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Lebanese rock music fans have another thing to look forward to this July, after it had been announced earlier that the legendary Scorpions will be performing two concerts in Byblos, as part of their farewell tour. Well, just last week, NRJ, one of the leading English-oriented radio stations in the country, announced that the widely successful American rock/post-grunge band 30 Seconds to Mars would take the very same stage 10 days later.

After initially being skeptical of this announcement-because let’s face it,  I was just a tad disappointed when the band played at Yas Island in early March and not here- I finally believed the news when the band took to their Twitter account and official page. And honestly, I could not be any happier although I have only been a fan of theirs since the release of Hurricane at the end of 2010.

Is there anything this guy can't do? (Image via echelonattack)

So in preparation for this exciting event, I took to Youtube to watch the Closer to the Edge video, which was directed by Bartholomew Cubbins (J. Leto himself) and features clips from their Into the Wild tour, and make some predictions to what we can expect from Jared, Shannon, and Tomo in July.

  1. It is going to be LOUD: You’re going to say this is a definite Duh! moment because they are after all, a rock band. But no one does loud the way this group does. J. Leto is known for his yelling, reminding this blogger of Steven Tyler at some instances, and his brother S. Leto uses some pretty heavy equipment to generate all those drum beats we hear on the album. Don’t forget to factor in the audience singing, which brings me to the next point.
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    This is War Album Cover (Via Amazon.com)

  2. The audience will sing A LOT: It’s a trademark of any 30STM concerts to have the audience chant along with their tracks. On This is War, almost all the tracks have exterior vocals provided by your average fan, thanks to the many Summits the band held while making the album. This leaves  a lot of room for you to go crazy and sing at the top of your lungs. Just a word of advice: come prepared by knowing the album by heart so you can contribute to making the biggest impression. I, for one, cannot wait to sing along to Hurricane and This is War.
  3. It’s going to be BRIGHT: A fundamental element of any concert is the lighting  and one of the many things 30STM happen to do in their concerts is shine bright lights on the audience. Bring your sunglasses because for once it’s going to be okay to wear sunglasses at night. Another brightness factor: Glo-Sticks!
  4. You’re going to be breathless: It’s definitely one of those concerts where you don’t want to be sitting down. Cheering, clapping, singing, and jumping around are all expected. So are stunts, if you’re crazy enough to do them. Who knows, you might be featured in one of their videos (See 2:17 in the video to know what I’m taking about)
  5. They’re Great Live: We’ve all heard the tale of shelving out all the money you had saved up for months to go to a concert only to end up completely disappointed because the music isn’t up to par. Well, that’s not the case with this group. J. Leto certainly has the vocal skills to be able to power through a concert, but even if he does fall short, he can definitely depend on Shannon and Tomo, who are known for their mastery of their instruments. For an example on that, just listen to the epic drumming on Night of the Hunter.
    Shannon Leto live with 30 Seconds to Mars at T...

    Shannon Leto, one of the fastest and most epic drummers on the scene today.(Image via Wikipedia)

  6. Hurricane will probably be played acoustic: And it’s 10 times more chilling than the original- oh and they play the 1.0 version, not the one with Kanye.
  7. It might be a theme night: On the same day the official announcement was made, there was a post on their site describing all the possible themes they could adopt. Which one would you want to see happening for the Byblos concert?
  8. Some lucky audience members might get a chance to go on-stage: This is a tradition of theirs for the Closer to the Edge performance, so if you’re a huge fan, start wishing upon stars from today. You might just end up sharing a stage with three of the hottest men in the world of rock.
  9. Jared’s hair color/style are definitely going to be out there! The guy had a pink Mohawk for the longest time and his fashion instincts only rival those of Lady Gaga, so he’s definitely not going to come on stage in a regular t-shirt and jeans-although that would be great as well. Prepare yourselves for some crazy colors and the possibility of some shirtless-ness .
  10. Despite everything I said above, expect the unexpected Though they sort of have set-format, you really can’t predict what they’re going to do because they will end up shattering those into a tiny million pieces.

Whatever 30 Seconds to Mars have in store for the Lebanese audience,  it’s going to be a concert for the ages in a historic city.


Lebanese are literally just everywhere.

The undefeated Lebanese/German boxer Rola El Halabi was shot by her 44 year old stepfather in the dressing room prior to her title defense on April 1st and will not be able to participate in the match, with a huge chance of having her career over.

El Halabi, 25, is 11-0 in her career and was supposed to fight Irma Balijagic Adler for the vacant IBF lightweight title. Their clash was supposed to be the last on the card at The Trabrennbahn Karlshorst, but the incident instantly ended the evening.

She was shot in the hands, feet and knees by her step-dad – and former manager, as it most probably seemed to be his way of revenge. Two security guards were also shot before Roy El Halabi was arrested. The German daily newspaper Bild interviewed Rola El Halabi after she had a successful surgery during the weekend.

Rola el Halabi, a champion from Lebanon

“I was with my coach and manager in the changing room when Dad rushed into the room, threatening us with a gun and shouted ‘All out! Then he shot me in the hand from three feet away, I cried and cried, begging him to put the gun away. He threatened to shoot himself, but he was too cowardly. He took his time aiming and shot me in the knee, then in my right foot.”

The shootings may have most probably served their purpose of ending her career with such difficult surgeries to recover from.


 

The Michael Jackson statue was unveiled on Sunday at Craven Cottage

 

A statue of the King of Pop has been erected…in England.

Well known Premier League team Fulham has unveiled outside its stadium the statue of the late legendary pop star prior to its match with Blackpool at the Craven Cottage on Sunday.

The main reason for the statue to be unveiled there was to commemorate Michael Jackson’s friendship with the club’s chairman, Mohamed Al Fayed, who danced with children in front of the statue on Sunday.

Al Fayed says “people will queue to come and visit it from all over Britain and it is something that I and everybody else should be proud of.”

The statue had been slated to be erected outside Harrods department store but those plans were shelved when Al Fayed sold the business last year.

Michael Jackson had once attended a Fulham match back in 1999, and his memory will continue to live on through this amazingly created statue.