2004 At A Glance

Let's take a walk...

1. 27th January 2004. Broken Scar. Tuesday Nights at Pauls

2. 10th April 2004. John’s Mistress. Good Golly It’s A Gig. First JM gig at Pauls Place.

3. 21st May 2004. John's Mistress. One Night, Many Voices. Qings N Kueens Single Launch. JamAsia Rockstation.

4. 21st June 2004. John’s Mistress. Fete De La Musique. Changkat Bukit Bintang.

5. 21st June 2004. Broken Scar. Fete De La Musique sidewalk performance. La Bodega

6. 17th July 2004. John’s Mistress. Mix FM Roadrunners Celebrity Weekend. Baywatch Cafe.

7. 13th August 2004. Broken Scar. Starbucks Chillout Series Bangsar

8. 15th August 2004. Broken Scar. Starbucks Chillout Series Mont Kiara

9. 31st August 2004. John’s Mistress. Merdeka Celebrations at Ikano Power Center.

10. 17th November 2004. John’s Mistress. Motley Fest. HELP Institute

11. 20th November 2004. Broken Scar. Shelley Leong’s Songwriters Avenue #1. Le Benardin.

12. 10th December 2004. John's Mistress. Catholic High School Prom Nite. Times Square Hotel

13. 17th December 2004. Broken Scar. Chill Out At Paulie's.

Looking back at 2004, I realise that I couldn't have done all the above on my own. Firstly, without the Great and Almighty, I wouldn't have had half the chance.

Without bandmates, there'll be no band.
Without the gig organizers, there'll be no gigs.
Without the fellow musicians, there'll be no fellowship.
Without the audience, there'll be no show...

I'm thankful for the festivals that I was able to be a part of and for the intimate shows too.

Click the below for some reviews:
Songwriters Avenue 20/11/2004
You could also download mp3's of the set at the gig. Thanks Er Lern for recording the set.

Metro, The Star Newspaper (Friday 26th November 2004)

Thanks to Er Lern and Debbie for such wonderful reviews.

P/S: Please feel free to nudge me if I missed out any gigs. Thanks.

Two Years Too Late

Mr. Big would probably be a name that some would have heard of since they've been to Malaysia as a band as well as individually. They've had a concert and many clinics with the bassist, Billy Sheehan and guitarist, Paul Gilbert.

They've released a greatest hits album some time this year and it got me to thinking.

Mr. Big, "Ichiban" once in Japan and now they remain a memory for many of us. The band went their separate ways and took different routes and paths in 2002.

They played a farewell tour, recorded the Farewell Live In Japan DVD and released it in 2002. This was with their new guitarist, Ritchie Kotzen though. Paul left some time ago because of creative reasons.

Billy is still rocking on with his solo projects and Paul is fulfilling his Racer X dreams as well as pop-ing up his solo material.

I recently bought the Farewell Live In Japan DVD and I realised that two years had passed just like that. The best part of the DVD were the interviews with each member, separately.

The part that got me to thinking was that a band that had been together for twelve years and was a great influence on so many young guitarists, myself included could just call it quits. I could imagine what could have gone wrong in the band. I could also imagine the sheer joy when they were riding high, not only in terms of making number one hits, but also creatively. It must have been an amazing journey, be it for the best or worst.

When Paul left the band, I thought that they would have called it quits. It was never the same after Paul left. I'm not saying that Ritchie is not a good player. He is in fact an awesome guitarist, super clean. It's just that the band needs that Paul Gilbert touch.

It's not Ritchie, it's just that when a band starts off with one guitarist, the sound is often very difficult to be replaced. It doesn't mean that the sound of the band should stay stagnant and it is not necessary that a replacement will make the band sound bad. It just changes the sound and direction of the band. Look at Poison, for instance.

"Don't say goodbye
Don't bother
Just like the others, you'll soon be forgotten"

Those words were lingering in my mind, because people simply forget...

Gig Fever

Due to fever, I played it safe at the "Chill Out At Paulie's" gig over at Paul's Place on Friday. I decided that playing four songs was the best thing to do.

So, I opened with Silence, followed by Hey You, then Scratch followed by Soul Reaper which I haven't played in ages. The last time I played it was almost a year ago at Peter Hassan's Tuesdays at Paul's.

All the performers, Khai, Tom Waits Allison, The Wallet and Nan were fantastic.

Thanks to Khai for organizing such a wonderful gig and inviting me to perform.

Chill Out At Paulie's


So here's an update.

I'll be playing at the gig mentioned on the above flyer, Chill Out at Paulie's. Please refer to the flyer for details.

I'm looking forward to this one. Hope to see you there too...and chill out perhaps?

For the benefit of those who cannot view the flyer, here are the details.

Chill Out At Paulie's

Broken Scar
The Wallet
Tom Waits Allison

Date: Friday 17 December 2004
Time: 8pm
Entrace: RM5
Venue: Paul's Place Uptown (105M Jalan SS21/1A, Damansara Utama. The same row as Kedai Telekom)

Email: fyientertainment@yahoo.com

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