Rest In Peace, Chester❤

It was July 20, 2017 and I walking around downtown Edmonton, while I was on vacation leaving for Jasper, Alberta the next day. I scroll through my Instagram and I suddenly see the headline, “RIP Chester”.

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In absolute shock and disbelief, I type into Google ‘Chester Bennington’, maybe it’s the wrong Chester. Nope, I read again the headlines and I burst into tears. I never cry for celebrity deaths because I don’t have any personal connection to these people, but Chester was different. He is the reason why I fell in love with rock music, because of his music I got through high school. He got a lot of teenagers of my generation through rough times. I have never been to a Linkin Park concert and I dreamed of the day I will see them perform on stage. The news were heartbreaking for me, I simply couldn’t believe it.

For those of you who have not heard of Linkin Park or Chester, Chester is the lead singer of the rock band Linkin Park. Chester had powerful vocals that touched your soul, I personally feel like no one else can compare to him. Chester’s road to success wasn’t always easy, there were countless rejections from record label companies. In his early days, Chester was was part of a band called “Grey Daze” (1993), the band recorded three albums but in 1998 he left the band. It was struggle for him to find another band after leaving Grey Daze, however, Jeff Blue, now a vice president of A&R at Warner Bros., intervened to help the band sign with Warner Bros. Records. On October 24 2000, Linkin Park released their debut album “Hybrid Theory”

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As a side project in 2005, Bennington formed another bad as a side project called Dead By Sunrise, their debut album was released on October 13, 2009. According to online articles, . He worked on new material with Stone Temple Pilots in 2013 to release the EP High Rise on October 8, 2013, via their own record label, Play Pen.

To me he was one of the greatest vocalists in the rock music world, his vocals had so much emotion, a really distinct voice that cannot be forgotten.

Thank you Chester for existing and sharing your talent! You are missed so much! Please continue to support Linkin Park, I know one day they will come back, so when they do we will there waiting for them.

Thank you for reading and see you soon!

Source (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chester_Bennington)

 

 

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One Ok Rock Ambitions Tour 2017

 

Note: This is a super late post reviewing the One Ok Rock concert I attended on January 17th, my blogging schedule is lacking. I will work on creating a concrete schedule for posting blog posts on a regular basis, sorry about that everyone. However, I hope you still enjoy this post. 

Where do I even begin when I talk about One Ok Rock, they are simply one of kind and on the rise of stardom. I discovered One Ok Rock back in 2014 while watching the live action of Rurouni Kenshin Movie. The first song I heard by them was “Mighty Long Fall”, I thought it was best song I’ve heard in a long time.

I attended their tour in 2015 and when I found out they were coming to Toronto again this year, I knew I had to go. The concert was held at Rebel Club in Toronto, there were many people coming to see them perform along with new and old fans. The venue is 45,000 square feet, there are two floors, however, the top floor seemed more spacious. The venue’s location is not the best, it was slightly hard to find. If the concert is held at the same venue when they come to Toronto again, plan ahead and leave earlier. The lineups moved fairly quickly thanks to the well trained staff.

The concert began with an opening act from the band, Cruisers, I have never heard of them before that night. Even though they were not well known, many people enjoyed their music and I did too.

I cannot recall exactly how many songs they performed, but I believe it was around 5-7. Cruisers exited the stage around 8pm and we were waiting approximately 35 minutes for the crew to set up their stage, and do sound check. The anticipation could be felt all throughout the venue, all of us could not wait to see our favorite band on stage. Eventually, they came out on stage opening with their song the show with, “Taking Off”. The song list for the concert is as follows:

  1. Ambitions (Introduction)
  2. Taking Off
  3. Take Me To The Top
  4. Deeper, Deeper
  5. Clock Strikes
  6. Decision
  7. Hard To Love
  8. Bedroom Warfare
  9. The Beginning
  10. I Was King
  11. Take What You Want
  12. We Are
  13. Mighty Long Fall

Taka (vocalist), Toru (guitarist), Ryota (bassist) and Tomoya (drummer) had so much energy, they knew how to make the audience excited to rock out to their music. I observed each member of the group and they performed with a passion, it was wonderful to see how much they love what they do for a living. One of the things that always impresses me about Taka is his vocal range and stamina. He sounded stable all throughout his songs, running and jumping around on stage. My favorite songs from the concert were “We Are”, “Taking Off”, “The Beginning” and “Mighty Long Fall”. However, I was strongly anticipating to hear “We Are”, I love the passion in Taka’s voice when he sing the lyrics talking about staying true to who you are and never giving up.

After seeing One Ok Rock performing twice, once in 2015 and again this year I can tell they seemed more comfortable and even more energetic to be on stage. They are growing their fanbase, and they are becoming even more prominent in the music world. I love their music because the melody, the lyrics and the way Taka sings touches my soul. It makes me feel encouraged, energetic and happy. Taka sings 100% live and in this day and age of auto-tune, it seems rare to see that. The price of the tickets were reasonable, and not overly expensive. However, that may not last for too long because they are become more and more popular.

They are making their U.S. debut and have already signed a contract with Fueled Ramen Records. I hope one day I get to see them perform on the Grammys 🙂

With that being said, I will conclude this concert review with sharing some live performances and music videos from One Ok Rock.

Thank you for reading and see you soon!

Friday Funday! Top 5 YouTube Musicians.

Hello everyone,

Weeee, it’s Friday and it is also time for another Friday Funday post!

Isn’t it a great feeling when you open gifts on Christmas day? Well that’s how I feel when I discover a new musician, I think of it as starting a new relationship. From listening to every song to buying concert tickets whenever the musician announce he/she are going on tour.

So today I decided to share with you some of favorite YouTube musicians, there are so many and more people need to know about them.

Let’s begin!

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5. Max Schneider. (https://www.youtube.com/user/MaxSchneider1)

I discovered his music from “FromHeadToToe’s” (a beauty guru on YouTube) lookbook video! In the music scene, Max Schneider is referred to as MAX and this year he got signed to Pete Wentz’s record label DCD2. His song “Streets of Gold”  has that infectious catchy pop music sound, so I was instantly hooked. I went to explore his YouTube channel and I fell in love with his original music and song covers. If you are looking for an artist who plays pop music, this is the one for you! The song I’ll share is “Streets of Gold”, it is so lovely.

4. Daichi Beatboxer. (https://www.youtube.com/user/daichibeatboxer)

Yes, beatboxing falls under the category of music! I am usually not a big fan of beatboxing, I have nothing against, but Daichi turned me into a beatboxing lover. Daichi is a Japanese beatboxer and I found his channel when I was searching for Attack on Titan music (a Japanese anime show). His charisma has a lot to do with my decision of listening to his beatboxing. He is always smiling and seems to be having fun. I can imagine that beatboxing can be quite tiring, but he does it so well. If you like beatboxing and you are looking for someone new, check out Daichi’s channel. Thumbs up for how many time I said beatboxing in this paragraph (sarcasm implied) haha.

3. Pellek Official. (https://www.youtube.com/user/pellekofficial)

I already talked about Pellek on my blog about a week ago, but I had to include him on this list. He is Norwegian rock/metal performer who records song covers and also has original content on his YouTube channel. His music range is off the charts and the creativity of his covers is always impressive. That’s not all, he also sings in different languages i.e. Japanese, French and Spanish. He is making rock/metal music extra special and unique!

2. Lindsey Stirling. (https://www.youtube.com/user/lindseystomp)

Let’s take a spin on classical violin music and make it more modern! Well, Lindsey Stirling knows exactly how to make that happen and she does it well. I have a thing for modern violin music, to me it is very powerful, emotional and soothing. Lindsey knows how to make it sound unique and deliver stunning music videos. She is not just standing there and playing violin, she putting on a show. I like to think of it as classical music meets Circus Du Soleil and this is especially evident in the music video I’ll share below. On the other hand, also deliver a different themes. I think it’s safe to say that I am obsessed!

1. Pentatonix. (https://www.youtube.com/user/PTXofficial)

This…I can’t even find the right words for this group because they are just so INCREDIBLE!!! Pentatonix is a cappella group (solo singing without any instrumental accompaniment), they record covers and they also have their own original music. The group formed in 2011, they appeared on NBC’s show, The Sing Off. Pantatonix won and got a recording contact with Sony Records. However, shortly after their appearance on the talent show, Pentatonix was dropped by the label and they started their own YouTube channel to promote their music. Now Pantatonix has about seven million subscribers with an overall of 842 million views. The group released their debut album EP PTX Volume I in 2012 and they release PTX Volume II, debuting number one on the Billboard Independent Album Chart. One the biggest accomplishment for this group is winning a Grammy for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella for “Daft Punk” at this year’s Grammy Awards.

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I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Please let me know which one of the YouTube musicians you are planning to watch. Have fun listening to their music 🙂

Now it is time for me to go and watch some Boy Meets World episodes, see you soon lovelies!

Music Monday! Pellek – Cloud Dancers.

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to Music Monday!

Happy Monday everyone and yes it is happy because I have the day off because of Family Day. It is a new holiday here in Canada and it feels great to have the Monday off, I have been hibernating at home because it is freezing outside. Now let’s get back to Music Monday, I’ll be sharing the music of the YouTube musician, Pellek.

Pellek.

Pellek is a Norwegian metal/rock singer and songwriter, he is best known for his work on YouTube and he has also released his own original music. His vocal power is unreal, his vocal range spans between four octaves. He covers variety of songs from mainstream music to anime songs. I have watched every video he has posted and I am waiting for more original releases. Today I will be sharing one of his original songs, “Cloud Dancers”, pay close to his vocals and you will see what I mean about his vocal power.

Enjoy and let me know what you think!

See you soon!

Music Monday! Spatial Unity – Knock Me Off My Feet.

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to Music Monday! I am sorry to keep you waiting with today’s post, but here it is now. Today’s song pick is “Knock Me Off My Feet” by Spatial Unity. I discovered this song from a YouTube video and I really liked it.

It was difficult to find information about the band, but what I did find is that they are a British pop/rock band that was formed in 2006. There are only two members in the group and they are Andy Pearce (composer/producer) and Andy Murray (creative guitarist/song writer). So far I like the few songs I’ve heard from them, but I need to do more exploring. This song is has a happy melody and I think it’s nice to play it during a relaxing weekend afternoon. You guys might laugh, but I listen to this song when I make a bubble bath, haha. I like to listen to happy music when I’m trying to relax 🙂

Enjoy and let me know what you think of the song!

See you soon!

Top 10 Music Moments: 2013 Edition!

Hello everyone,

It has been a very eventful year in the world of music, so I decided to pick the top 10 music moments of 2013. Enjoy!

Music in 2013!

1. Beyonce’s Surprise Album Release. Beyonce certainly surprised all of us this year with her surprise album release. Her self titled album was released on December 13, 2013, before she released her 14 track album, Beyonce revealed that she recorded 80 songs. Her album currently peak at number one on the Billboard chart for third week in a row. Queen Bee has done it again.

2. Destiny’s Child Super Bowl 2013 XLVII Halftime Show Reunion. If you grew up listening to Destiny’s Child, then this moment brought back many nostalgic feelings. The performance was pure perfection, it was great seeing them back together. Now time for 2014 album release, it doesn’t hurt to hope.

3. David Bowie’s Return. You thought you’ve seen the last of David Bowie in the music industry, didn’t you? Well surprise, surprise, David Bowie is back with his twenty-fourth studio album, “The Next Day”. This is Mr. Bowie’s first album since 2003, his album is ranked the second best album of 2013 and the album is nominated for Best Rock Album at the 2014 Grammy Awards.

4. Cory Monteith’s Farewell. A sad moment in music this year was the passing of Glee star, Cory Monteith. Cory passed away at the tender age of 31 years old from his hard battle with substance abuse addiction. Cory started to seek help the beginning of 2013, however being addicted since his teenage years, he lost his battle. It was a very emotional moment for his fans, family, friends and his girlfriend Lea Michele. Rest in peace Cory.

5. Justin Timberlake’s return to the music scene. This is a moment that many fans have been waiting for, including myself. Mr. Timberlake came back to the music scene with bang and he has once again reminded us of his great talent.

6. Miley Cyrus’s controversial return. There is no doubt that Miley Cyrus made the headlines very frequently this year with the release of her single “We Can’t Stop”. To top it all off, her VMA performance was the cherry on top, in a bad way. Miley’s old Hannah Montana image no longer exists and Miley has made that very clear with her actions. I wonder what Miley has in store for us in 2014.

7. Macklemore/Ryan Lewis and Lorde Takes Us By Storm. This year has been a great year for introducing new and unique artists in the music industry. Macklemore, often compared to Eminem because of his outstanding rapping abilities, became a mainstream artist thanks to his hit single “Thrift Shop”. A catchy beat, with interesting lyrics, the duo, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis continue to introduce great new hits. Lorde’s unique persona and captivating music style is the new big thing in music. The 17 year old New Zealand singer shined with her song “Royals”. Both artists have been nominated for a Grammy.

8. YouTube’s Viral Music. There is no question that  2013 was the year of catchy music from the “Harlem Shake” by  Baauer to the “The Fox” by Ylvis. “Harlem Shake” peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the song became so viral, that people began recording dances to this song. “The Fox” peaked at number 6 and it has about 309,611,919 views. Both song became a worldwide hit for their catchy melodies.

9. Daft Punk’s Groovy Return. Daft Punk returned to the music scene this year and it has been very exciting. This is their first album release since 2005, fans were excited to see the biggest electronic music duo. Their new album is packed is funky/groovy tracks, if you are an electronic music fan then this album is for you.

10. TLC’s Comeback at the AMAs. The last time we saw TLC together was paying a tribute to Left Eye at the VMAs, this year they finally made a comeback with Lil Mama taking Left Eye’s place. It has been confirmed that TLC will be going on  tour in 2014, however exact dates have no been announced yet. I’ll keep you posted when I hear something.

What was your favorite music moment of 2013?

AMAs 2013 Review!

Hello everyone,

This post is long overdue, it was difficult to find time to sit down and write this review last week because I was swamped with work. However, here I am with the AMAs 2013 review post, I will be highlighting the main moments of the night.

This year the American Music Awards was quite entertaining, I didn’t find my myself snoozing while watching the show. The American Music Awards were held in L.A.’ s Nokia Theater on November 24, 2013, hosted by Pitbull.

The show featured great performances and some unique ones as well from Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga ft, R. Kelly, Christina Aguilera, Macklemore and many more. Here is the scoop about some of the performances that took place and the winners of the night.

Katy Perry opened the show with her Japanese themed performance of “Unconditionally”, it was very unique and a great start to the show.

Miley Cyrus never fails to get people talking and I think she managed to do this once again. She performed he single “Wrecking Ball” and strangely there was a huge hologram of a cat lip-syncing along with Miley. At least, this performance was more mellow than her VMAs performance.

Mr. Timberlake brought class to the stage and introduced his performance by saying “This song is about alcohol.” He sang “”Drink You Away” and he sounded flawless live.  JT also received the award for “Best Soul/R&B Album”, his album is pretty amazing.

Jlo brought Latin fever to the stage, she performed a tribute to Celia Cruz. This Latina proved that she has the moved and she changed into show stopping attire throughout the performance. She got a standing ovation from the audience, I even clapped at the end of her performance.

TLC reunited again after many years, performing of their hit single from the 90s “Waterfalls”. I felt that they should’ve had a bigger tribute, but this was great too. Rapper Lil Mama joined them, who filled the void left by late Lisa “Left eye” Lopez.

Lady Gaga and R. Kelly got creative with their performance with an opening skit and a theatrical performance. They performed “Do What U Want” and Lady Gaga yet again showed cased her acting skills. For me, this was my favorite performance of the night.

Rihanna had a big night accepting her first Icon Award, along with her mother who stated that she is very proud of Rihanna. Rihanna delivered an amazing performance of her song “Diamonds”, her vocals were powerful and emotional.

Speaking of an emotional performance, Christina Aguilera performed the emotional ballad “Say Something” featuring A Great Big World.

Other performances of the night were by Macklemore, Imagine Dragons, Arianna Grande, Florida Georgia Line ft. Nelly, Pitbull and Kesha, Kendric Lamar and Many more.

Macklemore performed live from Miami!

To name a few, some of the top winners of the night were Macklemore and Ryan Lewis for “Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop album”, Arianna Grande for “Best New Artist”, Imagine Dragons for “Alternative Rock Artist” and One Direction for “Favorite Pop/Rock Group and Favorite Pop/Rock Album”. Taylor Swift also won two awards for “Artist Of The Year and Favorite Country Album”.

Overall I will give this year’s AMAs an 8/10. Well done.

What was your favorite moment of the show and your favorite performance? Mine was by Lady Gaga and R. Kelly and I will end this post with a video of their performance.

Enjoy!

See you tomorrow with a Friday Funday post!