Rock band to hold first livestream concert


Wings bassist Samsaidi Ulong Idris (Eddie), drummer Azmi Hashim (Black), Awie, guitarists Edrie Hashim and Kamarullizam Kamarudin (Syam) will have their first virtual concert on Aug 29. — LOW LAY PHON/The Star

Fans of legendary rock group Wings will be able to enjoy watching a live performance by the band without going through the hassle of getting to a concert venue.

To mark the group’s 35th anniversary and in conjunction with National Day, Wings will hold its first livestream rock concert titled “Wings Kita Merdeka 2020” on Aug 29.

Vocalist Datuk Ahmad Azhar Othman, better known as Awie, said virtual concerts were new to him and they might feel different compared to regular ones as audiences were not physically present.

However, he said, this method was a creative way for artistes in the music industry to earn a living amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

“This is an opportunity to take our music worldwide and I hope it will encourage other artistes to try having online concerts,” said Awie.

Organised by Sonic Minds Sdn Bhd and Firm Motion Sdn Bhd, the concert is scheduled to start at 7.30pm and estimated to last for about three hours.

Young Malaysian R&B artistes Zynakal and Yonnyboii will open the show while Wings plans to perform 15 songs in total.

Awie said the setup would be similar to a regular concert.

Lighting, he added, would still be important for a virtual concert but the show could take place in a convention hall or hotel ballroom as the group only required a small space with focus on production.

“We will also be paying tribute to frontliners through our costumes and expressing our gratitude as they play their part in the battle against Covid-19,” he said.

Sonic Minds chief executive officer Mohd Suffian Abdul Majid said this was the path to take while embracing the new normal.

“This is something that even artistes worldwide have to go through as we do not know when the pandemic will end.

“We cannot just sit by idly, we have to adapt to the new normal,” he said, adding that the company had to cancel 40 events because of the pandemic.

He explained that virtual events could revive the industry and artistes would be able to follow the standard operating procedures set by the authorities.

“With years of experience under its belt, the band has never failed to entertain audiences no matter the venue or event.

“Moreover, Wings’ fans are very active on social media. There are 850,000 followers between Wings and Awie’s social media accounts,” he said, adding that the band also had fans in Singapore, Brunei, Thailand, the UK and Canada.

With tickets for the concert going for RM35, he said it would give everyone a chance to catch the event as it was cheaper than a regular concert ticket.

Tourism Malaysia senior

director (domestic and events) Datuk Dr Ammar Abd Ghapar

said this initiative was a good way to link the tourism and music industries.

“We are also promoting domestic tourism now, so we are thinking of encouraging interstate travel by holding concerts.

“We are also planning to hold concerts at our borders because we want the tourism and music industries to work together,” he said.

Wings’ concert tickets are available at www.galactix.asia and the concert can be accessed via www.wingskitamerdeka.liveframe.my.

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