My music playlist is running dry.
I have been listening to my chill out Cafe Del Mar music for such a long time that I don't even know what's the latest bands and music that's been coming out. In fact, when a whole bunch of international artists came down to Malaysia last month, I didn't even recognize most of them.
Maybe I'm getting old. At least last time I checked, bands have names that still sounded cool and awesome, like Westlife, Backstreet Boys, New Kids On The Block.
Nowadays, they just sounded like poor things that nobody wants at all.
HoobaSTANK? The All-American REJECTS?
You must understand that before last week, the only song I knew from All-American Rejects was the overplayed one on the radio that goes, "When you see my face, hope it gives you Hell, hope it gives you Hell."
I thought it means their face is very ugly. And they don't sound very friendly at all.
So I wasn't planning to attend the concert initially. Unless I'm Satan, the idea of being squashed by thousands of sweaty teenagers screaming to a band that promises to "gives me Hell" doesn't sound like something I'd like to do on a Saturday night.
But of course I changed my mind the last minute. Since the whole of KL is going (and I got free passes), I thought why not give it a shot and see what this All-American Rejects is all about.
Well, I went to the concert, and I'd like to humbly take my words back.
I had no regrets being squashed by the thousands of sweaty teenagers, because The All-American Rejects absolutely kicked ass!
They were really really good.
Apart from Gives You Hell, other tracks I really liked are The Wind Blows and the one that goes "I wanna I wanna I wanna touch you, you wanna touch me too!"
Before they finish their set, lead singer Tyson Ritter thanked the audience and announced, "We'll be back in Malaysia very soon!
The crowd literally went bonkers.
Sure enough, the official announcement came out, and The All-American Rejects is set to come back to deliver their encore performance on the 10th October at 1Utama.
There's only one catch though. Tickets to the upcoming All-American Rejects concert are NOT FOR SALE!
None of the ticketing outlets carry them so even if you got the moolah, too bad.
In fact, it would be impossible to get anywhere close to the All-American Rejects unless you: (a) Sign up to DiGi Music for free to easily get one ticket automatically;
Yes, in some countries they call this "blackmail". Here, we prefer to call it "pressure".
Of course, instead of threatening, you can always offer to do something nice for them. Clean their car, wash their dogs or give them a backrub. The important thing is, you will get a concert ticket as long as someone you invited on Facebook subscribes to DiGi Music)
Now, in case you're wondering what the heck is this DiGi Music thing all about. Hear me out. In short, it's the telco company's online music portal that tries to make it easier for you to discover new music, create your own playlists and share them with your friends.
Yalah. To a certain extent, it can do that.
However, to be PERFECTLY HONEST with you, they still got a looooong way to go before they make that website fast, user-friendly and capable of streaming music effortlessly.
So forget it. The only reason you'd sign up with DiGi Music is because it's the only way you're gonna get your hands on those exclusive not-for-sale concert tickets.
Understandably, some people may balk at the idea of a not-for-sale concert. But think about it. Considering a typical concert tickets cost RM100. Signing up to DiGi Music is just RM5 a month.
Which one more worth it? You tell me. Only condition is that you must have a DiGi number, which isn't too much to ask when the price of a prepaid SIM card is the same as a pirated CD.
Despite the clunky interface, there is one nice thing about signing up to DiGi Music.
Not only will you get to watch live concerts and attend exclusive meet-and-greets, you can also download any songs you like from the entire DiGi Music catalogue to your phone or PC completely and utterly free of charge.
Too good to be true?
Of course it's too good to be true lah!
You think everything in life all FREE FREE FREE one meh? The caveat here is that you can play most tracks for up to a month only, after which it will self-destruct (unless you pay for it).
But hey, at least all the latest music from the big names are there.
Not a single cent will be charged for browsing or downloading to your phone. Best of all, it's available online all the time, anytime of the day.
That's even better than buying it from your local pirated CD shop. Except this one is 100% guaranteed legal. So donch worry.
Police won't come and catch you one.