Thursday, May 5, 2011

Life List #8: Switchfoot in KL!

ok i'm not really over the concert yet. hehe.
But here's my article that's up on Yes World: Switchfoot raises a storm in KL

UPDATE: I've reproduced the article here cause it's been taken off the site


 Switchfoot raises a storm in KL

San Diego-based rock band Switchfoot returned to Malaysia on May 1st as part of their 2011 Asian tour of their latest album, "Hello Hurricane". The guys were last in Malaysia in 2008 in what was described as 'one of the best live shows in Malaysia!'
 
Armed with the knowledge of Things not to do at a Switchfoot concert  we were geared to have the best night of our lives despite the storm brewing in the heart of KL.
 
Opening for Switchfoot was upcoming Malaysian band Bus Company which stood their own and got the crowd charged up for the main act.
 
Switchfoot – comprising Jon Foreman (vocals/guitar), Tim Foreman (bass), Chad Butler (drums), Jerome Fontamillas (keys/guitar) and Drew Shirley (guitar) – has sold over 4.4 million albums in its career. The band released three independent records before its breakthrough album, The Beautiful Letdown (2003), which was certified multi-Platinum.
Each of the band’s subsequent studio albums –Nothing Is Sound (2005), Oh! Gravity (2006) and Hello Hurricane (2009) – debuted in the Top 20 of The Billboard 200 and elicited critical acclaim. The Best Yet, the group’s first-ever greatest hits collection, was released in November of 2008.
 
While The Beautiful Letdown became an anthem for a generation of fans to leave a life of complacency, Switchfoot’s seventh studio album Hello Hurricane, encourages fans to live for something beyond themselves. The album received a Grammy Award in 2011 for the Best Rock Gospel Album.  Switchfoot is now in the process of recording a new album, Vice Verses, which is expected to be released this summer.
 
Switchfoot raised a storm at Dewan Mutiara in Kuala Lumpur with their performance on Labour Day. Opening with The Sound, the band went on to playing Stars and Gone which saw the entire venue rocking to every beat. Your Love is a song and Awakening drew people to sing-a-long and the voices never ceased throughout the show.
   
"We asked you guys on Twitter what you wanted to hear and we got requests for some old school stuff," said lead singer Jon Foreman which resulted in the band playing favourites like Meant to Live, We Are One Tonight and Learning to Breathe.
In a truly heartfelt moment, Jon said he was overwhelmed  with the love from Malaysia and it felt a lot like home, before starting into This is Home which was featured on the soundtrack of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.
The entire Switchfoot experience was almost a spiritual one especially when they performed Always and the energy from the crowd seemed to rise with every song. When the band left the stage, the crowd cued in the intro to Hello Hurricane and Switchfoot returned for the encore with thesong from their latest album. Only Hope, Dare You to Move and The Shadow Proves the Sunshine rounded up a truly fantastic, hope-fuelled evening.
 
Switchfoot left vowing to return and from their Tweets, we hope it'll be soon!
@JonForeman: “We love you Malaysia, thanks for an incredible night! You're beautiful- thanks for lifting up your voices with ours!”
@Switchfoot: “Wow. The mighty KL was a force to be reckoned with. One of my favorite crowds of the tour! We love you KL, -Tim”
  

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