Peterpan New Year 2006 ConcertMay 25, 2008
Peterpan’s Ariel (left) and Uki showing off their guitar skills. –STARpics by Azhar Mahfof.
The return of Indonesian band-of-the-moment Peterpan to our shores was greeted by nearly 30,000 fans at Merdeka Stadium on New Year’s Day. JASON CHEAH braved the crowd and the rain to join in the revelry.
IT COULDN’T have been a more different picture compared to when Indonesian outfit Peterpan performed in Kuala Lumpur last May at a smaller, more intimate venue.
Sunday’s New Year Concert at Merdeka Stadium literally saw a tenfold increase in attendance. Of course, by default, the stadium could well have accepted more than the 30,000 plus who turned up.
It was pouring since 3pm that day but fans still thronged the stadium. It was a pretty solid two hour-plus of music for the fans to savour after a long and wet wait.
Opening bands from Malaysia, first with Pretty Ugly with a short two-song set, then with ska favourite Gerhana Skacinta singing three songs, gave good accounts of themselves, receiving warm appreciation from a crowd predominantly made up of fans there to watch the Bandung-based Peterpan.
But on to the main show, the sextet of Ariel on lead vocals, Lukman and Uki on guitars, Indra on bass, Andika on keyboards and Reza on drums, entered the stage via various points (Ariel himself was raised from a platform from underneath the stage) to the sound of fireworks.
A full 90-minute set from Peterpan got the audience satisfied and the feel-good factor was evident right from the start. Bar some acoustics that sounded as muddy as the field (and many of the fans) for the first one-third of their set, it was only from the sixth song onwards that Ariel’s vocals and lyrics began to be heard.
The crowd didn’t seem disappointed by that factor, judging by the sing-along sessions that already began right from the word go with the first song.
Vocalist Ariel, whose easy rapport with the crowd was once again in evidence – “Kuala Lumpur looks beautiful from up here,” he quipped in English at one point later during the concert – seemed just as happy to let the band’s fans have their say.
Nevertheless, the last hour of the set had him and his cohorts keeping to the kind of music game they are most familiar with – feel-good melodies, some melancholic tunes, and sometimes just plain old rock’n’roll.
Whether it was the sing-along smash hit Bintang di Syurga from the band’s album of the same name, Apa Apa Dengan Mu, Mungkin Nanti, Ku Katakan Dengan Indah and Khayalan Tingkat Tinggi from the same album, or Mimpi Yang Sempurna, Sahabat, Aku dan Bintang and Kita Tertawa from debut album Taman Langit, the crowd lapped it up.
The band was tight and focused, even after battling through some patchy sound adjustments and once they got going, it wasn’t just the vocals that pleased the crowd; it was also the tight musicianship.
There was also a special guest appearance during Peterpan’s set, with Joe Flizzow of Too Phat as well as Ahli Fiqir joining the band for one song.
The 17 songs that night (and no encore, either, as apparently it isn’t a common thing for Indonesian bands, or even fans) may have been a little short – but then again, what Peterpan promised for that particular night, and the fans were certainly satisfied with the night’s music, mud and all.