Indonesian singer Bams defies cancer to perform in KL concert in May


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Even though he is no longer undergoing treatment, Bams recognises the need for ample rest to ensure complete recovery. Photo: Bernama

Former vocalist of the popular Indonesian band Samsons, Bambang Reguna, affectionately known as Bams, has been battling the ravages of muscle and skin cancer for the past three years.

However, this has not deterred him from realising his dream of performing on the Malaysian stage.

A dream deeply rooted since he embarked on his solo career 12 years ago is about to come true as he joins the Trio Terhebat Vol.1 concert alongside his industry peers, Marcell Siahaan and Once Mekel, the former vocalist of the renowned band Dewa 17.

For Bams, the opportunity to grace this stage is an incredibly precious moment, as it would allow him to serenade fans with his timeless hits like Naluri Lelaki, Kenangan Terindah, Akhir Rasa Ini and Kisah Tak Sempurna.

"The cancer is still here, but it doesn't affect my artistic career because it's only spread to 3% of my body. My health is optimal; I just need to be mindful of my diet because my kind of cancer happened due to overworking my body," he shared during the Trio Terhebat Vol.1 press conference recently.

Marcell Siahaan (left) and Bam at the press event to promote their upcoming concert. Photo: BernamaMarcell Siahaan (left) and Bam at the press event to promote their upcoming concert. Photo: Bernama

Even though he is no longer undergoing treatment, Bams recognises the need for ample rest to ensure complete recovery.

Bams, 41, also shared exciting news about releasing his second solo album in Indonesia and Malaysia next year, dedicated to his fans.

"I'm eager to create more art, but this year, my country (Indonesia) had an election. So I didn't think it was wise to do anything in terms of entertainment because the whole focus was on politics," he remarked.

Discussing the upcoming concert, Bams assures that he is committed to delivering his best performance, even when sharing the stage with Once, who is said to have a higher vocal range.

"I don't need to be good at everything because every artist has their advantage and uniqueness," he emphasised.

Meanwhile, Marcell, 47, mentioned that he does not have any timeline to retire from singing.

"For me, there is no such thing as retirement from singing. It's different from being a politician. I am a singer, so I'll continue singing until the end of my life," he said.

Trio Terhebat Vol.1 concert is set to take place at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on May 4. Tickets are priced from RM268 to RM1,388 and available from www.ticket2u.com. – Bernama

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