So it’s great news that members of seven well-known groups from that era have banded together as The Palace, borrowing the name of the biggest discotheque back then. “Boyd Kosiyabong chose the name,” the band says on its Facebook page, which features a lot of people missing other people under the slogan “Recall the Young You”.
The Palace appeared this week as part of Channel 3’s mobile concert “TV3 Sanjorn” after debuting at the “Love More, Live More” event organised by Thai Life Insurance.
In the band are Soonthorn “Jeed” Sucharitchan (formerly the Royal Sprites vocalist), Wongsakorn “Ton” Ratsameetat (McIntosh drummer), Saichon Radomkit (the Innocent guitarist), Peerasanti Chuabsamai (the Innocent keyboardist), Mantree Kitikun (Forever bassist), Ronnachai “Aod” Tomyapariwat (Keereebun), Ronnapob “Toey” Akkarat (Inca guitarist) and Wasu “Jip” Saengsingkaew (Ploy singer).
Yes, most of them have their own regular gigs, as musicians or otherwise – Jeed is a restaurateur, Saichon is a producer at Boyd’s record label Love Is, and Jip is with the Foreign Affairs Ministry – but this was an nostalgia trip not to be missed.
Concert organisers, book them while you can. The man to talk to is Saichon, Find him on “ThePalaceBandFanPage” on Facebook.
Comedian Charoenporn “Kohtee” Onlamai has heard complaints on the social media about the cost of the chicken rice at his Koh Khao Man Kai chain, but “the Bt91 price is rather normal for a stand-alone outlet in a mall,” he says, in no mood to joke. “I pay Bt140,000 to Bt160,000 a month in rent, so there’s no way I could sell it for less.”
What does worry him is poor service. “I will not put up with anything that damages my reputation, so I’ve closed a few branches that had problems. Now I have a lot of kitchenware lying around at home!”