After a highly successful, critically acclaimed 11th edition, Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival is already set to return for next year! The same format will be followed, having two weekends of Main Gigs and Jazz Garden in between, but with more new additions that will exceed everyone’s expectations as seen every year.
“More than 55,000 fans from across the region flocked to DubaiFestivalCity for the annual nine-day event. With the new theme of ‘Rocking the City’, the festival has yet again proven itself to be much more than just a Jazz event,” said Anthony Younes, CEO, Chillout Productions.
With an increase of 20% from the 2012 Edition, this year’s event was indeed more than an average music festival. “The challenge of raising the bar for the next edition will always be there. People will constantly expect a bigger and better edition. Every year, we need to come up with fresh and unique ideas to offer our ever-growing crowd. Truth to be told, it’s not a matter of necessity for us, it’s a matter of choice. Just like the festival being a system for bringing Jazz to large audiences that wouldn’t normally hear it. It’s not easy, but we did it. And for 2014, we most definitely will,” commented Younes.
The newly slimmed down Axl Rose put on one hell of a show last Thursday at the du arena, with his band mates standing firmly in second place behind this rock behemoth. There was none of his usual diva behaviour on show, with him sliding onto the stage just 13 minutes late, which can be forgiven!
Axl sang non-stop Guns N Roses hits for two and a half hours. A marathon session, only broken by solos from each of the very talented musicians on stage. From Bumblefoot to the previously maligned DJ Ashba, who managed to not put a foot wrong in this year’s show, each musician had a chance to impress the crowd.
Our favourite was Dizzy Reed’s solo, a piano version of Led Zeppelin’s ‘No Quarter’.
‘Chinese Democracy’ opened the mammoth set, followed quickly by ‘Welcome to the Jungle’, which got the audience jumping and joining in with this crowd favourite.
As usual in big concerts the first few songs had a couple of sound issues, with Axl’s voice being slightly overpowered, but the engineer quickly got the set-up correct and Axl pelted out hit, after hit, after hit, after hit (28 in all!).
Axl went through several hat and sunglasses changes, I expect they were getting steamed up from his non-stop energetic performances as he ran himself ragged across the du Arena stage, chased from side to side by the equally energetic Bumblefoot, DJ Ashba, Richard Fortus, and bassist Tommy Stinson.
My personal Guns N Roses favourite ‘I Used to Love Her’, was certainly one of my favourites on the night, and ‘Sweet Child of Mine’ – probably one of Guns’ most well known songs – kicked the set up another notch, with raucous singing coming in from every quarter, myself included.
The closing song ‘Paradise City’ was the icing on the cake, and I doubt if there was one concert-goer who did not sing along to that!
“GnR was awesome, one of the best concerts I’ve been to! Lots of energy on stage, and it spilled over to the crowd . It was great to be surrounded with people with the same love for music – REAL music ” said audience member Erik Van Boven.
A really nice touch by Bumblefoot was him sporting one of local rock band Point of View’s t-shirts. Good to see international musicians taking notice of our local acts. We also loved the fact that Guns N Roses sent out a thank you to their local opening act Jay Wud:
“Thank U Australia, Malaysia, UAE n’ Lebanon! Big Thanks 2 all the fans, F1, ZZ Top, Rose Tattoo, Estranged, Twilight Actiongirl, Jay Wud, Wanton Bishops, Near Surface, the band, r crew n’ every1 who made this happen (xcpt 4Nando!) Peace!! Axlhttp://bit.ly/10ms2Ex,” they wrote on their Facebook page.
The pyrotechnics and lighting was spot-on, one concert goer said the effects, lighting and fireworks were one of the best bits.
We only had one small niggle. The crowd was much smaller than for the 2011 show, which was a real shame.
What did you think? Add your comments in the comment section below.
FLASH Entertainment today announced a selection of unbeatable packages for the upcoming concerts and events. Packages include the ‘FLASH Season Pass’, ‘Rock Package’, ‘March Madness Package’ and the ‘Icons Package’ and are available at www.thinkflash.ae or by calling 800 FLASH (35274).
The ultimate concert ticket packages include the funniest man on the planet Chris Tucker at the du Forum (February 28 – March 1), world-renowned musician Sting at the du Arena (March 14), the biggest-selling classical soloist Andrea Bocelli as part of the du World Music Festival, du Arena (March 22), eighties rock legends Guns N’ Roses as part of the du World Music Festival, du Arena (March 28), the most influential hard rock band Metallica at the du Arena (April 19) and the biggest live family entertainment brand Monster Jam Abu Dhabi, at Zayed Sports City Stadium (May 10).
The ‘FLASH Season Pass’ offers a 25% discount when purchasing tickets to 4 or more concerts.
The ‘March Madness Package’ offers a 15% discount on tickets purchased to see Sting, Andrea Bocelli and Guns N’ Roses.
Created for rock fans, the ‘Rock Package’ offers a 15% discount on tickets purchased to see both Guns N’ Roses and Metallica.
The ‘Icons Package,’ designed especially for classic music lovers – offers a 15% discount on tickets purchased for both Sting and Andrea Bocelli.
This season’s concert and event packages will offer fans the opportunity to save hundreds of dirhams on their ticket purchases. Event tickets and packages are available at FLASH’s officialwebsite or by calling 800 FLASH (35274).
Stay tuned to FLASH official Facebook & Twitter for news, promotions and competitions.
Please find below outline of event tickets available with packages (full retail prices included in table below).
Meydan Beach, Matrix AVE, Dream Master ME and The PR Clinic present Fatiniza and her brand new album ‘Nothing Is Impossible’ in a spectacular launch event at Meydan Beach on Thursday 7th March.
Located in the heart of JBR, the Meydan Beach is an opulent oasis superbly set for a night of musical fantasy from one of Dubai’s most stunning performers, Fatiniza.
Fatiniza is the Queen of the Independent Music Industry winning Best Female Act 2012 in the Bite My Music Independent Music Awards and Song of the Year with debut single ‘Out of Control’.
Known for her energetic and explosive live performances, this event is one not to be missed.
What to Expect:
Chill with drinks, sheesha and tunes from ‘DJ Loca’ from 19:00. Getting you in the mood for a show is the multi talented ‘Jeremiah and The Lucky Strikes’ taking the stage at 20:30.
Fatiniza will take the stage at approx 21:00 and perform over 1HR of original music including every song from her new album and past favorites.
The is a free to view non ticketed event – the only requirements are:
That you get there early enough to get a good view.
You have a great time
We here at Metality UAE often hear rumours that bands are coming to the UAE, so we thought we would share them with you. We do not know whether these are true, or a hopeful fiction created by someone’s over active imagination, but, we can all hope
Alice Cooper - well, this one was pretty much confirmed, but it seems that Alice has been nabbed by a bigger event company than the original one. So now we don’t know if this has all gone T*&% up…
System of a Down – so the rumour goes that this band will be in the capital in June. We cannot confirm this, but happy happy if true. However it does mean that it is likely at the Flash Forum as an outdoor concert in June would be a KILLER.
Roger Waters – this one we hear is a done deal. Also planned for the capital.
Bon Jovi – who can resist another wrinkly rocker? This one comes with no dirty details!
Europe – These famous rockers were confirmed for another festival that is coming up shortly, but cancelled. Turns out they are still going to be heading to the UAE later this year – or so the rumour goes!
Iron Maiden – this is a persistent rumour and is very possible. Fingers crossed!
Foo Fighters – this rumour has been around since early last year, but keeps on being resurrected – still no details and still no confirmation.
Please feel free to let us know the rumours YOU have heard!
M4 events attempted to charge us the FULL Dh295 for our SIX MONTH OLD son to attend the Slash concert. Just WOW. Every single other concert in the UAE which has been open air and it has been possible for us to take him, we have not been charged at all. Even if M4 events had charged us a lower price, I would not be complaining. (and before people say a baby has no right to be at a concert, we have ear defenders for him so his ears don’t get damaged, and he LOVED Megadeth!)
So we boycotted the event, this means we are unable to write any kind of review. It seems from the comments that Slash and Miles and the band were fantastic, the icing on the cake was the appearance of Alice Cooper, but the organisation and venue were not up to scratch. Also, we were a bit disappointed that not one single UAE band was chosen to open for Slash.
So below we have posted our fan feedback. Please feel free to add YOUR comments!
It was fucking great ! Couldn’t ask for more the guitars sounds were clear , clear bass as well , but since I was in first row Myles voice was kinda low in few songs but after all everything was epic ! But I have 1 complain plz plz plz next time if you guys making a concert in Dubai or Abu Dhabi prepare for the entrance before at least 6 hours so the people who show up first can get a better spot , cause every time there have to be changes ! It’s not the first time , happened at metallica , a7x and today.
Okie the stadium as venue etc maybe was not good. But we’re lucky to have these gigs considerin’ that the genre of music is banned in d’neighbourin’ countries! It was a good concert
Whoever said the event was not great wanted to go to Kanye West but was forced to attend Slash for some reason or the other. It was a good concert!! Agreed that Myles was kind of low in a couple of songs at the start but then they all kind of warmed up real good! And the impromptu entry of Alice Cooper was maybe the best thing ever! Slash and Alice Cooper sharing the stage together, that was like an all time high in the UAE’s history of all things rock n’ roll!!
Megadeth wasn’t good. Slash was epic. Its the only concert that I enjoyed as much as Metallica.
Don’t think I have been to a gig in in the U.A.E where at some point, someone, says that it sucked
Only complain is slash didn’t play god father solo. It was awesome and Alice Cooper showed from no where. What more we need.
He shud have played godfather solo…but otherwise he was at his best…
As someone who’s generally miserable and cynical, it was a brilliant show, loved every minute of it. I guess those complaining were expecting a full GnR show.
SLASH WAS IMPECCABLE, he gave it a 120%!! PHENOMENAL!!!
Megadeth n slash both was not good…hope Metallica will be great like last time..so we are waiting..:))
I dont see why people say it wasnt good , the band peformed well , PA could have been better, crowd was ok.only stupid thing from organizers they took the tickets on entrance how dumb is that, and the box office that sells merchandise closed 1 hour and half before concerts ends ??? Seriously ? Are you that stupid.at the end seeing Alice Cooper was fucking amazing.
It was fuckin awesome! Slash was Slash the way he’s always been, was so amazed to see the same energy as he used to have in the 90′s, the sound was great, and we were so fortunate to hear some of the old Gn’r tracks. It was truly an honor, as a few have mentioned, the God father solo would have been the cherry! Pix of an autographed LP comin soon.
it was great…… GNR tunes kick ass everytime I have to say and Alice Cooper showing up for Schools Out. CLASSIC!! Plenty of monster riffing going on this morning I imagine inspired by last night. I know I’ve wrecked the Mrs head already today!!!
Yea I said it sucked cuz the venue was horrible, as horrible as it can get. Who the hell sits in a rock concert? :s the lights were annoying as well, at least where we were sitting/standing they were horrible. Slash performance was ok.. The best part was Alice Cooper showing up to the concert. But half of platinum area was empty, quite embarrassing, Slash/Myles showed a good gesture and thanked the crowd for showing up. The band kept leaving the stage, they went off stage 3 times n came back, ‘so we got another song’ seemed like there was some issue with the setlist so overall bad venue, badly organized, stupid people at the drinks counter but the band played ok..
The venue was fine, perfect for a concert of that size (blows the 7s stadium out of the water), the problem was the ticket structure. I would have loved to have been bouncing up and down at the front for 2 hours but there was no way I was paying 500 Dhs per ticket. This whole platinum/gold areas and fanpits are killing rock concerts in the UAE. It should be seating and standing at the same price, and the hardcore fans who want to be right at the front turn up early and wait it out, that’s how it works. That’s the reason I’m not going back to see Metallica, 300 Dhs is a lot of money to stand 2 kilometres from the stage while disinterested people with complimentary tickets wander around in the “fanpit” playing with their phones or talking to their friends.
Maybe someone who use to love techno or pop misic said it was not great! I was there was Excellent!! Of course in Argentina is different ( I’m from Argentina) cause people there really enjoy and jump etc etc but here was very nice! Slash and Kennedy as well
Deep Purple has been called a heavy metal band, a hard rock band, a progressive rock band and much more by media and music industry professionals over the last 40 plus years; but Ian Gillan, Deep Purple vocalist feels that these labels are all wrong.
“Media loves to put a label on you; we have never thought of that, if you need a definition it is a rock band. Calling us heavy metal is just ludicrous, classic rock is like a tombstone around your neck. We went through the phase of dinosaurs and wrinkly rockers. I don’t really know how many more insults they can throw at you. A rock band, that’s what we are,” Gillan states.
The wide range of band influences brought in by the band’s members over the years has ensured that really, Deep Purple remains unclassifiable in terms of genre. When Gillan joined the band in 1969, Jon Lord’s input with jazz, organ and orchestral composition were huge, Richie Blackmore the guitarist at the time, was the Jo Meeks’ music productions guitar player for the first independent rock studio in England, and was also a touring musician with a lot of American rock n’ roll stars. Roger Glover the Deep Purple bass player loves all things folk and the drummer was inspired by big band swing.
“It was a completely mixed bag of influences brought into the band, so it is no wonder it is hard to define,” explains Gillan.
Ian Gillan had his own set of blues and rock n’ roll influences including the young Elvis, Little Richard, Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly. The band that influenced Gillan in terms of singing and vocal tone as opposed to writing was Cliff Bennett and the Rabble Rousers.
“It took years and years and years to get my voice into a way that I was happy with it. The bands of the time that I loved, but had no influence whatsoever on me were The Small Faces, and Amen Corner,” says Gillan.
The band has always been slightly eccentric in their approach to fans and publicity, Deep Purple still does not have its own publicist.
“We never really thought about the audience or commerciality because we were just too stupid to figure that out. We still don’t have a publicist, I think sometimes someone from the record label puts one up when we have new products out. Generally speaking we don’t have a publicist so we are not really aware of our worth,” says Gillan.
When he joined the band in 1969, Deep Purple had already had three hit albums and two number one hit singles in America, but they wanted to change their style and they wanted to write their own material, so he and Roger Glover joined, not just as a bass player and singer, but also as a songwriting team.
“I always remember at our first show in the Speakeasy in London with just a few people there mostly consisting of roadies, but when the band cranked up I just looked across and thought, ‘This is it mate, this is what we have been waiting for,’ so that to me was a moment when I realised that we had stumbled into something, maybe stumbled is the wrong word, we had fallen into something that was what we had been dreaming of and that was in 1969,” remembers Gillan. “It has been downhill ever since.”
In 1971, Deep Purple composed their most famous song to date, a song that has been played more times than any other track in the world; Smoke on the Water. The song and its lyrics were born out of an almost tragic event when the band was recording in Montreau, Switzerland.
“`We were in Montreux in Switzerland in 1971 recording the Machine Head album, and the place we were recording was in fact a theatre in a casino, which was made of wood and was a few hundred years old. I was watching the last show of the season and we were moving in the next day. We were watching Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention when someone came in with a flare gun and set fire to the place and it went up blazing and many exciting things happened, lots of dangerous things happened and we went down the coast of Lake Geneva and watched it burn,” Gillan says.
The band then had to find alternative accommodation to record in and at the end of the session the engineer told Deep Purple that he needed one more song. The band was short of time and was leaving Switzerland the next Day.
“We decided to pull out the sound check track from the first day and write a biographical lyric about the making of Machine Head, which started out ‘We all came out to Montreux on the Lake Geneva shoreline to make records for the mobile we didn’t have much time’ etc etc , so the lyrics go through and explain the biographical making of this record. Watching that casino burn to the ground was one of the most vivid things I have seen in my life. We were very close to it, so on the last day Roger [Glover] came up with the title ‘Smoke on the Water’, which he had written on a napkin. I don’t know why, but as writers we do this sort of thing, and that was how it ended up,” explains Gillan.
The track then languished unheard on the record as a filler track for a year or more until someone at Warner Bros saw how well the song was going down during the concerts and did an edit from the seven minute version to something that people would play on the radio.
“We never really thought about those things when we made records, we still don’t. Anyway, it got played a lot on the radio and ended up being the most played track in the world ever,” says Gillan.
Deep Purple have a brand new album coming out in April, but Gillan was not able to talk about it.
“I have only just heard the mixes, I have not even heard the masters yet, we can’t do any of the material on stage because of YouTube and the next day it will be out and spoil the surprise. I don’t know how the information got out. I think it was the constant pressure well, when are you going to make a record, so we did one and it will be out in April and it is really too soon at the moment to start talking about it,” he states.
For more information on the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival check out the website www.dubaijazzfest.com
Former Iron Maiden vocalist Blaze Bayley is heading to Dubai on May 31st and bringing with him some very special merch! Nab yourself one of the below t-shirts at the show so YOU can show the world that Dubai KICKS ASS
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Heavy metal legend Blaze Bayley, former vocalist of Iron Maiden and Wolfsbane is coming to Dubai. For one night only the UAEs heavy metal fans will get the chance to see this legend live on stage performing his solo acoustic show with Thomas Zwijsen and Anne Bakker.
ECHOES WITH LAUGHTER is the first UAE band that will open for BLAZE BAYLEY- this well-known and much loved local band will belt out covers of all your favourite heavy metal bands AND, as a special treat, will be joined on stage by BLAZE BAYLEY himself to sing several Iron Maiden tracks!
Echoes With Laughter: https://www.facebook.com/EchoesWithLaughter?fref=ts
XCEED is the second band that will open for Blaze Bayley. Xceed is known for their powerful renditions of rock and metal classics and are a firm favourite in the Dubai rock scene. The band has recently debuted some very strong originals and are well worth listening to.
Date: May 31st
Venue: The Music Room
Time: 9pm to 3am
NO UNDER 21