and Ratu. Leaving us with no other choice but indulge on the tantalizing servings of bihun goreng and nasi lemak over at the stalls. And quite surprisingly, nothing was overpriced; allowing us to enjoy seconds with Ratu singing feminist anthems in the background.

We then head straight to the Fly Wings Entertainment stall and got ourselves some super cool Wings t-shirt. They were the shiznitest of t-shirts I kid you not.

"Aduh, 40 tahun gini lagi. Aku pun nak…"

And as the day grew darker, more Kapak fans filled the ground and we walked up right to the front area to enjoy the sultry performance of the country's rock queen, Ella. She featured oldies like Resah, Permata Pemotong Permata and Permata Biru and goodies like Layar Impian and Dua Insan Bercinta. The rather weird surprise of the night, I must say, must've been Saiful Apek's take on Tam Spider's parts on the duet, Dunia Batinku. Would kill myself before I'm a fan of his jokes but I gotta give him credit as he sang the song very well.

Nevertheless, Ella is still the hotness after all these years.

"Oih hang biar betul Salah tak berenti hang windmill tadi tau dak?"

Thereafter, anxiously yet calmly, we waited for the emergence of Awie, Joe, Eddie and Black or otherwise known as Wings, one of the greatest ever eardrum breaking rock bands to ever exist on the planet's surface. Their setup crew took quite a while to get everything in place but deep inside we knew, it will be all worth it.

And out came Awie in a Harley t-shirt and fully patched jeans, Joe with a Black Beauty slung to his body, Black in his trademark white singlet and Eddie, simple as ever posing an XXL Everlast Boxing t-shirt. Ah, the euphoria in the air…

As they played their fast numbers, Bujang Senang, Jerangkung Dalam Almari, Ranggi Metropolis, Peronda Jaket Biru and Lipas Kudung, the crowd roared. And as they played their ballads, Sejati and Semalam Yang Hangat, the crowd choired.

Simply put, despite all odds, Awie lacks none of the energy he had back in his heydays and Joe, is doubtlessly one of the country's top five axemen.

Damn Salah freaked me out when he banged for almost 10 minutes non-stop during Wings.

"Sialla oih ni Immigrant Song. Dengar kat Jimmy Page marah dia nih…"

Dewa was next. I was never a big fan but the majority of the crowd was really there for them, evidently. Yet, I couldn't agree more to those claiming Ahmad Dhani as a brilliant songwriter. Their songs caught me the first time, and with their tight musicianship and video clips backing them up, it was definitely a show to remember; not forgetting Ella coming up to do the Dangdut bit during Sedang Ingin Bercinta.

After Dewa, half of the crowd left the area. And it wasn't a pretty sight.

Yes everyone was tired and it's been a long night. But coming up next is a legendary band who for the last 25 years paved the way for other bands to turn their fantasies into a reality. The band, have been so influential that their songs needs no introduction.

Then again, those who stayed kept on going. Our feet sore and thighs numb. Almost everyone was sitting on the ground. Until…


Out comes Search. Even with the departure of Kid and Din and the comeback of Hillary into the band, Search still looked strong. And for the night's show, they had Edrie backing up Hillary on his Wolfgang. With that, they exchanged blistering solos throughout the night on Di Pintu Sepi, Pawana and Isi Atau Kulit.

To our disappointment however, the sound for Search wasn't as crisp as the previous bands. Perhaps the PA guy was already exhausted and I don't really blame him. Seven acts is a bit too hefty for a local show.

Still, it was a short yet incredible performance by the band and I doubt anyone there could ever forget the band leading the whole crowd to sing a whole verse of Isabella, with the spotlight on us. Oh yeah…

And we drove home, extremely tired yet utterly satisfied from an outing with the best of our rock and roll legends.

Next stop, Ramli Sarip and Friends, KL Tower, 8/9/06.

PS - Kirah, please gMail me them pics. Trima kasey…

Image credits: The Star, Utusan Malaysia


mawi? oi mawi! listen up! back then & today, they don't need undi undi yada yada sms sms bla bla bla to justify their existence up on the stage!

kecoh & glemer je lebih. bising je macam tin sardin kosong kelentang kelentung, putus tunang pun nak kecoh separuh dunia. umat lain lagi banyak masalah.

pi naik haji lah lagi bagus; tak pun pegi jihad terus.

-wa, pak andak-

lu jgn brader, mawi hero gua. wahahaha...

aku baru balik from kl tower. brader ramli punya show, gi ngan salah. basah jeruk baju berpeluh dek banging dan air guitaring for two hours.

ada dalam 2 jam kot featuring mostly sweet charity numbers, kecuali jikalau berkasih + 2 covers: black night & wonderful tonight.

time balik tu masa nak beli air kat vending machine kebetulan jodoh jumpa brader ramli nak balik dah. kitorang pun terus jumpa salam amek berkat dan gambar seketul. will forward it later.

RM30 yang paling bermakna dalam hidup wa...

damnation! cemburu buta lah aku seminggu nie!

-wa, pak andak-

harus diingat, lu belum pegi clapton lagi...


Quote: "Not until my account balance told me that going to the concert would mean the fasting month coming earlier for me."

huh? asrif puasa??? hari tu bukan ke masa asar ko tanya apek sebelah ko ada colok extra ke tak?

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