A tropical thunderstorm just hours before the start of MTV World Stage Live In Malaysia did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of the more than 15,000 music fans gathered at Sunway Lagoon Resort in Kuala Lumpur 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 Malaysiaâs Estranged. The two-hour world premiere telecast will debut on MTV Philippines Friday, September 4 at 5:00PM.
The event kicked off with local favourites Estranged starting with a rousing performance of âSlave In Usâ. The award-winning rockers followed with two Malay rock songs, âKetika Iniâ and âYang Pernah,â setting the tone for an unforgettable night of live music. Their single âIn No Timeâ finished the set and got the entire mosh pit head-banging in rhythm to their music.
Boys Like Girls
Boys Like Girls took the stage next and started their set with the title track of their upcoming album âLove Drunk.â The Massachusetts band got the crowd going with the fantastic guitar and drum intro of âHero/Heroineâ and, as if on cue, the rain returned and the crowd screamed even louder as the band sang âThunder.â The excitement escalated with a performance of âThe Great Escapeâ, one of their first songs to be popular 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 âJust Because.â They enthralled the audience with a four-song repertoire showcasing the unique vocal styling and glam rock moves of lead singer, Ray Gun.
Next it was show time for MTV World Stage Live In Malaysiaâs sole female performer, Pixie Lott. The 18-year old UK phenomenon brought a distinct pop tempo to the stage, giving audiences an energetic and eclectic performance of her upcoming single âTurn It Up,â current chart-climber âBoys and Girlsâ and then her #1 hit, âMama Do.â
MTV VJs Denise, Andy and Sean next introduced American rockers Hoobastank. The Oklahoma trio brought rock nâ roll back to centre stage with a set including their hits âMy Turn,â âThe Letter,â âCrawling in the Darkâ and then even inspired a massive sing-along with an impromptu cover of the 80âs hit, âGhostbusters.â They closed the set giving fans a remarkable live rendition of their biggest hit, âThe Reason.â
The All-American Rejects
The All-American Rejects kicked off their set list with the Billboard Top 10 hit, âDirty Little Secret.â From there they rolled into performances of âI Wanna,â âThe Real World,â and âGives You Hell,â the 2008 hit that climbed both Billboardâs Hot 100 and Pop 100 charts, as well as the UK single and Australian charts.
MTV World Stage Live In Malaysia marked UK-based Kasabianâs Southeast Asia debut as well as the nightâs final performance. They opened their set with pyrotechnics setting the stage for a rousing version of their massive 2004 hit, âClub Foot,â their current single âFireâ and âVlad the Impaler.â As the final performers of the night, the UK #1 artists literally lit up the audience with more fireworks and an eruption of Sunway Lagoonâs volcano to mark the end of a historic night in Malaysiaâs music history.
Arguably the largest live popular music event ever staged in Malaysia, attendees of MTV World Stage Live In Malaysia included local and regional dignitaries, celebrities, international media executives and record label representatives.
Demonstrating MTVâs unique international scale and its ability to connect global audiences to the greatest and latest music acts, 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. MTV World Stage is a weekly series showcasing live musical performances across MTVâs international network and launched in February 2009. MTV World Stage Live In Malaysia marks MTVâs first originally produced event airing as part of the franchise and its global premiere is scheduled for Friday, September 11.
MTV World Stage Live In Malaysia is proudly presented by Sunway Lagoon Resort and sponsored by Tourism Malaysia. In Malaysia, the show is presented by Xpax and MTV Credit Card from Hong Leong Bank. Catch repeats on Sunday, Sept 6 at 8pm; Saturday, Sept 12 at 5pm; Wednesday, Sept 23 at 7pm and Thursday, October 1 at 2pm.