Archive for 04/04/2011


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.

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I understand that Rebecca Black has been getting a lot of heat lately for what has come to be known as the most-hated song on YouTube and probably in the entire recording industry. But focusing all our energy on her is just a waste because music is constantly evolving (or not) and there’s always something new. I am by no means saying that Friday is a good song-that’s far from it, but rather, let’s focus our energy on things that matter. Like Katy Perry.

Katy Perry has been on a roll as of late. Since she came onto the scene with the epically-controversial I Kissed  A Boy, her career has only been going upwards.  2010 saw the release of her hit-album Teenage Dream with songs like California Girl,  Firework and the title track going on to top the charts and feature prominently on the famous TV musical dramadey Glee.

Black-and-white head and upper body side shot of a woman, with straight bangs and cat-like eye make-up, looking to her right. She holds her hands close to her face in a prayer-like manner and wears a shiny sleveless top and multiple finger rings. The word "E.T." appears centered near the bottom, with "Katy Perry" above and "Ft. Kanye West" below, all in majuscule pink dashed font.

Single Cover for Katy Perry's E.T. (Image via Wikipedia)

Her first venture in 2011 is a collaboration with Kanye West, who seems to be everywhere lately, named E.T. Yes, that E.T.

Apparently, the whole song is about being in love with a foreigner- something  that is true in Perry’s case, as she married British comedian Russel Brand late last year. But if you happen to hear this song on the radio without consulting Wikipedia, you’re just going to think the song is about alien sex- and West does nothing to dispel that notion with his few rap verses.

I’ll admit, the beat is very catchy, especially at the breakdown verse  where she says ” You’re  from a whole other world, a different dimension, You open my eyes, And I’m ready to go, Lead me into the light” but the rest of the song is very shallow (hence the reason why I brought up Friday in the opening paragraph).  I’m very disappointed because one of the writers of this track is Max Martin , whose almost legendary in the world of good pop music.

But if vocal-enhancers are being used, it doesn’t show, because the 26 year-old singer is actually able to carry a note (and a very high one).

The video also just recently came out, and features the two collaborators in, what else, an extra terrestrial setting. Though I really don’t want to get this video, especially since this seems to be the craze  (see Gaga’s Born this Way video for further proof), I am going to applaud the hard work that went into making Perry into an alien. She’s not strikingly pretty but she’s not ugly either and I really loved her look in Teenage Dream. Anyways, this excess does serve a purpose here and I like it.

Everything else? No just no, no, no! Kanye looks like a fish out of water, the whole robot coming to life in the end sequence is creepy, and I really don’t understand the very obvious sunglasses product placement and the walking into the sunlight thing. Maybe I just don’t want to…  Maybe Perry should just focus her next projects on more Earthly things (and stop banishing Adele from the top of the charts)

Here’s the video for your viewing enjoyment. What do you think?