Sunday, July 24, 2016

Rojak Post - Kerrang's Maiden Heaven Vol 2 Tribute Album, Thomas Zwijsen's Preserved In Time, and a bits more photos of Rockin Europe 2016 TRAVELLING EXPLORING photos..

Hi All.
As usual a mix-mashed post.

A detour from my rockin europe backpacking trip travellog as I have not resized the photos to ones that can be uploaded easily..


I want to review and give my opinion on

- the new Kerrang's Maiden Heaven Vol 2 ALL-STAR TRIBUTE to Iron Maiden which was found on the Kerrang Magazine Download Festival Preview Issue which is also their 35 Years Anniversary Issue with lots of Maiden of course (maybe next time I show the articles) 

- and the new double cd of Thomas Zwijsen Nylon Maiden's Preserved In Time.



I'll start in the Malay Language and proceed to English next.

I'll try keep it short, I am late for work.. Its bloody SUNDAY Evening, and I am going to work... LOL!!!

Selalunya aku seronok dengar cover versions lagu2 aku minat dipersembahkan orang lain.

Seronok kalau lagu lelaki tapi orang pompuan nyanyi balik, atau vice-versa.
Seronok kalau lagu heavy dan bising jadi lagu senyap dan sayup2.
Satu yang ditunggu ialah seronok sangat setiap kali Paradise Lost buat cover version lagu2 pop dan electronics.

Iron Maiden nye covers, ada la jugak banyak jugak cd2 album2 cover versions dari merata tempat aku kumpul terutama zaman 90an dan awal 2000an nye rilis.

Untuk Iron Maiden, aku suka dengar cover versions yang lari jauh dari asal.
Dari heavy jadi pop.
Kalau yang buat FAITHFULLY kat original, aku takde masalah, tapi lagi lagu2 tu ditributekan ke tahap extreme ke Utara, atau arah Selatan, lagi aku suka...

Aku jugak suka, band2 buat tribute versions kalau lagu2 baru...
Penat dan boring la, kalau lagu2 80an dan 90an sekalipun...

Kerrang Vol 2 Tribute kat Maiden ni memang dah lama tunggu, rasanya VOL 1 ialah 10 tahun dahulu??
Yang ada Metallica tu?

Untuk Vol 2, korang try dengar TRIVIUM nye cover. TRIVIUM sangat terbaik... Aku ada link kat bawah contoh2 sikit dari album2 ni...


OK yang Thomas Zwijsen ni, memang terbaik... aku suka... Tengok la aku link dari youtube sikit2 apa ada kat album terbaru Nylon Maiden dia,
k tu je la...
Take care semua...
STAY HEAVY K.


KERRANG Maiden Heaven Vol 2 An All Star Tribute To Iron Maiden which comes on the very nice issue of 35 Years of Kerrang.

I dont read Kerrang anymore, but this issue reminds of why KERRANG used to be such a most important HEAVY METAL and HARD ROCK latest reference. Lol.


THAT IS A CAKE... THAT EDDIE IS A CAKE!!!!!!!!






For Me,
Tribute Albums to Iron Maiden...

I really like if

The tribute is played to either side of the extremes,

I dont mind if the covers are played faithfully to the originals, but I prefer if
the songs are tributed in a completely different way...

and I would rather have covers from the latter era of Maiden, and not the same old 80s/90s songs tribute.
Kerrang really did well,
some post2000 songs got covered for this wonderful release.

Enjoy..

These are the more unusual ones,

I like the girl singer song on Wickerman... Muncie Girls??

A bit of change of lyrics..

Brother - Brother part changed to...

Daughter and their mothers...








And at the other end of the other extreme..



a ROUSING version of Powerslave by Anaal Nathrakh


Next is..

the simply beautiful and sometimes haunting melodies of THOMAS ZWIJSEN NYLON MAIDEN new DOUBLE CD of IRON MAIDEN (and two Bruce Dickinson solo tunes) songs...

So on this album you not only have the amazing JERUSALEM and tears of the dragon,
you also have Burning Ambition among others..

amazing..













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One of my favourite songs from the X Factor. This is a great live version from Thomas Zwijsen and Blaze himself.



Like I say above, I most like it to hear interpretations by other musicians on newer Iron Maiden songs.
Thomas Zwijsen is always UP TO DATE. LOL!!

This is simply another haunting version of an already haunting song...





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Last but not least, I hope to upload some photos I took while backpacking to the Rhine River territory in Germany to watch Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow play in Loreley.

Here are some of the photos I took while exploring some portions of the Rhine River.
I stayed at Sankt Goar,
and exploring by boat along the FEARSOME Rhine River...
I ended up at the amazingly beautiful Rudesheim.











THIS IS WHAT I DISCOVERED tuck away AT ONE OF THE LANES OF RUDESHEIM..

A seriously shocking discovery of a TORTURE MUSEUM which is simply mind-boggling.

I will try to create a post on this Folter Museum next time.

I TOOK A PHOTO OF EVERY EXHIBIT POSSIBLE. LOL!!!





TO BE CONTINUED...


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Some Amazing Pro-Shots Videos of Iron Maiden in Donington 2016 are broadcasted on British Television. Hurry before YOUTUBE remove all of these few songs. LOL!!

Firstly in Malay Language
Secondly all the videos, before youtube brings them down again
Thirdly a round up in English Language.

Untuk sapa tak tahu, "PRO-SHOT" pertama untuk Tour Book Of Soul 2016 dah ditayangkan kat salah satu cenel di England, aku tak tahu BBC ke hapa ntah.
Empat lagu dari persembahan Iron Maiden di Donington Park sebagai headliners hari Ahad 12/06/2016 dan jugak band penutup bagi Festival Download 2016. 
Lagu2 tersebut ialah Speed Of Light, Children Of The Damned, Blood Brothers dan Book Of Soul.
YOUTUBE nampaknya sentiasa menurunkan apa yang diupload pemnat jadi video2 ni mungkin tak lama jugak.

Walaupun Bruce umum 85,000 peminat sewaktu Maiden main, tapi aku rasa konfem beribu2 peminat yang punya tiket tak dapat tengok Maiden pasal jam teruk kat jalan2 menuju Donington, dan jugak pasal hujan tak berhenti, lumpur sangat teruk, dah banjir lumpur, banjir tanah liat,
maka ramai jugak terpaksa balik kerana tempat perkhemahan mereka semua runtuh... Memang dahsyat.

Aku sendiri terpaksa buang boot Caterpillar aku, seluar aku semua lepas je hari terakhir Donington tahun ini. Pergi Primarks dan beli kasut kembes murah untuk teruskan backpacking ke Jerman untuk tengok Rainbow main pulak.

Walaupun Iron Maiden kena lahar teruk2 pasal arahan mereka, bila Iron Maiden main, semua pentas lain kena shutdown. Takde band lain boleh beraksi. Jadi ni dah kira tak adil kepada mereka yang ada tiket festival tapi tak mau tengok Iron Maiden beraksi dan oleh kerana Iron Maiden beraksi malam terakhir jadi maknanya kalau sapa tak mau tengok Iron Maiden maknanya festival muzik ini bagi mereka tamat pukul 8malam. Pasal kul 8.30PM gitu Iron Maiden mula beraksi dan waktu tu semua pentas lain dah kena tutup, semua band dah kena berhenti main.

SANGAT TAK ADIL KAN APA ARAHAN IRON MAIDEN KEPADA PENGANJUR?? Untuk aku ni sangat tak adil kepada peminat2 muzik yang ada tiket festival dan berhak untuk enjoy band2 lain, tapi tu la keras kepala dan degil dan suka tok nenek Iron Maiden buat arahan begini.


Tapi ada baik nya, kerana hari Sabtu Black Sabbath beraksi pentas pertama, mungkin ada 70,000 menonton dan mereka yang kat belakang sekali melaporkan sound bunyi bocor boleh dengar dari pentas kedua walaupun jarah jauh.

Aku pernah alami sound bocor dari pentas ke pentas kat Hellfest, dan tu memang sangat rasa PUAKA bila ni terjadi, tapi berbanding HELLFEST, Donington Park lagi besar giler la kan size dia pada aku.
Dan Hellfest pentas pertama dan pentas kedua ialah sebelah2, sedang Donington Pentas pertama pergi pentas kedua jauh giler lagi keadaan berlumpur dan berbukit berlereng gitu.

Aku speku, kalau Iron M aiden akan keluarkan dvd/blueray/live album rasmi untuk tour 2016 ni,
aku speku dorang mungkin akan pakai rakaman kamera2 Donington ni, atau Wacken nanti malam terakhir tour 2016 mereka, pasal aku tak rasa ada mana2 show Iron Maiden lain yang dorang bawak berbelas2 kamera, jadi mungkin mereka akan gunakan kamera2 festival2 muzik besar yang sedia ada.
Dan jugak Download Festival persembahan dorang memang dahsyat, sila tengok Book Of Soul nye persembahan kat bawah.. sangat terbaik dari Bruce dan semua anggota band kat lagu ni.


Children Of The Damned - Beautiful video isnt it? Makes all the seriously flooding muddy fields and non stop rain and horrible disaster conditions worth it for me for my Donington 2016 backpacking trip.





Speed Of Light -




Book Of Soul
(Eddie Appeared starting 06:40minutes,
scratching his ass/backside.
scratching his private parts in public.
giving the middle finger to the audience
HOW RUDE!!!  LOL!!)




So could footage from Donington Download Festival 2016 be the official live DVD/BlueRay/Live Album?
Maiden played a blinder that night, an example as can be seen during the song Book Of Soul above,

When I view these videos a few times, I realised how brilliant they were that night, so I vote this performance as to be an official release. LOL!!

So it could probably be, with Youtube keep removing all the uploads of the FOUR SONGS available since the British TV Channel broadcast of footages from Download Festival 2016.

Now in Youtube there is only 3, fortunately good quality uploads, but I cannot find the Pro-Shot of Blood Brothers.

So enjoy, a horrible horrible weekend, the trouble begins from Friday about 3pm till all the way to Sunday night with non stop rains, and muddy disaster zone environment.

And Sunday with lots of great bands, and Maiden headlining, I think there are over demands of Day-Tickets for Sunday which cause so much chaos in traffic and human flow to Donington.

Bruce says 85,000 but surely thousands cannot make it due to traffic jams, and floodings of mud waters which destroys some camping setups of fans.
I myself threw away my boots and pants after Sunday night. LOL!!!


So enjoy these videos if you have not seen them. I AM THERE SOMEWHERE IN THE CROWD!!! LOL!!!

Donington is a special place , a dream for me since I hear/read/listen to tapes of great bands playing there of it as a little boy till now I can backpack to this special place.
I thought, I will be going to Donington only once, due to the horrible conditions of English Weather in the open environment for the weekend
but here I am returning again,
so I am not surprised few years down the road, when Iron Maiden plays their final Donington ever, I will be there again.




Monday, July 4, 2016

Eid Fitr Greetings, end of Ramadhan & some new Iron Maiden related mags & cds incoming last few weeks

Aloha Everyone.. this time around a bit ""terbalik"" upside down, in English language first before I close this post in Malay language.

Lets get the Heaviness side of things out of the way first...

Some new incoming Iron Maiden related stuffs both Magazines and CDs I obtained for past few weeks.




Some of the above are 

-1) the Kerrang Magazines Issue before the weekend of Donington Park Download Festival with all the build up excitments write-ups...
-2) the Kerrang Magazine Issue just after the weekend of Donington with the reviews and photos.
-3) The Iron Maiden Fan Club Magazine Number 102. Super thick and all colour and great stories, interviews and photos as usual.
-4) The MAIDEN HEAVEN TRIBUTE CD VOLUME 2 which comes with the after Donington Kerrang issue.
About 15 songs being played by newer bands and established ones like Trivium. No.. No Metallica this time around LOL!!!
-5) The beautiful amazing thrilling NYLON MAIDEN Preserved In Time double CD, by Thomas Zwijsen. I got it as a pre-order way before hand. 

Will reviews all these sooner or later. I hope... I have even write up on IMFC magazines 100 and 101 yet. LOL!!!!

Thats about it...

As I am writting this, the holy month of Ramadhan is just about 24 hours left.
It is an experience for me this year, as I got to experience Ramadhan while backpacking Europe to catch ACDC, Sabbath, Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Nightwish, Electric Wizard, RAINBOW, and lots more....

Its a fucked-up feeling knowing that many of the terror and tragedies of the innocent are laced with the Muslim and Islam name. Especially so in the most holiest of Islamic Calender Month.
Whatever it is, only God knows whose hands are behind all these. 
Maybe we wont know who they are in this world, but on Judgement Day.. We surely will.

But I wish the world will be a better place.

So... Happy Celebrating the arrival of Syawal, and bid sadness goodbye to Ramadhan, and hope our love ones got to live to see it next year.

Thats all...


Salam Semua,

Untuk Jauh, Untuk Dekat, 

Selamat Menyambut Bulan Syawal lagi sikit lebih kurang 24 jam.
Selamat Mengucapkan Selamat Tinggal kepada Bulan Ramadhan, semoga ahli keluarga kita, sahabat2 kita baik real life atau cyber world, semua umur panjang, dapat jumpa lagi Ramadhan tahun depan,

Macam siol kan? Bangladesh kena, Istanbul kena, Puchong kena... ni on top of the ruckus yang biasa2 kat seluruh dunia.

Abis tu nama Islam dan Orang2 Muslim jugak kena taik.

Sapa yang calit taik tu, lebih penting... SAPA OTAK BERGELIGA yang calit taik tu??

Mungkin kita tak tahu dunia ni, tapi Allah tahu. 

Dan untuk mereka yang senang kena bubble, kena buih buat itu buat ini, jadi itu jadi ini, semoga mendapat kesedaran..

Cehhhh... Korang jangan lahar aku, jangan cakap aku YO-YO-OH nak berbual macam bagus je kan benda2 ni semua... padahal aku la chief Setan.
Aku tahu sapa aku....    Sua terang lagi bersuluh. Tapi ye la, selagi aku tak mampos lagi... sapa korang untuk menafikan hak aku untuk berbuat dan berfikir baik, walaupun sebesar kuman.


Anyway....  Thats about it, Selamat Hari Raya Puasa..  Selamat Menyambut Aidil-Fitri..

Baik korang menyambut nye dengan macam pesta ramai2 berpuluh2 beratus2 ahli keluarga dan beribu2 kawan riang ketawa gelak ria....

atau korang sambut sorang2... dalam keadaan paling PATHETIC.. 

Tu semua tak penting...

Yang penting hanya hati korang dengan Allah je, dan Nabi Muhammad kalau korang selawat kat atas dia then of course, kena konfiden Nabi Muhammad akan dengar korang selawat la kan..

Pasal dalam dunia ni, tak pedulik apa Masyarakat pandang kat kita, apa taraf kita kat masyarakat...

paling penting kita kena konfiden when it comes to hubungan ngan Allah dan Rasul walaupun kita perangai seperti hardcore bala tentera Setan.

Jangan lahar aku ok.  Inilah pegangan aku.


Anyway aku baru perasan, ORANG MELAYU ADA WORD BARU UNTUK TUNJUK DAN BERLAWAN2 SAPA LAGI BERILMU DAN UNTUK MENDAPAT SANJUNGAN DAN PENGARUH.

Selain dari perkataan KAFIR dan DAYUS...

Aku perasan orang Melayu sekarang suka perkataan MUNAFIK. dan macam jadi trend label2 orang lain MUNAFIK.

Ni mungkin pasal tempias pilem wayang tu hari... 

Kira trendy la kan, nak tunjuk betapa Islam kita, kena pakai word KAFIR, DAYUS dan MUNAFIK kat orang lain..

Baru kita rasa kita hebat, dan mendapat sanjungan dari sekeliling manusia yang berebut nak sanjung pangkat kita, dan status kita dalam masyarakat.

WELL...  Masing2 la kan...... 




 Maaf Zahir Batin.


  













Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Iron Maiden closes Download Festival 2016 Donington Park 12th June 2016. Photos & Review & all the mud and everything else. (my 11 days backpacking alone Rocking Europe 2016 reports continues on and on). - SAMBUNGAN CERITA2 PENGEMBARAAN 11 HARI AKU KE EROPAH JUNE 2016

(First two photos Especially for Tuan Tanah blog Apa Ada Dengan Ijau?,)

Adrian Smith with his San Dimas Lime / Green colour.

(I just take a few photos as I got a bit mental for this show.
i had took over 60 pretty photos of Maiden for 2016 shows in Perth Australia. Over-indulgence, I know LOL. The link is on the right of this blog. Click Steve Harris 2016, you will find it.)



more dramatic photos below... lol

As usual in market bazaar Malay language first and then in Broken English.

Penulisan yang baru lepas, tentang suasana Ramadhan aku waktu backpacking Europe untuk tengok band2 rock kegemaran aku, tentang pasal kejutan kata2 mutiara tentang Agama Islam sewaktu Iron Maiden tengah beraksi oleh orang sebelah aku masa kita tengah berhurray-hurray....
Post kali ni aku cerita pasal 
-kapalterbang Ed Force One Iron Maiden betul2 mendarat di lapangan terbang betul2 sebelah kawasan Donington Park yang memang luas giler, seluas-luas mata memandang semuanya ialah kawasan Donington Park.

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- Ratu Elizabeth II untuk Great Britain sambut hari lahir ke 90 jadi memang rakyat Britain pun tentu suasana seronok raikan bersama,
Bruce Dickinson penyanyi Iron Maiden turut sama, waktu permulaan lagu The Trooper dia pekik ###"Happy Birthday Your Majesty!!!!".###
iron Maiden ialah band British, Steve Harris pernah cakap nak jadi ahli Iron Maiden mesti orang British.
tu pasal Michael Kiske dan Andre Matos takkan jadi penganti Bruce Dickinson suatu masa dahulu walau ceritanya Andre Matos (Angra) nye tape yang dia hantar untuk apply kerja dengan Iron Maiden ialah top 3.

Seperti apa umum tahu, Steve Harris punya top 2 ialah Blaze Bailey dan Doogie White, dan Steve nsk lari dari suara Bruce sebab tu Blaze dapat kerja jadi penyanyi Iron maiden,
dan Dougie White kemudian nyanyi untuk Rainbow Ritchie Blackmore dan sekarang Michael Schenker nye band antaranya.
dan Andre Matos dia keluar Angra (band yang Megadeth gitaris Kiko sebelum ni jugak) dan buat band Shaman yang terbit lagu Fairytale yang popular satu dunia sampai jadi tema cerita drama Korea kalau tak silap aku.

dorang memqng bangga sebagai kumpulan British , jadi sesuai sesuai sangat, kumpulan British, di tempat keramat heavy metal dan hard rock iaitu Donington Park, dengan depan 85000 majoriti British, lagu Trooper cerita kegemilangan sejarah tentera berkuda British, dengan kibaran Union Jack, dan Hari Jadi Ratu Permaisuri Elizabeth II mereka.
Ini antara sebab aku suka tengok Iron Maiden di Donington, seperti kalau  ak tengok Kumpulan Search, sila tengok dorang main di JB.
lain dia semacam...  thrill dia lain, suasana band dan sekitaran lain, cara peminat sambut pun lain, macam sambut home heroes gitu, macam ada sense of urgency, macam Ribut gitu persembahan.
dan sangat istimewa persembahan. Boleh rasa band atas stage main untuk sesuatu sangat isitimewa..

- Aku tunjuk sikit demi sedikit keadaan lumpur, hujan, dan memang seluruh tempat festival ni dah jadi BANJIR AIR LUMPUR yang membantut pergerakkan. Aku paling nervous ialah jatuh sakit dengan segala macam kuman dan bakteria dan segala NAJIS dan kotoran Manusia dan segala jenis makanan yang dibuang seberangan kat merata tempat di kaki masing2 pasal ni memang tempat DAHSYAT suasana nya dan hujan non stop memang tahap tempat ni bukan untuk semua orang. 
Paling kasihan, bebrapa kawasan perkhemahan 5 hari hancur ranap oleh hujan dan air lumpur naik melimpah, dan mereka yang datang untuk Hari Ahad beribu2 orang untuk saksikan band2 hari Ahad dan Iron Maiden tak dapat teruskan perjalanan dengan kenderaan masing2 dan terpaksa pulang dengan hampa kerana jam teruk dari jalanraya menuju ke Donington.
Aku naik bas awam khas jadi memang ada jalanraya semua ditutup kecuali untuk bas awam yang bawa beribu2 peminat sahaja,
Memang banyak komplen dalam internet, TAPI KORANG BUKAN NAK GI TENGOK KONSERT RAIHAN ATAU JAMAL ABDILLAH OK. 

- 85000  orang, Bruce atas pentas umumkan ada 85 Ribu orang yang hadir dan tentunya, antara hari Jumaat, hari Sabtu dan hari Ahad, tentunya hari yang Iron Maiden menjadi headliner tentunya adalah hari yang paling ramai orang yang hadir dengan tiket Sehari.
Macam aku, aku ada tiket untuk masuk ketiga2 hari.
Festival kali ini memang sangat dikutuk oleh ramai, kerana untuk ramai, festival Download kali ni seperti condong kepada "METAL ELITIST".

- Tidak seperti Black Sabbath, persembahan Maiden tak ditutup dengan pertunjukkan bunga-api. Cuma dendangan lagu "Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life" yang berkumandang di speakers.
- Iron Maiden, seperti aku cakap tu hari, Iron Maiden kali ini sound memang lagi baik dari tahun 2013 yang aku jugak hadir di Donington, tapi 2013 bukan salah sound-man tapi kerana angin kencang dan hujan turun waktu Maiden beraksi.
Kali ini sound memang ok, tapi takde PUNCH sebagaimana sound Black Sabbath pada hari Sabtu. Black Sabbath punya sound hari Sabtu... AKU KAGUM!!!!. Mungkin di posisi aku berdiri memang aku dapat sound terbaik, pasal ni semua nasib.. 70 ribu, 80 ribu orang kat padang terbuka dengan angin kencang, hujan lebat, dan Black Sabbath dari lagu keempat Into The Void memang hujan turun sampai abis... tapi aku boleh rasa sangat ketara perbezaan sound Black Sabbath dengan Iron Maiden untuk tahun 2016 di Donington. Walau satu band headline hari Sabtu dan satu band headline hari Ahad.

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MEMANG PERTEMBUNGAN GERGASI antara headliner hari Sabtu dan Ahad..
Sebab tu, bila mula2 festival 2016 nye senarai band diumumkan, ada tiga gergasi - Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath dan Motorhead (sebelum kematian Lemmy),
terus Judas Priest punya penyanyi terus cakap dia nak Judas Priest pun ambil bahagian pasal semua GERGASI ROCK Inggeris beraksi untuk Donington 2016 dan dia nak Judas Priest ambil bahagian jugak.

Semestinya, dari tahun 1980, sejak Monsters Of Rock pertama beraksi... 
dan sememangnye, segala band rock dan heavy metal beraksi di Donington, dan seperti Metallica, cita2 mereka ialah untuk beraksi di Donington, dan pertama kali berjaya dapat tempat ialah tahun 1985, dan segala rakaman2 video yang mengujakan, dan aku paling tak boleh lupa video2 Sepultura beraksi di Donington tahun 1994 yang sangat mengujakan...

Maka tu pasal, walaupun tak ramai orang suka Donington, dengan keadaan boleh sampai 90,000-100,000 orang, yang camping lain, yang datang harian lain, tapi tempat ni sangat positif vibe dia, pasal aku rasa semua orang satu kepala, baik yang muda, atau yang tua.

Dan nanti aku akan kongsi pelan2... aku suka kemudahan untuk orang2 OKU , orang cacat berkerusi roda, orang buta, orang tua perlukan pertolongan, dan sebagainya cuma kalau hujan lebat, hujan ribut, lumpur teruk, banjir air lumpur terus melumpuhkan segala fasiliti yang disiapkan.
Dan sini makanan macam2, nanti aku tunjuk kedai2 makan jugak lain kali. HAHA.

Ok, design event tshirt untuk Iron Maiden Download Festival Donington Park dan Paris kedua2 nye kongsi satu tshirt, 
penuh bermakna TAHUN 1815 DAHULU , PERANCHIS DAN INGGERIS BERPERANG DI WATERLOO, DENGAN GENERAL MASING2 IALAH NAPOLEON DAN WELLINGTON, DAN SEKARANG IRON MAIDEN DAN DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL SATUKAN MEREKA KEMBALI DUA DUA GENERAL DAN NEGARA DAH DAMAI KERANA IRON MAIDEN HEADLINE FESTIVAL INI UNTUK KEDUA2 NEGARA.
dan ACDC nye event tshirt untuk Manchester 2016 yang juga sangat detailed design dia. ok dah tu je cakap Melayu.. sambung gambar... untuk Iron Maiden dulu la, lain lain kali.

Apa pun, persembahan Iron Maiden memang dahsyat. Tv di England dah tunjuk proshot 2 lagu iaitu Book of Souls dan Blood Brothers,
dan dari segi persembahan  dari suara dan permainan dan on stage punye pergerakkan semua terbaik.
ada satu HD quality video dah masuk kat youtube, lepas beberapa jam, terus kena katup. Haha.
mungkin rakaman2 dari kamera2 Donington akan digunakan untuk live dvd rasmi.





About 30 mins before Maiden plays..

85,000 fans..
 as announced by Bruce on stage.
This is the front direction view, back direction view, and in unholy mudwater flood of Donington which sinks your shoes buried deep.



But.., the downside.. or as Bruce says on stage, Downpour Festival..
By SUNDAY EVENING, CONTINUOUS RAIN AND SERIOUSLY HORRIBLE HORRIBLE CONDITIONS HAD TRANSFORMED DONINGTON'S DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL ENVIRONMENT INTO THIS TYPE OF SITUATION.
 ITS NOT really ROCK N ROLL if everyone cannot enjoy it fully isnt it? AS I LOVE DONINGTON download AND HELLFEST festivals due to I ENJOY SEEiNG EVERYONE, 
THOSE WITH WHEELCHAIRS 
AND SUPPORTS FOR ALL KINDS OF DISABILITIES,
 the Blind, 
the old, the young kids,
the less mobile needed to be assisted by love ones,
 HAVING A GREAT TIME AS MUCH AS EVERYONE ELSE AND THEY GOT THE BEST VIEWS ALWAYS. BUT THIS YEAR WAS NOT WHAT I HAD ENCOUNTERED BEFORE. The weather was horrible and I think the organisers are overwhelmed. 
But they make their money for sure. LoL.


first a view of the 2016 version of the Ed Force One used by Iron Maiden for their travels.

If you take the special buses that leads to Donington Park, the area for alighting and boarding of buses is at a huge carpark besides the Midland Airport.
And there was Ed Force One.
I took this photo on Saturday when they arrived at about noon as Maiden headline and closes the festival on Sunday.


Ok, just took some pics for Remembrance sake..

Two photos summarise Bruce, Dave, Adrian, Janick , Steve and lastly Nicko I think buried somewhere under that drumkit.



BRUCE WAS EXCELLENT.

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anyone seen the BBC or whatever British TV channel footage that shows the PRO-SHOT of Book Of Souls and Blood Brothers in Download Donington 2016?

Book of Soul was amazing, especially after it kicks in to the fast section of the song. The solos, and This is wwhen the Walk On Eddie will appear on stage,
and lots of nice Nicko drumming footage from at least two different close up cameras.

I WOULD VOTE THIS FOR A LIVE DVD FROM 2016 TOUR. LOL.******

Bruce greets "HAPPY BIRTHDAY YOUR MAJESTY!!  " at the start of The Troooper.
Bruce talks a lot, love his "if the world is run, the way Iron Maiden is run, the world would be a better place" speech before Blood Brothers and he talked about La Bataclan attack and the recent Florida attack.

He got a new costume accessrories.

A monkey doll with long arms wrapped around his neck for Death Or Glory. Seems a fan throw it on stage.

The Iron Maiden event tshirt, and since now Download Festival has a new franchise in Paris, so its a shared tshirt for both dates.
both dates and locations are on the back, and do take note the one with dates are the event tshirts that are only available on the event itself.

Buying this tshirt on the official website do not have the dates, locations printed.

Napoleon and Wellington since the Waterloo battle between the French and British Armies are now friends, thats to Iron Maiden, Eddie, and the Download Festivsl Mascot.
very nice pretty beautiful colourful tshirt.

The tshirt design front and back, with a close up details of French famous General Bonaparte Napoleon and General Wellington I believe.

With famous landmarks. Very complicated and fanciful.
eiffel tower,
and is that the R101 from Empire of the Clouds.




This is something I had forgotten,
this is for ACDC Manchester 2016 event tshirt as I had forgotten to show earlier
and again a close up showing the detailed Eithad Stadium and the ACDC cannon.
with a tiny print We Salute You.




Next when I got time, I will blog about more of Download Festival, also the 11 days Rocking Euope Alone Backpacking trip is not only for some heavy metal and hard rock happiness, but include some bequtiful moments like the amazing small towns and villages along the Rhine River.



And also more bands.., and all the muddy fields..

Nightwish...



Sharon Osbourne's Black Sabbath


But I must say I like her drummer. LOL.
but it would be nice the final time get Bill Wards just for one song one more time.
it would make the world very happy.

To be continued and continued...

LONG LIVE BELINDA CARLISLE!!!






Thursday, June 23, 2016

(refleksi Ramadhan masa rocking kat europe minggu lepas) - UNEXPECTED RESPONSE to my RAINBOW posting and reflections on Ramadhan while doing my Rockin Europe 2016 backpacking trip.

(kasi aku cakap omputeh dulu, lepas tu aku nak cerita2 sikit cakap melayu kat bawah)

Firstly,
I dont know what happened but seems past few days a crazy amount of visitors to this blog from all over the world due to my Rainbow posting.

I dont know how my blog post and this blog which roughly if I am lucky about less than 10 people visit a month (LOL!!!) suddenly got that traffic. A happy surprise.
I hope I gave a fair opinion and nice pretty photos that I took of RAINBOW newest version ever to play live for the very first time in Lorelei Germany.

I am very honoured to witness this performance.

I will continue my reports and pretty photos next time... all the other shows and nice pretty pictures of my Whirlwind 11 Days little sleep Rocking Europe 2016 Backpacking Alone Trip by planes/trains/and buses thousands and thousands of km from South East Asia, and with lots of help from people on the streets to guide me along the way.
Here is one photo for this post,
some pretty event tshirts...




Anyway, its being the month of Ramadhan,
I just want to say its an amazing and a lifetime memories experiencing Ramadhan IN THE MOST UNHOLY OF PLACES, IN THE MOST UNHOLY OF LIKE-MINDED CRAZY LUNATIC MUSIC FANS AROUND ME..

But that is where all the sweetness of fellow human beings come to the forefront.

Truly, heavy metal, heavy rock and hard rock fans are the best in the whole world.


Semasa Iron Maiden tengah main di Donington, dalam keadaan lumpur teruk, lumpur air yang dalam yang tenggelamkan kasut dan seluar..
DENGAN 85,000 peminat (ini jumlah yang diumumkan Bruce atas pentas)...

Sebelah aku ialah tak dinafikan seorang HARDCORE. Jadi memang hurray2 la, pasal sekaki kan.

So, masa lagu Blood Brothers, dia peluk aku, so nyanyi kuat2 giler2 la, aku tak tahu dia mabuk ke tak la, tapi tak berbau la, aku pulak dah bukak puasa makan kurma (HAHAH aku standby kurma dalam poket haha), so aku punye energy tenaga pun kira boleh rock n roll all nite la kira kat Donington pasal tu malam terakhir.

So dia masa peluk aku dia tanya aku dari mana?
Aku jawab la..

KEBETULAN, Bruce Dickinson atas stage tengah berceloteh pasal serangan di LA BATACLAN tahun lepas kan.
So aku bisik kat member sebelah ni la, "I am a Muslim".
Terus dia cakap...
"Then I LOVE YOU TWICE AS MUCH BROTHER, because Islam means Peace".

Aku terharu, ni dia paling giler la kat keliling aku masa tu, dia paling giler babi dia punye reaksi kat Maiden tengah beraksi...
tapi dia terkejutkan aku dengan kata2 mutiara dia, sewaktu sekeliling semua dalam keadaan tak terkawal dengan Iron Maiden tengah beraksi di pentas utama DONINGTON.


Apa aku nak cakap, mungkin peminat2 heavy metal, peminat2 muzik rock, dorang paham....

Yang tak paham, ialah ni segala puaka dalam dunia ni yang kuasai MASS-MEDIA, yang kuasai POLITIK, yang kuasai PANGKAT, YANG PANDAI PUTAR BELIT AGAMA DAN WARNA KULIT dan MENGETUAI MASYARAKAT..

Macam kat Bruce atas pentas, kalau la, DUNIA INI DITADBIRKAN, SEBAGAIMANA KUMPULAN IRON MAIDEN BERFUNGSI,
tentu dunia ni lebih aman sentosa... 



Lagi satu masa aku di Sankt Goar, satu perkampungan kecil pasal aku duduk sana pasal aku nak tengok Rainbow di Loreley..
Ni kampung sebelah Sungei Rhine.

Dan memang pure German la. Takde kulit2 lain, semua memang rakyat Jerman kulit putih yang macam kita nampak kat filem2 perang zaman dulu.

Tuan Rumah sound kat aku, kenapa aku tak bangun awal pergi dapur ada sarapan boleh la makan,

Aku cakap la aku puasa. ( I AM FASTING).

Korang tahu apa dia cakap " Yesterday, I HAD DINNER WITH MY FRIEND AND I HAD TO WAIT TILL 9.45 AT NIGHT SO I CAN START EATING AS HE IS ALSO FASTING"

Aku cakap kat korang yang baca ni la...

Sebagai orang yang tongong, bodoh, dan sangat jahil agama sampai aku tak tahu baca doa makan,

tapi saat tu, aku rasa sangat besar kuasa Allah, ni aku kat Sankt Goar, aku tengah berbual dengan seorang Jerman yang baru malam sebelum nya, makan malam lambat hanya kerana nak makan bersama seorang kawan yang sedang berpuasa.


Anyway, ni aku bukan tulis2 ni nak tunjuk aku baik ke, hapa ke ok, pasal memang sedia maklum, blog ni, dan jugak tuan tanah blog ni iaitu aku sentiasa setan2 bertenggek atas kepala..

Tapi, aku cuma nak cakap, kalau kita nak carik agama....  kalau kita fikir balik, betapa agung nye agama kita, kat tempat2 kita tak sangka...

Dan aku kat sana nak headbanging kat sesetengah band, dan senyum memanjang telinga ke telinga kat band2 lain beraksi kat tempat2 pelik, seberang sungei Rhine pukul 1 pagi dalam gelap pun aku redah naik feri kecik.

tapi bayangkan umat Islam di sana yang perlu kerja, perlu jalankan tanggungjawab harian dalam musim Summer, musim panas dengan puasa dari 2.30pagi gitu sampai 9.30malam..
lebih kurang 19 jam puasa...


So tu la, kalau fikirkan memang dahsyat...

Dan bila tengok notis kat bilik sembahyang prayer room Manchester airport, ada notis jemput semua muslimin dan bukan muslimin,
semua orang tak kira agama, iftar sama2...

Menakjubkan sangat orang2 Islam punya kekuatan dan keprihatinan terhadap dan oleh orang Islam di eropah. Betapa kuat daya mental dan semangat kemasyarakatan mereka.

Nanti la aku cerita2 lagi.



Thats about it, Selamat berpuasa, dan buat apa yang patut hahaha...

LONG LIVE ROCK N ROLL!!!!!!!!!



















Sunday, June 19, 2016

Ritchie Blackmore's RAINBOW 17 June 2016 @ Loreley Germany. (full report and photos plus the opening bands)

***(Warning - as usual my blog is written in a chaotic unorganised way. I dont really planned or re-checked it after typing, Sorry but hope you enjoy it)***

This is my observation, review, photos and report on Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow 2016 lineup first ever show in Loreley Freilichtbuehre Germany.
Firday 17 June 2016.

- RAINBOW plays from about 9 to 10.50PM

opening acts for this Monsters of Rock show were
-Thin Lizzy Anniversary Show All Star Band plays from about 5.30 to 6.40PM
-Manfred Mann's Earth Band plays from 7.20 to 8.20PM

Loreley being on top of a mountain besides the Rhine River in the vicinity of Sankt Goar and Sankt Goahausen is Not exactly an easy place to access and leave for an outsider not familiar at all with the envirronment,
 But surely its a spectacular AWESOME open air location on top of a hill with meaningful classical, historical importance to the Germans.







The stage is remiscent of the mid 70s Rainbow across the stage.


This band means so much to me that I cancelled to see more Iron Maiden shows in europe around Donington's period and switch my backpacking alone thousands of km from home for the one and only Rainbow.

The band that amazed me since my childhood living in a village in South East Asia long long ago and certainly thousands and thousands of kilometres away from rocking Europe.
Basically Temple of The King lyrics was my way of learning English as a small kid.

So spending money, travelling to unknown places, is more of me paying tribute to  Ritchie Blackmore and his contributions. to the world of music that we all love in the past, present and future.

My first view of Loreley Open Air location for music performances.
simply incredible and its on top of the mountain besides the huge , big, wide, long never ending, powerful, scary Rhine River.


People by 4PM was all standing up on the stone seats thats on the Loreley concert area.
simply a marvellous historical place, and it seems that wherever you stand or in other cases when everyone seats, you should get a view of the stage.
By later its all crazily crowded.
squeezed tight. RAINBOW FANS ALL TURNED UP OLD AND YOUNG AND IN BETWEEN , MEN AND WOMEN.



Ok - definitely whatever Ronnie Romero has to say or his style of perfoming as a Rainbow fronttman MUST HAVE THE BLESSING OF HIS MASTER - RITCHIE BLACKMORE. 
on the song Man On The Silver Mountain, Ronnie Romero asked the audience "do you know who's the man on the mountain?".
The answer according to Ronie Romero is "RONNIE DIO IS THE MAN ON THE MOUNTAIN."
the way I see it, this is Ritchie Blackmore's approved tribute to Ronnie James Dio. Maybe this is as close as ever the man in black shows his affection for Ronnie James Dio.

Ok.
the setlist as the way I look at it.
I bootlegged the show by the way on audio as usual.

1. Usual classical music I dont know the title.
2. Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Band kicks in)
3. HIGHWAY STAR
4. SPOTLIGHT KID 
5. MISTREATED
6. SINCE YOU BEEN GONE
7. MAN ON THE SILVER MOUNTAIN
8. CATCH THE RAINBOW 
9. DIFFICULT TO CURE (Ritchie exit to leave a Bass/Drum/Keyboards Jam).
10. PERFECT STRANGERS
11. CHILD IN TIME (Ritchie plays few seconds of WOMAN FROM TOKYO near ending).
12. LONG LIVE ROCK N ROLL (audience thought its going to be Black Night and sings the tune till Romero says its for later)
13. STARGAZER (infinity ending....it goes on forever.. yes dreams come true).
14. BLACK NIGHT
15. SMOKE ON THE WATER

My Observations...

- people from all over  the world, personally I chat with two seperate pairs of Scotland fans and two seperate pairs of Japanese.
- Chile flags all over. Romero mention Spanish fans. I think Ukraine fans were shouting out their country's name.
- an "Iran loves Ritchie Blackmore" was raised somewhere that I saw.
If IRAN is Represented, basically the whole world surely would have been there. LOL.

- Ronnie informs he called Ritchie "master". Ritchie occasionally approaches Romero to whisper or correct things or just confuses Romero up.
I think its the usual Ritchie PRANKS to wind up the occasion.
there was a part where Romero announce the setlist was rearrange, but then they did continue with Catch The Rainbow,
Ritchie was already bringing the setlist paper and have an on stage discussion on the next song to play with Romero.
besides that, Ritchie does come up to Romero when Romero was addressing the audience and kind of winds up Romero.

but all in good fun... LOL.


Ronnie Romero for me, when he talks he reminds me of Klaus Meine. But when he sings of course the Ronnie James Dio similarity cannot be avoided. But theres only one Ronnie and its always Ronnie James Dio.

he really can sing.
He reminds me of what it would be like if Ronnie James Dio had sung Spotlight Kid insteads of joe Lynn Turner.
I think the whole night, there was only one hesitation that i think Romero was in, after the solo of Smoke On The Water.
He did brilliantly this guy.
RITCHIE SHIULD RECORD A RAINBOW ALBUM, I MEAN A STUDIO ALBUM, WITH THIS CURRENT BAND.

-Jens Johansson is a Dio band member alumni  so no issues there, LOL.
-Bob Noveau is amazing, and really is the best dresser for the evenjng.
-David Keith drum set up is I think humble for the headliner especially when JUDAS PRIEST SCOTT TRAVIS played with Thin Lizzy earlier. LoL.

(And please, dont expect a Cozy Powell or a Ian Paice clone or copycat.)

This is how Ritchie Blackmore wants it to be. So let it be. Just thankful Ritchie is playing rock again and its simply magical evening just to be in the audience.

THE SOUND WAS BRILLIANT THE WHOLE NIGHT.
 -the crew members keep going up on stage before the show starts to make adjustments on the instruments and equipments.

Candice Night is there. Backing vocals...
i think her partner was named Christina or something.

Ritchie Blackmore can talk. LOL.
HE HIMSELF SAYS HE JUST LEARN HOW TO TALK,
I did not know Ritchie can talk on stage?
he was introducing ROMERO after Romero had introduced other band members.

Romero earlier during band introductions called the Bassist a NOBODY but the coolest guy ever.

At the final song, which Rainbow plays their usual style before it ends up rocking this time, the start of SOTW has a loud fireworks display.




Now, Most important ,
The songs...

-Child In Time was a tour de force. About 10mins long
-Difficult To Cure was a 13 minute extra ordinary performance like I say inclusive of the above mentioned Jam.
-Stargazer was like infinity ending, Romero did not sings " my eyes are bleeding,.." other than that its just like my dream of how Stargazer should be live really comes true.

7 Rainbow songs of which 4 origins with Ronnie James Dio, one each from Graham Bonnet and Joe Lynn Turner era, and an instrumental.
6 songs from Deep purple.

NO BURN,
NO KILL THE KING.

But over 100 minutes of Ritchie Blackmore using the moniker Rainbow, playing Rainbow and Deep purple songs. Never thought this day could ever happen but it.

********Enough Ritchie and the band improvisations and guitar extended solos to make it extra special evening...

And certainly thats what the fans want.

As usual people on the internet will bitch about the setlist, will bitch about everything.
but its ok. The fans who are there, those around me seems happy.

Imagine if the band stays together and does more shows and rehearsals together. They will be so much more awesome.

One of the great moments of rock history this one, Ritchie blackmore have his old band name come again although with new musicians.

More photos ..

Jamming part by Bassist, keyboardist and drummer minus Ritchie during Difficult To cure Beethoven song.




+×+×+×+× Lets switch attention awhile to the opening acts before we go back to RAINBOW,

Now the opening bands.
Manfred Mann's & Earth Band.
I dont know
ow what to expect but they are skilled professionals.




In case annyone wondering, Manfed Mann is the player on the keyboards.
the band is superb, some beautiful songs.

Deifinitely a band I want to check out. Some superb instrumental sections of songs too.


+×+×+×+× next... another opening act before I continue about Rainbow


THIN LIZZY or

BLACK STAR RIDERS WITH AEROSMITH WITH JUDAS PRIEST ALL STARS.

Scott Gorham is a Thin Lizzy member and so is the keyboards player.
Ricky Warwick is another Black Star Riders member, ex Almighty and a Northern Ireland born. So he kinds of fit Phil Lynott style.

The 2nd guitarist Damon Johnson is also a BSR.
And remember Black Star Riders only got its name after Scott Gorham wants to records new songs with the current lineup of Thin Lizzy.

Add to that Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton
plus Scott Travis of Judas Priest.
Its supposed to be Mickey Dee from Motorhead as the posters display to advertise  the shows,

Thin Lizzy current anniversary lineup plays over an hour of all their famous songs, plus Black Rose, a traditional Irish song.

WHISKEY in the Jar is the last song.
They also plays Massacre and also Angel of Death.
two songs surely very familiar with Iron Maiden fans especially knowing Iron Maiden had recorded Angel Of Death during the Dance Of Death album studio sessions but never released till now.



During I forgot which song, maybe Boys Are Back in Town

There was a
"Lets sing for Mr Gary Moore" & "lets sing for Mr Phil Lynott" Moment,

I remember the Thin Lizzy has a rocking start and middle portion of the show, but when it comes near the end with the Cowboy Song, Black Rose and Whiskey in the Jar , I find the last parts are a bit touching and emotional.

A great show by the current interpretations of Thin Lizzy with their greatest hits and popular songs sections,
and also Manfred Manns Earth band,

Back to Rainbow..

The ending...

Ritchie kneels in front ofnthe stage to the audience after the last song

Then Candice and fellow backup singer joins in for photos.

When the band turns around for photo with the audience taken by Ritchie Blackmore's guitar tech,
Ritchie was no where around.






Divert the topic awhile to Loreley itself before I finish of with a Ritchie photo alone on stage,

Lets have a quick HOW TO GO TO LORELEY FOR A MUSIC CONCERT AND HOW TO RETURN FROM LORELEY BACK TO SANKT GOAR.
I slept at Sankt Goar.
I took the 10 minute interval ferry which runs early morning till night to cross over to Sankt Goarhausen.
- For days with concerts in Loreley,

DO TAKE NOTE THE FERRIES WILL RUN TILL VERY LATE.
MORE BUSES WILL SUPPORT THE AUDIENCE TO GO DOWN THE MOUNTAIN.

share with you what happened during the Rainbow show,
Going to the show is not a problem, you can ssk around where to take the bus, and there is an information counter near to the ferry terminal at Sankt Goarhausen.
the bus will brings you up hill the mountain to Loreley if you dont want to walk and climb the mountain yourself.

After the Rainbow show, there are thousands of people outside the amphitheater which is I think built in the 1930s.
THERE are a lot of people camping and on caravan but also thousands waiting for buses to bring them downhill back to Sankt Goarhausen and the ferry station to cross River Rhine.
I was at the back of the queue and lucky for me the buses arrived and they opened the doors at the back of the long long horrible queue of a thousand and more people.

Going downhill was total darkness and lots of people climb down the hills by walking the slopes.

I Cross river Rhine by ferry to sankt Goar, AT ABOUT 1 AM IN THE MORNING in still of the night IN DARKNESS,
SO NOT TO WORRY.
YOU JUST GETNREADY SOME MONEY,
BUS TO Loreley is about 2.95 euro per direction and you can buy a return trip but the buses on way back, its hell and a crazy lunatic rush, so no worries about tickets LOL.

The ferry, yes they will check.. so, better keep your tickets handy if you already buy a return trip. AGAIN about same price.

So no worries. Worst case scenario, if the ferry is no more, just hang around for a few hours in Sankt goarhausen till the morning comes.

But its cold. Its summer but its still cold... I am not use to this kind of weather. LoL.

Last but not least,

Some Ritchie alone moment on stage,
when he returns furst to finish of SOTW if I am not wrong before the rest joins in. Or isnit to start SOTW.
I FORGOT. I TAPED THE SHOW, BUT LETS hear THE BETTER QUALITY bootlegs OUT THERE,





Ok one more time, the event  tshirts for Monsters of Rock Germany with Rainbow, and also Rainbow event tshirts for this 3 live performances of the new Rainbow,




I am sure we will have very good complete audio bootlegs of all 3 ofthe Rainbow ahows soon,

till then Long Live rock N Roll.



Now lets see if Stuttgart or Birmingham gets to sing KILL THE KING.

Happy Ramadhan.