MTV World Stage Live @ Sunway Lagoon

A tropical thunderstorm just hours before the start of MTV World Stage Live In Malaysia did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of more than 15,000 music fans gathered at Sunway Lagoon Resort on Saturday, August 15. Decked out in MTV rain gear, eager fans braved the storm and were rewarded with outstanding live performances by Kasabian, Hoobastank, The All-American Rejects, Pixie Lott, Boys Like Girls, Raygun and Malaysia’s Estranged.

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The event kicked off with local favourites Estranged starting with a rousing performance of ‘Slave In Us’.  The award-winning rockers followed with 2 Malay tracks, ‘Ketika Ini’ and ‘Yang Pernah’ setting the tone for an unforgettable night of live music. Their single ‘In No Time’ finished the set and got the entire mosh pit head-banging in rhythm to their music.

Boys Like Girls took the stage next and started their set with the title track of their upcoming album Love Drunk. The Massachusetts band got the crowd going with the fantastic guitar and drum intro of ‘Hero/Heroine’ and, as if on cue, the rain returned and the crowd screamed even louder as the band sang ‘Thunder’.  The excitement escalated with a performance of ‘The Great Escape’, one of the 1st Boys Like Girls songs to gain favour with Malaysian fans.

As night started to fall, UK rock band Raygun took to the stage and kept the energy moving with a rousing performance of their debut single ‘Just Because’.  They enthralled the audience with a 4-song repertoire showcasing the unique vocal styling and glam rock moves of lead singer and namesake, Ray Gun.

Next it was show time for MTV World Stage Live In Malaysia’s sole female performer, Pixie Lott.  The 18-year old UK phenom brought a distinct pop tempo to the stage, giving audiences an energetic and eclectic performance of  her upcoming single ‘Turn It Up’, current chart-climber ‘Boys and Girls’ and her  #1 hit, ‘Mama Do’. Her self-titled debut drops September 14.

MTV VJs Denise, Andy and Sean introduced American rockers Hoobastank next.  Their 3rd visit to KL, the Oklahoma trio brought rock n’ roll back to centre stage with a set that included their hits ‘My Turn’, ‘The Letter’, ‘Crawling in the Dark’  and then even inspired a massive sing-along with an impromptu cover of the 80s hit, ‘Ghostbusters’. They closed the set with their biggest hit, ‘The Reason’ which saw a massive crowd surge.

The All-American Rejects kicked off their set list with the Billboard Top 10 hit, ‘Dirty Little Secret’.  From there they rolled into performances of ‘I Wanna’, ‘The Real World’, and ‘Gives You Hell’ the 2008 hit that climbed both Billboard’s Hot 100 and Pop 100 charts, as well as the UK single and Australian charts.

MTV World Stage Live In Malaysia marked UK-based Kasabian’s Southeast Asia debut as well as the night’s final performance.  They opened their set with pyrotechnics setting the stage for a rousing version of their massive 2004 hit, ‘Club Foot’, their current single ‘Fire’ and ‘Vlad the Impaler’.  As the final performers of the night, the UK #1 artists literally lit up the audience with more fireworks and an eruption of Sunway Lagoon’s volcano to mark the end of a historic night in Malaysia’s music history.

Arguably the largest live popular music event ever staged in Malaysia (according to this MTV release), attendees included local and regional dignitaries, celebrities, international media executives and record label representatives. MTV World Stage Live In Malaysia will be broadcast on a total of 44 different MTV channels in over 150 territories to a potential audience of over 600 million households.  It marks MTV’s first originally produced event airing as part of the franchise and its global premiere is scheduled for Friday, September 11.

The 2-hour world premiere telecast will debut on MTV Asia Friday, August 28 at 8pm Malaysia Time. Read JUICE’s review right here n Wednesday 19 August.