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Veteran rockers Asanee-Wasan sell out Impact Arena once again



Proving that good rock never dies, Asanee and Wasan Chotikul returned to Impact Arena in Muang Thong Thani for back-to-back concerts on Friday and Saturday and sold out the venue on both nights, with tickets being snapped up almost as soon as they went on sale.

The shows, which celebrated the 26th anniversary of their debut album "Bar Hop Fang", was originally scheduled for last year but like many other gigs, was postponed because of the floods. The album took its title from a Thai proverb that means "carry a lot of things" though the literal translation is "mad, carry, straw".

Due to heavy rain and the usual bad traffic, Friday's concert was very late getting started but fans, eager to hear the Loei-born Chotikul brothers perform, didn't mind the wait.

The show finally kicked off at 8.30pm with Asanee and Wasan appearing on stage with the same musicians and chorus singers as featured on their recent world tour. The brothers launched in a tight set that featured the songs from their 1986 debut to their fifth album, 1990's "Sapparod" ("Pineapple"), with the crowd happily singing along. It ended with Wasan's signature love song "Nueng Mitr Chid Klai", which segued into the three sing-along ballads, "Huajai Sa-On", "Yak Hai Yoo Duay Mai" and "Sithi Khong Ther".

They were backed by an orchestra on three songs from "Bar Hop Fang" and on "Kalatesa" and "Dueanpen" and "Roong Kin Nam" from 1993's "Roong Kin Nam".

Then it was time for the acoustic set that saw Asanee and Wasan telling the stories of their songs before performing "Cheewit Kap Khwamlang" from the 1975 Folk Song of Thailand Competition and the cheerful "Cheer Khad Jai" updated to link with the London Olympics. They also played "Nam Aoey Namjai" and covered Simon and Garfunkel's "The Boxer".

Asanee handed the stage over to Wasan who performed two songs from his second solo album, 1992's "Khuen Toh".

Amazingly the audience was able to sing along, quite a feat as neither number has had much radio play in more than 15 years.

The brothers joined up again for "Yin Yom" that had the audience up and dancing and then segued in a medley of danceable songs. Screams were loud as they switched from dance to chill with "Rak Ther Samer", "Yak Dai Yin Wa Rak Kan" and "Khon Sudthai".

As in his wont, Asanee threw his guitar picks to the crowd just as a net was released from the ceiling showering the audience in thousands of picks.

The concert came to an end with two sing-along hits "Dai Yang Sia Yang" and "Kor Khoei Sanya" and the audience went out into the still wet night with big smiles on their faces.


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