The fact that I didn’t even realise that the current incarnation of Guns N’ Roses performed in Kuala Lumpur on 24th March shows how much I’ve drifted away from them, not mentioning Slash’s show at Sunway Lagoon in 2010. But I don’t think it’s so much the distance between Sabah and Kuala Lumpur, but rather the sheer amount of time that has passed since “The Spaghetti Incident?” and their next album, which I completely missed.
However, on 31st October, I had a chance encounter with information on social media about Bumblefoot, their current lead guitarist coming to town, for an interestingly named “Appetite for Durian Tour”, which piqued my interest.
When I first heard about it, I didn’t even know he’s been their lead guitarist for 7 years. Probably it’s rather unfortunate that he joined when GNR’s heydays had been over for more than 10 years. Still I was sure it was going to be a good show since he’s worked with other world class rock musicians and recommended by no less than Guitar Mahaguru Joe Satriani himself.
Without that Guns N’ Roses connection, I might never have even bothered.
The other point is: has a lead guitarist of a world-famous hard rock / heavy metal band (i.e. has sold more than 100 million records worldwide) ever performed live in Sabah, at least in living memory?
The following is a collection of posters for concerts which were scheduled to be held in Malaysia, but never happened due to one reason or another.
Comments / suggestions are very much welcome. The more high profile the artiste, the better – I strive to list artistes who have sold at least 10 million records.
Here are 2 top class songs that have been on youtube for years, but have received relatively very few views.
I discovered them quite by accident.
The following is a partial list of Sabah’s greatest ever sporting moments. Any comments / corrections / additions are very much welcome:
Here’s my list: any comments are most welcome.
The following little signboard can be seen if you’re seated at the restaurant at the corner nearest the Luyang Health Clinic, Kota Kinabalu.
Spotted 15th February 2013
Update 8 September 2013
Finally, it’s available: the official live recordings of the concert at Live Metallica, at USD0.99 per track.
21 August 2013
History has been made – the legendary rock band’s first ever concert in Malaysia has happened, and I was there among the 30,000 at Stadium Merdeka to witness the event, my second Metallica concert in 22 years! To me, they’re THE greatest rock band in the world, at least during my youth.
I finally visited Tamparuli’s Rumah Terbalik (The Upside Down House in Borneo) on the 10th of August 2013, more than a year after it opened. Why so late, considering I pass by that place quite often? I shall say I waited for the place to settle down & have more attractions, to maximise value for money :-)
- the upside down house itself was quite interesting, but I found it too small, and didn’t have the WOW factor. Certainly I didn’t feel that I’d want to go back inside in future.
- However, I must say the owners have done a very good job in branding and merchandising.
10th August 2013
Malaysia XI 1-3 FC Barcelona, when for a while it looked as if Barca would be upset. Lionel Messi didn’t play.
The most talked about moment of the match is of course when Wan Zack Haikal Wan Noor confronted Cesc Fabregas: