Time sure flies! We’re three months away from the New Year and the concert scene is ever so vibrant. October sees ‘80s acts Tiffany, Wang Chung, Alphaville and Howard Jones coming together for the Retrolicious concert on 6 October. Not to be outdone, Malaysian rock legends Wings and Search are staging a concert together appropriately titled Double Trouble. There’s definitely something for everyone. As for me, this is my Top 5 gigs for the month.
He’s no stranger to our island. James Morrison was here in April for an intimate MTV Sessions performance. My friends, who were lucky enough to attend the show, have told me that he is an amazing live performer. James’ third and latest album, 'The Awakening', has been touted as his best so far. This man has a soulful voice and musical maturity that belies his age. Sure, James might return in 20 years time for a Retrolicious concert but this is your chance to catch him at his peak. Don’t miss it!
2 October, 9pm, Esplanade Concert Hall; tickets $188, $148, $128, $108, $88, $68 from SISTIC
To the younger folks, Kenny Rogers is famous for his chicken. But for the older generation, and I count myself in that category, Kenny Rogers is synonymous with easy-listening country music. In the late ‘70s till the late ‘80s, Kenny had a string of pop hits such as 'Lucille', 'The Gambler', 'Coward Of The County', 'She Believes In Me' and 'Love Will Turn You Around' to name a few. In 1991, he started Kenny Roger Roasters; the pop hits dried up although he continued to hit the country charts. With 19 platinum albums and over 120 million records sold worldwide, Kenny is a superstar and legend.
21 October, 8pm, Singapore Indoor Stadium; tickets $188, $158, $128, $108, $88 from SISTIC
British indie band Spector is bringing its chic style and catchy tunes to Singapore. The band was formed just 2 years ago and their debut album, 'Enjoy It While It Lasts', was released less than 2 months ago! Spector caught the attention of the UK music press with several singles released in 2011. They even received a nomination for BBC’s Sound Of 2012 Poll last December. They’re a new band that’s going places fast.
4 October, 8pm, Avalon, $72 from Gatecrash.com.sg, Topman and HMV stores
Eric Clapton once called Tommy Emmanuel "the greatest guitarist I have ever seen." I have to agree with God. Having watched the guitar maestro several times in the past 10 years, I’ve been floored time and time again by Tommy’s virtuosity. He’s also a pretty decent singer and extremely entertaining. If you’ve never been to a Tommy Emmanuel concert, please do! This man is a legend and a phenomenal musician.
20 October, 7:30pm, Esplanade Concert Hall; tickets $75, $55, $45, $35, $25 from SISTIC
One of the most successful American bands in pop history, Chicago was formed in 1967 and had 11 number 1 singles at their peak during the ‘70s and ‘80s. Many of their hits, such as 'Hard To Say I’m Sorry', 'You’re The Inspiration' and 'If You Leave Me Now', have become karaoke staples. I’m expecting massive sing-along sessions at the concert. That sight alone is going to be worth the price of the ticket.
29 October, 8pm, Singapore Indoor Stadium, tickets $178, $158, $138, $118, $88, $28 from SISTIC
Forever young at heart, Patrick Chng loves going to gigs and checking out Singapore bands. He has also been playing in bands since the late 1980s, writing about music and being an important mover and shaker in the Singapore indie music scene. When he's not checking out or playing gigs, he's at home playing with his guitars and updating his Facebook.