Friday, September 15, 2017

Masjid Al Rahma Mosque, Liverpool & more Iron Maiden live photos (Book of Soul UK Tour 2017)


Salam and Greetings (as usual first in English then in Bahasa Melayu Malay Language)
LOTS OF PHOTOS on this posting till the end of the post.

While backpacking alone for the Iron Maiden Book Of Soul UK Tour, travelling by long distance buses and trains,
I take the opportunity to walk around and explore the cities and places I went to.

So on one of the Friday, I was already in Liverpool and take the opportunity to attend Friday Prayers at the Central Liverpool Mosque called Al-Rahma Mosque.
I took a slow walk of about 30 minutes to absorb the surrounding and Liverpool environment walking to the mosque from the bustling city centre of Liverpool.

So here are some photos of the place...

Full of different colour skin and languages of peoples from all over the world, understandable as this is England, the UK. Coming from my part of the world, its easy to identify Muslims from Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.
The sermon of course was in English. The Khatib was not using any script, he got the positive messages across very well, it was near to Ramadhan then.

So here are the photos of the mosque building from outside, the inside, the ablution location, , the main prayer hall and all that.

To get a close up view of the pulpit, I waited till majority of the Friday Prayer Congregation had dispersed.















I hope to go again...




And now an Iron Maiden photo before the Malay Language text and then lots more photos till the end. There may be repetition from previous photos in previous blogs postings but I hope not.
The photos are from different shows. (I think) LOL!!



Hi semua...

ok apa aku nak cakap eh...

ok....

So masa tengok Iron Maiden main tu hari kat bebebeberapa tempat kat Britain... England, Wales, Scotland..

SO memang aku ronda la sorang2 lorong2 ke hapa ke, semua aku rembat je, insyallah takde apa2 la. haha. Macam aku cakap, pakai tshirt Iron Maiden adalah paspot kebaikan di negara2 barat.

Kalau kat sini, kau pakai tshirt Iron Maiden, memang kena chop kat dahi, macam kau dah fit a certain character profiling, macam mereka-mereka tahu je la kan sapa dia nak tahan mintak tengok IC.

So,
Masa Jumaat aku dah sampai Liverpool dari Aberdeen, aku masih ingat aku naik keretapi Tujuh jam tukar keretapi 3 kali kot, tapi ok la, sana sistem semua tersusun, tak yah bimbang, ikut jadual je, turun kat bandar mana pekan mana, gi platform berapa tunggu je ikut waktu nanti konfem keretapi kau nak akan sampai....
Permandangan pun cantik..

OK post ni aku tunjuk, aku nak gi semayang jemaat, solat jumaat kat Liverpool.

(OK, ni bukan nak menunjuk ok?? Atau nak bilang aku ni konon baik ke hapa k, aku bukan nye betul pun kan..), aku cuma nak kongsi je la informasi untuk sapa belum berpeluang lagi kan...

So aku jalan kaki, memang cantik pemandangan, bangunan2 klassik, memang best la kan... Liverpool memang terbaik dan special. Aku dapat rasa berapa tempat la kan..
Aku ada jugak la merasa berlainan tempat di UK sikit2 tu ada la, dan aku dah sampai dari atas tu Aberdeen tu dan paling bawah Portsmouth dan Isle Of Wight. 
Dan memang Liverpool sangat unik, 
tempat nya, dan orang nya... budak2 sekolah pakai dressing dan rambut macam James Dean.



OK so aku jalan jalan jalan tu gi masjid, aku hirup pemandangan dan udara, so aku pun sampai kawasan Masjid.
Nama Masjid ni Al-Rahma. Macam aku cakap kat atas aku hegeh hegeh ada la 30 minit, jalan stop jalan stop kan tengok tu ni.
So kat masjid ni, masuk je aku dah nampak orang orang Melayu.

Memang kelakar pun ada..

Kat Singapore, kat Malaysia tak sapa orang Melayu la kan, buat apa nak sapa Melayu, merata ye tak?

Tapi kat sana, nampak je Melayu pakai kain pelikat, nampak je muka Melayu hidung penyek.. Ye la Melayu hidung penyek apa...

Aku siap tegur " MELAYU EH?? " haha.. Serious, ada satu orang tua ni, aku tak tahu apa nak panggil dia, datok? Pakcik? Tuan? Encik? So aku pilih panggil Abang, kasi angkat sikit la kan hahaha...

Dahsyat dia dah duduk Liverpool dari tahun 1960 or 61. Siak ah dia kat sana masa zaman Beatles.
Terharu dia peluk aku dia tanya aku " MELAYU???"

Gitulah... Takkan Melayu Hilang Di Dunia, Sama Macam dengan ROCK NEVER DIE!!!

So dia cerita asal usul dia kat aku, Penang, KL, apa je la dia lahir kat mana semua,  dan pasal bang azan lambat lagi so ada la dia share story dia,, 
so then aku jumpa Melayu la... Dari Malaysia dari Singapore.. haha...
Biasalah semua dulu orang Navy kan, lepas tu merantau.. semua landing Liverpool tak balik la.
Balik Singapore, balik Malaysia pun jumpa sedara mara keluarga je.
Tapi kan... dorang tanya aku kat Liverpool buat apa?
takkan aku cakap aku backpack tengok Iron Maiden main kan?
so...

Aku cakap aku tengok persembahan budaya.. .. aku memang pakai tshirt Iron Maiden, tapi pasal masuk masjid aku zip up tutup dengan jaket aku. 

So seronok seronok sangat dan aku tahu dorang seronok berbual melayu dengan aku

Aku seperti biasa seorang bastard.. aku suka tanya " INGAT DAN TAHU CAKAP MELAYU LAGI KE?? " haha.

So ni la kat atas ni beberapa foto suasana solat Jumaat dan selepas solat. Ye la ramai orang takkan aku nak snap foto. tapi ada foto foto tempat ambil wuduk istinjak , sama jugak England ke, UK ke, apa ke sama jugak ngan konsep kita.. takde beza la...
Satu dunia orang Islam sama je, tak kira kulit dan bahasa.. kita semua sama... Itulah kekuatan Orang Islam, pasal kita semua sama je dari corok mana pun kau kat mana2..

Aku tak pernah percaya apa mass media cakap, bila aku tengok Rainbow main kat Jerman kat Loreley masa Ramadhan 2016 dan ada orang Jerman tu cakap cerita kat aku masa borak2 dia makan dinner lambat pasal kawan dia berpuasa dan nak tunggu 9.30 malam buka, 
bila dalam keadaan huru hara banjir lumpur hujan turun, 80,000 peminat tengok Iron Maiden main kat Donington 2016 , orang sebelah aku peluk2 aku cakap "Then I love you twice as much because Islam means Peace" masa Iron Maiden tengah main bila aku provoke dia masa kita pekik2 kat telinga satu sama lain pasal tengah gamat kecoh suasana Maiden tengah main, dalam keadaan tonggang terbalik dia tanya aku dari mana dan aku nasik tambah info yang aku orang Islam.. saja nak test market..  (NI SEMUA AKU PERNAH CERITA DONINGTON FESTIVAL 2016 NYE POSTINGS)

aku tak pedulik apa mass media cakap, siapa yang racun kan hubungan orang Islam dan bukan Islam, dan memang ramai dua dua pihak suka racun meracun masyarakat untuk benci membenci , tapi.. pasal untuk aku yang penting peminat2 heavy metal dan heavy rock dan band2 rock dan heavy metal semua takde  masalah dan takde tanggapan negatif kat agama Islam aku alright je pasal this is my kind of crowd la kan. Lain2 tu gi relak one corner sua.

Dan memang people on the street Insyallah tahu apa terjadi.. dorang pun macam kita jugak, tahu mass media dan hasutan internet sebar kebencian ni semua putar belit je.

SO sambung balik...
Khatib tak pakai skrip... berbual style Will Smith...
Tu jam nak masuk Ramadhan kan Iron Maiden nye UK Tour, so khatib ni sound la pasal Ramadhan, kalau sakit ke, travel ke, apa ke.. ada keistimewaan Allah dah beri...
macam2 la dia cakap..
Heran nya aku boleh paham... pasal dia gunakan bahasa mudah dan cara penyampain yang sangat mudah dihadam dan macam Will Smith siak dia nye bahasa haha.

Aku nak tergelak pun ada.
" TAKE IT EASY MAN, YOU ALL TAKE IT EASSZZYY...
RAMADHAN IS A MONTH OF RAHMAH (RAHMAT).
NOT A TORTURE.!!
IF YOU SEE PEOPLE TRAVELLING AND THEY ARE EATING..
DON'T YOU ROLL YOUR EYES AT THEM!!!!"
(Sambil dia sendiri pusing kan mata buat jelingan gitu)...
Dia cakap pasal solat jamak la apa la, .. anugerah Allah kenapa kita manusia elak padahal tu anugerah untuk sekian sekian peristiwa kita sedang lakukan.
semua nye sama, standard operating procedure SOP la kan umat Islam satu dunia.

So tu la... ni semua pengalaman dan pengajaran ye tak.... terutama untuk orang cam aku. (MUAHAAHAHA!!! - KETAWA JIN)

nanti aku cerita2 lagi... entah bila game nya...

OK layan foto foto kat bawah ni... ni semua merata tempat la, aku pun dah tak fikir mana show mana show..


Dave Murray, Janick Gers dan Adrian Smith... the 3 amigos..



Bruce Dickinson and Adrian Smith have a new hilarious action during the last two chorus of Wasted Years with Bruce monkeying around with Adrian's mic.
When Adrian is suppose to do backing vocals for this song....






Climb Like A Monkey... Bruce with his monkey mask presenting Dave Murray with a banana for Dave solo during this song...




Janick Gers with the amazing ending solo of Blood Brothers, when the whole world eyes will be on him...


Steve Harris face... haha.


TO be continued.... once completed I will retitle all these Maiden UK 2017 to proper labels..

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Mr Big - RLS 113 Sendai Official Bootleg Nov 8, 2014 double cd - review

Salam and greetings to all. 
As usual first in English, then in Malay Language - Bahasa Melayu. 
I have no time to resize my UK Iron Maiden 2017 British Tour backpacking photos,
so until then, lets entertain other things. (Lots of packaging photos on this post).

From Kreator live review to now showing off the double cd Japan only - MR BIG R.L.S 113 SENDAI OFFICIAL BOOTLEG NOVEMBER 8 , 2014.




after opening... the cute obi strip....
Two booklets,
one colour photos booklet,
the other is text booklets complete with all lyrics in English and Japanese.



(more photos of packaging below)

So a few things special about this album...

- Its an OFFICIAL BOOTLEG.
Its stated Produced by Mr Big but I suspect its very minimum production and basically it sounds like any Fan-Collection Bootleg which is sourced from the Soundboard Recording.
But still the sound is absolutely nice if you are into Mr Big or even if you never hear of Mr Big, this is a very fascinating live album.

- R.L.S 113 - stands for Raw Like Sushi.
Mr Big has some Japanese only release live albums which is entitled Raw Like Sushi, so this is basically the one labelled 113. On this same tour (supporting The Stories We Could Tell album in 2014) is already a full live album with the full blue ray recorded in Tokyo or something. That one is entitled R.L.S 114.

This tour is also where Matt Starr comes into the picture, Pat Torpey is more to percussions and backing vocals and taking the lead on Judas Priest Living After Midnight cover.
But Pat Torpey still drums on some songs.
*Amazing how the band take care of their unwell drummer*

- Sendai 
I guess Mr Big release this special live 2cd official bootleg album, is because finally they get to play for their fans in SENDAI, which was hard hit by the Earthquake and the Tsunami of 2011. 

- This album has live versions of songs from ..What If and ... Stories We Could Tell..
For myself, I kind of prefer Mr Big live albums as its so exciting.
Anyway, they are coming again to South East Asia.... going to see them play in Singapore this October, wishing I could go to the Kuala Lumpur show too..  

- The packaging of this album reminds me of those early 1990s Italian bootleg companies which print professional bootleg cds of high quality fans recordings or soundboard sources like companies like the famous K.T.S (Kiss The Stone) label.

A really good buy...  whether you are into Mr Big or even if never hear of Mr Big before...

And for their live shows, just bite the bullet and buy a ticket, even if you never know them, it will be magical once they perform on stage. And.. you will be surprisingly impressed by the quality of their songs live too.




(more photos till end of blog)




Hi Semua...

Ingat nak cerita sambungan Iron Maiden, tapi aku malas nak resize photos.
Aku tak suka terus tampal photos nanti blog aku makin berat.

So dari ulasan Kreator buat persembahan live minggu lepas ke menunjukkan bungkusan Mr Big Official Live Bootleg - 2cd rakaman dari 2014 Sendai Jepun.

Ni macam aku cakap atas dinamakan R.L.S 113, kerana Mr Big ni kat Jepun dorang keluarkan album2 live khas dan RLS ni sambungan nya, RLS tu maknanya Raw Like Sushi.

Live album ni sebenarnya dari show2 Mr Big tahun 2014 yang support album baru waktu tu album.. Stories We Could Tell.
Jadi antara sebab aku beli cd ni aku nak simpan koleksi live2 version dari album2 What If dan Stories We Could Tell,
pasal Mr Big live ni istimewa sangat. Tak bedek... Aku tak tipu...  Satu pengalaman menarik tengok Mr Big Live.
Sama macam tengok kumpulan Toto beraksi.
Macam.. cakap macam.. Biar Betik... apa nye persembahan ni, dan lagu2 mereka gerek.. dengar sekali first time pun dah suka... dan showmanship memang power jugak..

Aku tak tipu...

So bungkusan ni jugak tiru macam sapa2 dulu beli atau kumpul bootlegs2 dari negara barat atau Jepun yang punya bungkusan yang fantastik... so dalam ulasan ni aku tunjuk setiap apa ada...
selain obi strip yang kiut tu..

Dan jugak...  Album ni aku rasa Mr Big release live album bentuk "official bootleg" kerana akhirnya mereka dapat main di Sendai.
Sendai ni yang berapa tahun dulu tu kena Tsunami teruk sangat. Yang gempa bumi dan tsunami kena Jepun tahun 2011 tu...? Sendai antara wilayah paling teruk la so memang ada part dalam live album ni memang rasa sedih sangat la..

Ni album banyak jugak lagu2 dari album ... What If dan... Stories We Could Tell..
contoh ni album ada Undertow live.
Jadi aku memang teringin nak kumpul setiap live album untuk setiap tour support setiap album studio.


Dan...  Mr Big ni, waktu ni dah pakai drummer jemputan, kerana Pat Torpey dah makin teruk kot Parkinson Disease dia, jadi Matt Starr takeover drum,
Pat Torpey lebih kepada percussion dan backing vocal dan jugak lead vocal masa nyanyi lagu Judas Priest.

Jadi...  mana2 band2 melayu, cuba la kan bila drummer jatuh sakit, pandai2 la take care, cubalah jangan sampai jadi bahan cacian dan kutukan..., ni band omputeh punya la gerek jaga drummer Parkinson disease.

So Mr Big akan beraksi lagi di Singapore dan Kuala Lumpur jugak, sapa was2 nak pegi ke tak nak, aku cakap pergi...  bayar je harga tiket untuk sesuatu sangat istimewa.

dan apa lagi eh? aku dah lambat la.. so aku stop... bye.


ok more photos...










p.s 

Pat Torpey main drums lagu Fragiler, Just Take My Heart, pun boleh nampak dia sakit...

Wooo ni tour dia mesti dapat tempukan paling gemuruh dari aku... haha...


Friday, September 1, 2017

KREATOR (w/ Vader) Live 31 Aug 2017 - Scape Orchard, Singapore.

Salam and Happy Eid Adha to all Muslims Worldwide.

A short story, review and setlist of Kreator live in Singapore last night (31st August 2017).
Then it will be followed by a longer one in Malay Language - Bahasa Melayu, which of course as usual in this blog will be full of slander, insults, gossips, and lots of talk-cock.



This was like my first rock concert since doing my 2017 backpacking trip watching Iron Maiden plays all over Scotland, England and Wales in May for their UK Tour supporting Book Of Soul album. So the itchiness to be in a rock n roll environment is there in me.

Firstly, I came early (for my standard), the tshirts I want in sizes I want are all sold out. OK, not so early then I realised.. LOL!. - The opening act has finished, I think Vader was just starting.  
So I left the place and go elsewhere.
I came back later and saw a bit of Vader for about two songs. I do not know Vader, first time watching them. Too short, I cannot make a conclusion if I like them or not. 




Then went out for a drink, came back and its Kreator time.

setlist 

1. Hordes Of Chaos
2. Phobia
3. Satan Is Real
4. Gods Of Violence (intro tape start used with Sami the guitarist playing along) 
5. People Of The Lie
6. Total Death
7. Mars Mantra (tape)
8. Phantom AntiChrist
9. Fallen Brother
10. Enemy Of God
11. From Flood Into Fire
12. Apocalypticon (tape)
13. World War Now
14. Hail To The Hordes
15. Extreme Aggression 
16. Civilisation Collapse

17. Patriarch (tape)
18. Violent Revolution
19. Pleasure To Kill
20. Death Becomes My Light (tape)

A balance setlist for those who enjoyed different eras of Kreator since this is the tour to support the latest album of which 5 full songs played.

- 1 song from their mid years experiments.
- about 4 songs from their early old-school thrash years
- about 13 full songs from their post 2001 melodic thrash years.

I think everyone has a good time. The hall is full, maybe 500-600 solid in attendance? and enough space for those wanting to circle pit or participate in the walls of deaths.

The band what can be said? it is Kreator. They were awesome. 
Mille Petrozza is in good voice.
The bassist has lots of fun and centrestage on Violent Revolution.
The guitarist Sami was clear and in the spotlight a lot.


The set up after Vader takes a much longer time than expected by the Germans support crew.
Maybe they just want to ensure 100% perfection.

Too bad, no Flag Of Hate, no Tormentor.

But Mille Petrozza does all the countings in German.

Eins! Zwei! Eins! Zwei! Drei! Vier!!



Bye and more photos below...
changing TV Channel to different language broadcast.



Ini cerita semalam,
ulasan dan cerita merapu..
aku off day semalam kebetulan haha.
so raya aji ni memang dah plan aku ada di Singapore.

so aku ingat aku tak mau jadi star karat, nak datang awal untuk menengok konsert rock ini.
sekali aku datang tshirt2 kreator lawa2 kau, ada dates Asia dan Australia,
dahbis dah size2 aku nak...
nabey..
aku mati2 ingat aku datang awal dah haha.
rasanya tu jam Vader dah nak start kot?
haha.. lambat la tu, opening band dah lama abis main ler tu haha.

So ok malam raya siot kebetulan jugak..
so gi Al-Falah, magrib dan takbir hari raya dulu.
Dahbis sikit lebih kurang takbir hari raya, lap2 air mata sikit muahaha.
apa lagi....

its Kreator time.
so sampai, eh? Vader masih perform, dapat tengok.
Tak tahu pasal Vader so first time dengar dan menengok apa dorang sebenarnya.
OK, ending tu dorang pakai lagu Star Wars "IMPERIAL MARCH" theme untuk farewell dengan audience.
OK haus pulak tekak, gi minum..

then datang balik ok, Kreator.
Dah boleh agak la kan lagu2 dorang nak main lagu2 apa. (setlist atas tu kaler merah). Aku OK je kalau dorang main new album seluruh album start sampai abis pasal aku suka.

Lama jugak dorang set up lepas Vader, entah apa tidak dipuaskan hati sound dorang, semua CAKAP JERMAN dia dengan crew set up on stage...
last2 ok kot.
Then maka bermulalah Kreator. Apa nak dikata? Hebat la kan. Takde la nak cakap apa2 tak baik.
Beberapa lagu old school zaman 80an sampai Coma Of Soul, satu lagu zaman 90an, dan majoriti lagu sejak mula zaman nasik tambah melodik 2000an tu sampai sekarang..
album baru ada 5 lagu full, satu lagu intro..

Semalam, penonton nak buat apa buatlah... asal jangan ada rusuhan sudah. HAHA.

Wall of Death ke, Circle Pit ke, buatlah korang, buat puas2. Cuma aku heran siot, budak2 ni semua mana dapat stamina siak?
Aku tengok macam tiap2 lagu pun lasak betul.
Tapi yang penting, sapa yang tak mau masuk campur sila pilih tempat berdiri yang selamat. hoho.

Kreator tak main lagu raya. Tapi ok la kan forgiven.

- Tiptop ye suara Mille Petrozza memandangkan kalau tengok dates shows dorang tu memang teruk.
- Bassist dia si Christian tu ha, bila diri tengah tempat Petrozza hah, showmanship dahsyat.
- si gitaris si Sami tu memang bapak awesome ler kan, sebijik macam dalam mp3 dengar.
- drummer si Ventor, aku tak nampak langsung dia ketuk2. Tak nampak, tapi of course dengar clear. Crystal clear.



(sapa tanya aku semalam? apasal tak kedepan??
hah... macama aku jawab.. nak mampos??? 
tu.. parting of the red sea tu.... dah sedia nak rempuh tu peminat2 Kreator yang happening2 )

haha.





OK dah tu je kot? nanti aku sambung la cerita pasal backpacking tengok Iron Maiden main merata UK Mei lepas dan tempat2 yang aku suka tengok lalu aku spend time dan mengambik gamba kawasan2 tersebut dan perjalanan2 backpacking aku untuk Maiden 2017.

Tu hari kan, entah cammana aku teringat, ada satu band member Iron Maiden cakap dorang nak main full Jepun tour.
So ni macam aku dah terfikir.. last time kan dorang main luar Tokyo ialah 2008 iaitu Yokohama.

Dan aku pernah baca satu tulisan peminat Iron Maiden yang dah tengok Maiden main banyak tempat, dia bilang dia tak pernah tengok betapa best Maiden main dan sound dorang macam seperti kat dewan yang kat Yokohama tu.

So kali terakhir Maiden main kat Jepun dan bukan saja kat Tokyo ialah Amolad tour iaitu - Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Hiroshima.

Ni yang ada foto famous Steve Harris tengah gi kedai bootlegs dan dia kerut dahi sambil tunjuk show2 Iron Maiden dirakam peminat dan dijual kat kedai cd Jepun.

So the mind boggles kan?

aku pernah merentas negara2 bukan cakap Inggeris macam Jerman dan Peranchis nak tengok Maiden, Rainbow, gi Hellfest dan apa je la, naik train ke ekpress bas ke, tapi tu tempat semua masih guna huruf RUMI huruf aphabet, tak paham bahasa pun boleh cam kan huruf ABCDEFGHIJKL....., tapi nak backpack merata Jepun sorang2 tengok Iron Maiden main dengan guna keretapi atau naik bas ekpress takut siot, dah tulisan Jepun pening. haha.
Tapi takpe, bak kata Winston Churchill , WE SHALL NEVER SURRENDER!!!


















Saturday, August 26, 2017

JARUM - HATI BONGOK EP, & KREATOR, VADER & MR BIG - Tickets show off.

Salam and greetings, as usual first in English then in Malay Language.(photos are all below on this post and as usual both do not have similar contents for linguistic value. cewahh).

Its been quite a while, talking cock in this blog. So here we go again.
Firstly, I would say a few nice things on the new EP by a Singapore rock band which plays Heavy Rock and Heavy Metal style, singing in the Malay Language.
They are called " JARUM".
Six songs, four uptempo and heavy numbers with two slower ones.

I love this EP so much. Right now I only download the ITUNES version, which I then convert to fit into my new bluetooth Walkman as below...  (yes, Sony still makes Walkman, but its so much ultra sophisticated and modern version now and even supports Lossless formats).

I hope to get the physical cd also.

Also, some nice bands and performers are heading the way of Singapore and Malaysia in these next few months.
You will have:  Dream Theater, Mr Big, Sebastian Bach with special guest Loudness (this is hilarious, simply awkward matching, Sebastian Bach should be opening for Loudness instead), Kreator , Vader, Prime Domestic, and of course the mightiest of them all - Belinda Carlisle.
So, budget, life in the real world, and taking time to go to shows instead of work (I work shifts) is priority and I guess I have to choose wisely.... 
So here are some photos of the tickets I got readied. Whether I really do go or not, is another matter.

Till the next time, and I do hope to continue and conclude my reports, explorations and photos while backpacking to see Maiden across Britain in June 2017, before they announce the expected and full of gossip so called "Legacy Of The Beast" 2018 European Tour next May to August.
I hope to backpack again alone to see Maiden in some new places, I had always dream to see them play in Sweden (LOL!!), but I would be back to Cardiff again and this time go to Millienium Stadium if the gossips of Maiden with openers - Judas Priest, Megadeth, Anthrax and Ghost warming up for Maiden are true LOL!!!.  Yes, it sounds hillarious but stranger things have happen.

I was in Cardiff to see Maiden play this year and Bruce Dickinson did say on stage "we'll be back sooner than you think and this time we'll be playing a bigger place". So Millenium Stadium it shall be then for some headlining summer festival tour. (I hope).




Salam, dari nak abis bulan Ramadhan lepas, sampai nak masuk Raya Aji, blog sendu ni terus kejong abis. Tapi... di sebalik kehidupan dunia realiti aku, aku tak lupa blog ni, walau aku panik kejap masa nak log in tu hari takut password salah.

HATI BONGOK. yes, bongok.. haha.
Itulah judul EP band bernama JARUM. Aku dapat tahu band ni dari satu sahabat, dan memang, aku kalau rock melayu, aku lebih condong kepada style heavy metal melayu macam Rusty Blade dan Rockers.
Dan Jarum jugak dari Singapore, dan apa aku tahu memang ni band bermula dan masih disandang nama2 ex members tersohor band2 Singapore.
So aku sebenarnya sebelum download kat Itunes, (pasal buat masa ni aku belum cuba dapatkan physical cd), aku berharap ni serupa style Heavy Metal Melayu.

Dan boleh cakap, aku tak dihampakan. Mula2 dengar aku pakai speaker laptop je, then aku realise something wrong terus aku pakai Soundblaster sambung dari laptop, WOW Dahsyat!! Meletop!!! dan seterusnya aku masukkan dalam walkman aku macam photo di atas tu untuk aku seperti biasa dengar sewaktu berjalan kaki, menunggu bas dan train dan dalam bas dan dalam train - Simple pleasures in life rasanya begitu dengan headphone melekat kat telinga dalam keadaan hiruk piruk duniawi ...

4 lagu heavy rock, 2 lagu slow, dan dalam lagu slow Mana Silapku itu ada dalam berapa saat lagu tu dilajukan sikit dan ada la tempias Steve Harris sikit sikit. Suka betul aku hohoho.

Aku tak boleh lupa lagu Bebaskan kerana korus dia catchy sangat hoho. Dan actually semua lagu alright. Memang aku terhibur EP ni dari semua segi, aku kasi markah 664/666. (aku cuma kasi neighbour of the beast punya markah la, nak kasi markah penuh number of the beast, mungkin tunggu full album la nanti, hohoho).

EP ni lagu2 nya mempunyai time-changes yang menarik dan terkejut2 dalam lagu2 nya, bertukar2 rentak jadi memang seronok dan aku rasa sapa yang rindu Heavy Metal Melayu, Heavy Rock Melayu macam Rusty Blade, Rockers, maybe kumpulan2 seperti May, XPDC, malahan Amuk,
aku rekemen korang masuk Itunes dan sample lagu2 ni dan kalau suka beli je la semua lagu satu set EP tu dalam ada 6 lagu.

Kalau aku dapat CD dia, lagi la nanti aku cerita panjang....
Aku nak tengok liriks lagu2 ni, memang best tulisan lirik2 nya dari apa aku dengar.

'OK..

Cakap pasal band rock omputeh pulak....

Mr Big dan Dream Theater, akan membuat persembahan di Singapura dan Kuala Lumpur.
Masalahnya dekat2, jadi kena buat masa ni kena pilih betul2 sambil tengok rota kerja apa shift dan apa hari off dan rest.

Apa aku cuma nak cakap, nasib baik TOTO pun tak datang rantau ni dan main masa yang sama hujung tahun ni.
Kalau TOTO, aku rasanya gi dua dua show Singapore dan Malaysia. hohohoho.

Apa pun, dua dua band live memang gerek nak mampos pada pengalaman aku menengok dorang beraksi atas pentas, dan aku akan pilih Mr Big kalau aku cuma boleh pilih satu show je aku nak gi lagi.
Dan aku cuma nak cakap je la...
Korang yang ikut Mr Big nye perkembangan, tengok macam mana dorang layan drummer dorang yang tengah sakit Parkinson.
So.... bandingkan dengan sebuah lagi band yang layan drummer dorang yang sedang jugak sakit berlainan cara.

Well.... (sambil angkat bahu).

Tiket Mr Big untuk show Singapore 2017. Aku recce show Malaysia belum jual tiket ye (dan show DT pun takde harga tiket lagik pun?)... so gi show Singapore je la,  hari ahad tu aku tengok aku kerja malam, mampos clash... so mintak tukar2 shift je la, sayang siot nak ambik cuti benda2 gini...





OK seterusnya, lagi satu konsert rock yang aku dah ada tiket dalam tangan...

Kreator dan Vader dan jugak satu opening band Tormentress.

OK, aku nak cakap sikit... VADER.

Aku tak tahu apa2 pasal ni band Vader ni, so aku teruja tapi tengok la keadaan...

So memang VADER is a curiosity.

rasanya macam biasa datang star karat je la, datang lambat.. ngam2 Kreator start. (Dan kalau sapa baca blog aku, aku ada review cd Kreator terbaru yang versi Jepun tu ada lagu tambahan EARTH UNDER THE SWORD, dan aku pun tak tahu kenapa lagu ni terselit kat cd versi Jepun dan takde dalam cd versi2 cetakan lain pasal lagu ni hip hop abis).

harap dapat tengok Vader main sikit pun jadilah..
Ni jatuh Hari Merdeka, malam raya aji...

Cantik tiketnya, siap laminate lagik...




lagi satu cerita kelakarnya, dan memang kelakar, Loudness baru diumumkan jadi special guest Sebastian Bach.
Memang biar betik, memang tak logik.
Untuk aku afdal nya, Sebastian Bach main dulu dengan perform full album pertama Skid Row, lepas tu Loudness aksi dua jam ye tak? haha.

aku rasa aku stop sini je la...

OK nanti aku sambung pasal aku backpack tengok Iron Maiden tu hari main kat Scotland, Wales dan England...

nanti aku tunjuk korang masjid Liverpool nye bandar. Aku backpacking gi Liverpool tengok Maiden nak main hari Sabtu malam kat Echo Arena, so hari jemaat aku dah sampai ke hari Khamis kot?
aku naik keretapi dari Aberdeen pasal sebelum tu Iron Maiden main kat Aberdeen tempat giler bapak sejuk, so aku gi carik mana masjid ni, ala... jalan kaki je semua tempat kalau aku backpacking, yang penting kamera standby nak jadi jakun snap sana sini tempat orang,... so jumpa.... so gi sana semayang jemaat... wakakaka.
Korang jangan ketawa la siot aku gi mesjid. haha... (yes its sound funny a bit).

dan tak ah, gua tak kena petir ah masuk mesjid... haha.


bye, see you guys again.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Photos galore - Birmingham UK flea/outdoor market, lots of photos of Birmingham, Islamic Relief HQ and more Iron Maiden live photos of UK 2017 taken by me me me (continuation of my Maiden UK 2017 backpack)

Over 20 days has passed in Ramadan. How time flies quickly.
First in English then in Bahasa Melayu. .




For my backpacking travels alone to watch Iron Maiden plays their very successful UK Tour and amazing performance in both their live shows and the fans attendance at every show, in 5 places/cities in Scotland, England and Wales, I try to explore as much as I can the cities and places during the daytime especially I went to NOT where the outsiders visit but I go to where the locals go.
So means I explore the lonely backlanes, the markets, and see how the locals buy and sell vegetables, meat, even secondhand goods.
So this time I want to blog about the Birmingham City Centre Flea/Secondhand/car boot/market /sale or whatever you want to call it. Its across the road from Bullring shopping area and St Martin Church(above are both of them the Church and Bullring Mall, I guess thats the name).
Its near the vicinity of the Islamic Relief Building.
So enjoy the photos of this huge flea/car boot/secondhand dealer market of Birmingham City and the area of the Islamic Relief Building near Birmingham City area.

Iron Maiden plays Birmingham Barclaycard Arena on Sunday 21st May so I arrived there at Sunday Noon by bus travelling from LIVERPOOL where Maiden plays the night before.
And this is how the Birmingham Barclaycard Arena looks like, way before Maiden starts their show. And I was not even near the front. Such a vast huge place and the standing section Floor level was like a football field size. LOL!!


Atas tu dua foto tu ialah apa korang nampak kalau korang sampai Birmingham naik bas ekpress dari mana2.
So keluar dari bas terminal nampak ni dua, satu gereja satu shopping mall.
atas foto ketiga tu tujuan aku gi Birmingham dan tempat lain bulan lepas, backpacking sorang sorang tengok Iron Maiden untuk Book Of Soul Tour 2017 yang akan jadi penutup.
Lepas dorang pusing Amerika lagi satu round. Bulan 7 ni pentas Iron Maiden guna akan dibubarkan. Aku rasa konfem gossip peminat tahun depan ada tour berlandaskan History Tour part 4 atau mungkin berlandaskan greatest hits dengan pentas baru dan semua baru untuk masa depan nya usage.

Bawah. ISLAMIC RELIEF HEADQUARTERS BUILDING sedunia. kalau tak silap aku.
Aku ingat nak carik tapi sebenarnya senang nak jumpa kalau korang jalan kaki kat kawasan tu tapi aku tak gi la bangunan tu. Beg dah berat giler, aku gi pasar karat dia kat kasawan situ.

Dan Royalty paling aku hormat dan suka dalam dunia ialah keluarga Queen Elizabeth.
Bila aku dengar cerita dari orang Melayu kita yang pernah kerja sama Islamic Relief di Birmingham pasal Queen Elizabeth. Aku sangat terkejut.
Jadi bila aku baca reaksi orang terkejut gembira pasal Prince Harry berbuka puasa bulan Ramadhan dengan orang2 Islam di Singapore, dan act macam orang biasa je kat Singapore, lagipun memang pun, lantak la kau diraja tempat lain , ada tempat kau tetap dilayan sama rata dengan semua orang.

(mulut manusia tak boleh ditutup, ada "keturunan" bila kat Singapore cam cam perangai.)

aku tak heran sangat, sudah tentu Queen Elizabeth dah ajar cucu2 dia tentang agama kita dan semoga sokongan Permaisuri menguatkan ummah kita di UK.
(dan serious berbual ramai giler orang melayu kat UK ok,- aku pernah cerita kan, first aku sampai stesen keretapi kat Piccadilys, aku backpack nak tengok Iron Maiden main kat Donington 2013 dulu, aku dah tak boleh jumpa train aku nak naik dah aku sorang2 dah lambat pasal aku nak rush gi Birmingham nak tengok Bon Jovi main kat stadium Aston Villa, so kelakarnya, kat tempat sendiri kena speaking omputeh tanya arah, tapi kat England berbual melayu pasal aku nampak muka melayu so aku gi la kat dorang..., aku first cakap eh dah sampai England, aku cakap Melayu pasal ada budak Melayu lelaki pompuan so aku berbual melayu langsung tak yah nak belit lidah speaking omputeh - 
terus terang aku cakap ramai giler dalam context "ramai giler" melayu di Eropah la, dari Portsmouth - ni tempat memang budak Melayu ramai tak yah khuatir.. - paling bawah UK tu, sampai naik atas UTARA ke Glasgow..(cuma kat Aberdeen aku tak nampak Melayu atau dengar orang cakap Melayu haha)..  aku tahu pasal aku dah sampai Glasgow pun dan aku jalan kat kawasan ada U ke kolej sekolah tinggi la gitu,.. orang2 Melayu ok ngan pompuan baju kurung., nanti aku cerita pasal aku semayang jemaat kat masjid Liverpool... Kecohhh berbual melayu.. aku siap tanya "ingat lagi cakap melayu tak? haha, ada dah duk sana orang melayu kita, dari tahun 1960an, zaman beatles ok, sila jangan berbual pasal Iron Maiden la kan aku... diam dah.. ni semua old timers legend.. zaman Beatles dorang dah kat Liverpool.. takde fight la kan....).
Serious berbual la, Melayu ni kan.... jangan cakap dari negeri mana , negara mana la kan..
Melayu ni kan...boleh cam la pattern melayu kalau gi mana2... hahaha....
lagi Melayu tu nak berlagak mat salleh, lagi terserlah kekampongan nya.

ok sambung balik pasal Birmingham... Lagipun pada aku, Birmingham ni ialah bukan sahaja jantung Heavy Rock dan Heavy Metal dari segi sejarah dan hingga hari ini, 
tapi jantung umat Islam seluruh Eropah pada aku kerana jumlah umat Islam di Birmingham sangat ramai.

Ok Lepas Islamic Relief tu, ialah pasar karat, pasar jual beli barang yang dah digunakan, . Kira macam Sungei Road skala besar giler.
Macam2 ada... sila tengok sendiri... kasut boots caterpillar, doc mart, barang mainan, rekod piring hitam dan cd, barang2 ayat suci untuk hiasan rumah, pakaian memang banyak dan macam2 dari untuk musim sejuk ke biasa, peti sejuk dan mesin basuh juga dijual di pasar ni, nampak ada baru ada dah 2ndhand, alat pembinaan, bantal, tilam, perkakas barang dapur dan sebagainya.
Ramai dari penjual dan pembeli ialah umat Islam kita.
Langsung tak nampak dari foto foto ni aku ada kat Birmingham UK.

OK la aku sumbat semua cakap Melayu kat sini, jadi bawah tu lagi, sebahagian bangunan2 lama yang sangat cantik di bandar Birmingham ni, dan sikit2 foto tempat ada bahagian beli belah dan shopping di Birmingham..

Dan bawah lagi tu jalan menuju ke Barclaycard Arena Birmingham..
aku ikut je laluan air tu (water canal) terus sampai...
jalan ikut laluan tu aman, terus sampai kecoh giler...

dan ada satu bahagian mall tu kat Bullring, bercahaya giler siot...

dan bawah lepas tu foto foto aku snap sikit2 masa tengok Iron Maiden merata tempat untuk 2017 UK Tour ni...
tu je kot.... nanti lain aku cerita2 la, tempat2 lain dan macam2 je la...makan2 tu semua...

OK tu je kot. Selamat terus berpuasa dan apa2 je la korang buat di bulan Ramadhan yang mulia ini.











Besides this I took some photos of the buildings which are old, historical and very beautiful.
Also some photos of their shopping districts and pink colour trams...
also,
I was looking for the Barclaycard Arena, so the locals just tell me to follow a Water Canal.

Amazing, its peaceful, tranquil, you even have ducks on the canal.
And once you reach the arena you got the 16,000 fans? or less? Maiden hardcores of Birmingham.
Amazing show as usual, amazing audience too.
So these are the photos to the end.

I will end it with some more Maiden live photos I took..








But these photos below are the prettiest... hahaha








Ronnie James Dio hand salute will always always be there ..

\m/   \m/



and while Bruce is talking away, Steve and Janick will wipe their sweat their perspiration,
tuning their bass and guitar, and will have a little fun and joke among them two..
and these are precious things to see..
I got some photos.. next time.. LOL!!
I need to look for them in the memory.





More next post, to be continued...

till then...


this is Aberdeen.. a great city, very cold, and Iron Maiden again played another blinder in this city. a very intimate place for an Iron Maiden show as it fits about 7000 people only in the indoor hall.

I took this photo, I think this is the first photo of an Aberdeen street I took once I arrive by bus in Aberdeen from Glasgow.

About a 4 hour ride of full of the ocean on one side, and lots of beautiful nature of cows and fields, and flowers and sheeps and beautiful old homes.