Saturday, October 20, 2007


The monthly tribute gigs organized by Rock Star Collective can be real hit or miss affairs. On Thursday, 18th October 2007, the Home Club bore witness to the unique on-stage chemistry of Jean (Giants Must Fall) and Josh (The Fire Fight) - not forgetting Iain on percussion - as they treated the audience to their interpretation of popular U2 chestnuts like With Or Without You, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, One, Pride (In the Name of Love) etc

Kudos to Razi for this inspired selection as the duo showed the potential of the pairing with tasty harmonies and interesting variations on the beloved U2 canon. Wonder if more collaborations will be in the works for Jean and Josh?!

Before the Jean and Josh show, the night was opened by 3 Way Street, whose standard modern guitar emo-rock fare seemed par for the course, with way too many instrumental breaks but redeemed somewhat by the cool vocalist who managed to stay stoic (and yet witty) amidst the messy cacophony swelling (and swirling) all around him. They played mostly originals but stumbled their way through a half-hearted Vertigo. Interesting in its own way.

So who's next, Razi?
... and thanks to Jon for the good company and the rum 'n' coke - you rock, dude!

Sunday, October 14, 2007


So last night I went to watch the reunion of The New Minstrels - Together Again - at the Esplanade Concert Hall. I went mainly to support Adam, who was playing drums in the backing band.
It was a thoroughly entertaining, nostalgic trip. You could say that it was relief to hear people in a concert who really - and I mean, really - sing.
Though the set list was mostly composed of covers, the performance was well arranged with ambitious medleys of Burt Bacharach material, R&B classics and musicals. The group also performed a few of their originals, done in the 70s soft pop style which was clearly their forte.
Personally, I found the many testimonies interspersed throughout the concert very satisfying.
A memorable night...