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Eason Chan to hold first ever concert in Penang

Posted: 21 Jan 2014 01:15 AM PST

The Hong Kong popstar's highly-acclaimed Eason's Life tour heads to Penang this April.

HONG Kong pop star Eason Chan will be holding his first ever concert performance in Penang at 8pm on 19 April (Satuday), at the Penang International Sports Arena


The Eason's Life tour has been a rousing success since the first show on 6 July 2013. The overwhelming demand for tickets saw the singer increasing the number of shows to an impressive 25 shows in Hong Kong over a period of one month.

Chan is one of the most dominant male singers in the post-1997 era of Hong Kong music industry. Praised by Time magazine as a forerunner of the next generation of Cantopop and considered as Hong Kong's third "god of song" after Sam Hui and Jacky Cheung, the star was crowned "King of Asian Pop" by Time Out Hong Kong in 2012.

Chan is also the first Asian singer to perform on the stage of the world-renowned London's O2 Arena.

Eason's Life in Penang is organised by AMC Live Group. Tickets are priced at RM488, RM388, RM288, RM188, and RM98 (excludes RM3 Processing Fee), and are available from 22 Jan. For more information, call the TicketCharge Hotline (03-9222 8811) or visit www.ticketcharge.com.my.

The Seasons 4's age of wonder

Posted: 22 Jan 2014 08:00 AM PST

Armed with the classic songbook, lyrical romance and more, The Seasons 4 quartet were a delight to watch.

AGE is nothing but a number. That certainly rang true when a bunch of senior citizens took to the stage to deliver an inspiring performance filled with evergreen favourites. You could only applaud their stamina, ability and desire to entertain.

With a collective age of almost three decades, The Seasons 4 quartet's show at the Intimate Encounter @ Theatre Lounge Café in Kuala Lumpur last weekend was a delightful, musical evening comprising freshly brewed harmonies and new arrangements of familiar tunes.

Part of the Western Evergreen Series, the Golden Voices In Synch was the second show for the year at Dama Orchestra's spanking new venue. Earlier this month, the Spring Kisses Lover's Tears show played at this full-fledged 60-seat cabaret performance venue which was established as an intimate performance hub for local and international artistes.

Back to the Golden Voices In Synch show, the crooner line-up included Rahim Ismail (Vic), Hussain Shaari (Hans), Syed Elias Alhabshi (Syd) and Ezani Abu Bakar.

At 76, Rahim was the oldest and the leader of the group. He was also the one with formal musical training so he wrote and arranged the show's harmonies. The rest of this jovial cast refused to reveal their ages.

As the youngest member of The Seasons 4 quartet, Ezani Abu Bakar was also the life of the party.

As the youngest member, Ezani Abu Bakar was also the life of the party.

Sadly, another original member Tunku Datuk Farid Hussain (Fred) passed away seven weeks ago. Ezani, was his replacement and as Rahim joked, "He's still on probation but he has brought down the average age of the group!"

Dressed in smart jackets from their era, the dapper chaps kicked off the night with When You're Smiling, made famous by Louis Armstrong, who recorded it first in the late 1920s. The quartet came good with a spirited start. It then gave a refreshing a capella rendition of Dahil Sa Iyo, a 1930s Filipino love song by Miguel Velarde Jr. That brought on plenty of smiles.

To further show its versatility, the group launched into a Cantonese number, Shanghai Beach, and immediately, the audience cheered away with their coffee cups.

Nat King Cole's (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons, which was dedicated in memory of Tunku Farid, was a heartfelt concert moment. The group's crooning came through with confidence and emotional resonance.

After the touching tribute, the heat went up a notch when Ezani got his break. He belted out Dean Martin's infectious Sway, a tune everyone knows. Ezani even came down from the stage and tried to a dance step or two but stopped short, to the amazement of his fellow singers.

"Hey, you're not bad," uttered Rahim. "We might confirm you!"

This was followed by My Special Angel and New York, New York. The group even displayed some showbiz kicks with the latter number. Frank Sinatra would have been proud.

The Golden Voices In Synch show was truly an intimate affair as the performers took the opportunity to mingle and greet the guests after the first set.

The four singers are consultants in various industries – banking, plantation and shipping. As former schoolmates from the Malay College of Kuala Kangsar, Perak, they share a passion for singing and formed their group in 2008. With a focus on harmony singing, their singing has opened many doors for them for performances at private functions.

Little did they know they would be in such demand. To date, The Seasons 4 quartet has performed at 30 events, from wedding receptions to charity dinners, black-tie events and royal receptions.

The group also found its way to The Star's 40th anniversary project, In Perfect Harmony – A Malaysian Musical Journey, produced by Dama Orchestra in 2011.

In his gentle voice, Rahim recalled, "We saw an audition notice for the musical and in the fine print, it was for ages 18-28 only. We were way off the radar but I still called and Dama said come. We talked with the founders and got the part."

On stage, the second half of Golden Voices In Synch was a treat with highlights like Put On A Happy Face, L.O.V.E, Only You and Route 66.

Elsewhere, a Mandarin number by Teresa Teng, Yue Liang Dai Biao Wo De Xin (The Moon Speaks For My Heart) proved the group could take risks and succeed.

"We didn't know what the words meant and had to have a translator help us with the pronunciation," quipped Rahim. "I hope we did a good job."

The Seasons 4 gave a different spin to Tan Sri P. Ramlee's Getaran Jiwa and clearly, this was another hit with the audience. They concluded with All Of Me but the crowd wanted more.

Shocked, Rahim asked, "Really, you want more? But, it's almost midnight!" They rounded off with Louis Armstrong's Hello Dolly, with Rahim doing a splendid impersonation of Armstrong's voice and trumpet.

Now, how many 70-year-olds can boast of getting paid for having a second career derived from passion?

More Grammy performers

Posted: 21 Jan 2014 11:05 PM PST

Nine Inch Nails, Queens Of The Stone Age and Dave Grohl are among the new additions to the performers' list.

Nine Inch Nails, Queens Of The Stone Age, Dave Grohl, Gary Clark Jr, Hunter Hayes and Lindsey Buckingham will perform at the 56th annual Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy announced recently.

Grohl and Buckingham will join Nine Inch Nails and Queens Of The Stone Age on stage as part of the show's grand finale.

The first presenters announced include Marc Anthony, Black Sabbath, Zac Brown, Gloria Estefan, Anna Faris, Jamie Foxx, Ariana Grande, Neil Patrick Harris, Olivia Harrison, Anna Kendrick, Alicia Keys, Juanes, Cyndi Lauper, Jared Leto, Bruno Mars, Martina McBride, Miguel, Yoko Ono, Smokey Robinson, Ryan Seacrest, and Steven Tyler.

Sunday's show at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles will be the first Grammys performance for Gary Clark Jr, Nine Inch Nails and Queens Of The Stone Age, all of whom are nominated for awards this year.

Clark Jr is up for Best Rock Song for Ain't Messin' Round and Best Traditional R&B Performance for Please Come Home. Queens Of The Stone Age have nods for Best Rock Performance for My God Is The Sun and Best Rock Album for ...Like Clockwork. Nine Inch Nails, a band led by Oscar-winning Social Network composer Trent Reznor, are nominated for Best Alternative Music Album for Hesitation Marks.

Previously announced performers include Taylor Swift, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kacey Musgraves, John Legend, and Keith Urban, plus former Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr – both of which will receive the 2014 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Sara Bareilles and Carole King are also scheduled to perform a special duet on "music's biggest night". LL Cool J returns to host for a third time in a row. — Reuters

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