Monday, December 28, 2015

WINGS : KONSERT WINGS 30 TAHUN - BACK TO 80'S : PADANG B - PLAZA ANGSANA JOHOR BAHRU - MALAYSIA : 25/12/2015


The year 2015 was simply the best year for us witnessing WINGS at their best form ever and continuously making history. We were fortunate to be there at Melaka as they opened the year with Konsert Menakluk Kosmos - Melaka on 31/01/2015. Again, there we were at their final show : Konsert Wings 30 Tahun - Johor Bahru on 25/12/2015.

It was an honour for Johor Bahru to get the slot for Konsert Wings 30 Tahun. Thank you WINGS, AGE TECH, ANGGERIK EVENT and SAYAP2WINGS. As JOE did mentioned in one of the interviews - if WINGS do continue with the same show next year (2016), its not goin' to be their 30th Anniversary celebration, as the band will turn 31 years already. So, Johor Bahru was lucky to host the 2nd and final show. It has been 5 years since WINGS last hit the stage here down south (Konsert Double Trouble 2010). The long wait was finally over, and it should triggered all Johor born rockers to attend. Muafakat Johor !

The night session started at around 8.00 pm with guests like UCOP, RONNIE, ITO, AWEERA, MAEL and kumpulan SAYAP (Saiful Apek, Yassin & friends) doing tribute.

Approximately 9.30 pm, the same video montage (like Stadium Merdeka) erupted, marking the arrival of WINGS onstage.

WINGS stayed true to their 'Back To 80's' concept and opened their introduction piece with the usual 3 tracks back-to-back, all from the album 'Hukum Karma' (1988) in its relatively original form. It drove massive and loud sing along from the crowds. "Taman Rashidah Utama" was an all time fans' favourite that grew in most of us since our school days. It was pure nostalgic when the track was given its deserved right to open the Johor Bahru show. It came out complete with the rain/thunder effect and the guitar slide intro (with a little touch of choir like backing vocal in the opening as extra). It then continued with the blasting drum, just like in the album, and "Opera Hidup" was delivered perfectly. "Hukum Karma" was next and WINGS had already won the crowds over by then.


One crucial fact about WINGS is they always make sure that every single cent of our hard earned money is well spent by giving us back one professional and quality performance. It was announced that the Kuala Lumpur diehards had even organized a bus trip down to Johor Bahru for the show. Now, that's pure passion and dedication !

JOE also paid homage to his birth state, wearing embroidery shirt with Johor flag on it. There was also a Johor flag tied at his back pocket if someone could noticed. The traditional song turned 'agogo'- "Tanjung Puteri" also served the night well.


The selection of songs before the 'reunion medley' was really meant to give a big punch to the crowds. Once everybody have settled down with "Orang Kita" and "Gemala Saktiku", another round of maximum rock 'n' roll were let loose starting with "Bazooka Penaka" which has been pushed back and replaced "Romania". Who might have expected that WINGS brought in "Kau Masih Berdegil" and "Aku Pun Tahu" to replace "Jumpa Hilang" and the mild "Pengabdian Ku Kekasih". It was indeed brilliant !

The 'reunion medley' did not changed but was without MUS, and AZLAN stepped in probably because of his high stretching voice which can suit MUS parts better. Once "Jerangkung Dalam Almari" was done, AWIE was kind enough to invite the other ticket holders at the back to come into the Rockzone area.

The better backdrop play was astonishing which lighten up the stage even more. "Awang Trasher" returned and was accompanied with 'Bersama Selamanya' backdrop. It brought most of us back to GAYOUR masterpiece cartoon series from the old legendary comic - Majalah Ujang. The cartoon storyline appeared to connect well with the song. There were also pyrotechics and exploding fireworks at stage front through out the show. The night ended nearing 1.00 am with the guests joined the band on stage for "Peronda Jaket Biru", and then came the final and bigger fireworks display.

We don't think that WINGS was expecting something like the Stadium Merdeka turnout, but 8,000 attendees in Johor Bahru was still satisfactory. We have a great time just like everytime we came and saw WINGS onstage. But to those who were there at the 'mother of all rock concerts' (Konsert Wings 30 Tahun - Stadium Merdeka), the Johor Bahru experience might turned out a little ordinary.

Yet, we were very thankful that WINGS came down and willing to have another round of celebration with those who were unable to come to Stadium Merdeka earlier. Somehow, we would not get "Kau Masih Berdegil" and "Aku Pun Tahu" after all these years if the Johor Bahru show did not took place. So, the show was still significant.

But on the other hand, the Stadium Merdeka show had already left the biggest mark in the local rock 'n' roll history. So, should it continued elsewhere ? It was not for us to say ...

Let 2016 comes and we look forward to continue rockin' with one of Malaysia's oldest and greatest rock 'n' roll band ever - WINGS !

To those who have rocked with WINGS in 2015, we salute you !

The following video was courtesy from SAYAP2WINGS :-
Setlists
1) Taman Rashidah Utama (Hukum Karma)
2) Opera Hidup (Hukum Karma)
3) Hukum Karma (Hukum Karma)

Selawat Nabi

4) Orang Kita (Hukum Karma)
5) Gemala Saktiku (Jerangkung Dalam Almari)

6) Bazooka Penaka (Bazooka Penaka)
7) Kau Masih Berdegil (Double Trouble)
8) Aku Pun Tahu (Jerangkung Dalam Almari)

9) Satelit Puaka (Bazooka Penaka)

Medley
(WINGS with SHAM, MEL & AZLAN)

10) Intan Ku Kesepian (Belenggu Irama)
11) Biru Mata Hitamku (Biru Mata Hitamku)
12) Belenggu Irama (Belenggu Irama)
13) Potret Monalisa (Teori Domino)
14) Misteri Mimpi Syakila (Hukum Karma)
15) Di Ambang Wati (Bazooka Penaka)
16) Semalam Yang Hangat (Orang Asing)

Drum Solo (BLACK & JOJET)
Both continued on drum for the following tracks :-
17) R'N'R Lu Punya Suka (Jerangkung Dalam Almari)
18) Jerangkung Dalam Almari (Jerangkung Dalam Almari) + AZLAN

19) Blues Ular Sawa (Double Trouble 2) - AZLAN on vocal
20) Nasib Kita (Best Of Wings 2)
21) Tanjung Puteri (Malay traditional song)

Guitar Showcase - Gelap Nan Terang (JOE)

22) Kota Kemusnahan (Belenggu Irama)
23) Awang Trasher (Jerangkung Dalam Almari)
24) Inspirasi Taming Sari (Belenggu Irama)
25) Ingatkan Dia (Menakluk Kosmos)
26) Sejati (Teori Domino)
27) Peronda Jaket Biru (Belenggu Irama)

Official merchandise from Grousiey Printhouse







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