Tom Jones

It was with great sadness that Tom Jones cancelled his tour to HK last year when his wife passed away, so it was with great excitement when he announced he was heading back to HK. Except… his show date was on the same day as Guns n Roses in Singapore, as well as both the Dragonland Festival and 李榮浩 in HK. Unfortunately, I couldn’t afford to fly down to Singapore, and I am not a Black Eyed Peas / Iggy Azalea / Leon Lai / Carly Rae Jepsen / 李榮浩 fan… And so when I was gifted a ticket to Tom Jones, I was pretty chuffed.

It was an incredible short show (not quite 90 minutes), but every minute of it packed with old and new hits. Tom brought a great band (fantastic bassist, and everyone multi-talented) though unfortunately the guitar amps were way too loud and so a lot of the music – keys for sure, sometimes even Tom’s vocals – got drowned out by the red hot guitar playing, it was still an awesome night of music.

And for the first time in all my years of watching gigs, I witnessed two ladies throw panties up on stage. BWAHAHAHAHHAHA. I was practically crying with laughter :D

Damn fun night, yup!

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James Taylor & His All-Star Band

Phwoar. The original JT. James Taylor and his incredible band KILLED IT tonight. This particular gig marks the end of this current tour, which took him from New Zealand and Australia through to Singapore and Hong Kong, and my goodness I’m so glad I was there at this last show.

The rundown was separated into two sections, with a 20 minute intermission in between. And just like a few days ago in Singapore, he signed autographs for the entire 20 minutes – he never went backstage during the intermission – and the crowd of people at the front of the stage wouldn’t disperse until he actually had to get up off his knees on the stage and start singing. He didn’t even stop to drink some water, he just got up, picked up his guitar (his band were already back on stage and playing) and started.

The first section ended with “Shed a Little Light”.. So poignant, and still so current, this song… James Taylor rules.

And recognise that there are ties between us
All men and women living on the Earth
Ties of hope and love
Sister and brotherhood

Nova Heart

Woohoo!!! What a show!! It started late, the venue was smokey as hell, and the opening band was really not that great (and the house mix was quite terrible) but when Nova Heart finally hit the stage, they were bloody amazing. The energy was fantastic and for some reason, for someone who doesn’t dance very much at all, it was music that made me dance. I love it. I’m so glad I caught them in action! Yay!

Fabulousness.

Fabulousness.

Esperanza Spalding

And the Radio Music Society.

What. A. Performance. The girl is amaaaaaaaazing!! Her voice is like honey, her range is unbelievable and she never hits a wrong note. Crazy! And on top of that, she’s playing awesome bass (electric AND double bass) and having a great time with her band.

And can I just say, that girl who sings backing vocals (but is also a trumpet player, I think) — how tight are they?!!! How much practice, I wonder, does it take to get that tight!! I’m so super amazed. I absolutely loved it. She rocks my socks man.

Three words: A. Maze. Balls.

Three words: A. Maze. Balls.

Grimes

Okay. I was NOT expecting what I saw. Hahaha. I was SO SURE she was Japanese, until she slowed down and actually talked. HOW this is a Canadian thing, I do not know. Omgoodness. I guess it’s good to be introduced to some new music, new styles, new things you know. Can’t always be doing the rock or the soul rnb thing… I don’t even know how to describe her, but my goodness the energy in the place was faaaaaaaantastic. Great eye-opening, jaw-dropping experience. Hahaha.

Thank you, C. Again.

(PS – The best thing about this night? PRATA!!!!!!!!!)

Joss Stone

I’m not a big fan, but it was good to catch her live. I like her band – the configuration is like that of my boss’ band (oops… ex-boss mwahahahha) – bass, drums, guitar, keys, chorus, horns. I guess it’s standard for artists from UK/US. Sadly, that’s not always the case in HK/Asia. Rah. But it was good.

Thank you, C.