Blasts from the past

music May 25, 2013 00:00

By Kittipong Thavevong
The Natio

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RS matches Grammy's nostalgia with a fun show featuring 14 of its former artists


Just two weeks after Grammy’s “6.2.13” reunion show that brought together the same artists who performed in the label’s hit concert 17 years ago, rival music giant RS nurtured nostalgia for the past with its “RS Meeting Concert Return 2013”.
Taking part in this sequel to the “Meeting” concert organised 10 years ago were former RS stars Ruangsak “James” Loychusak, Somchai “Tao” Khemklad, Anan Anwar, Touch Na Takua Thung, duos Raptor and Lift & Oil plus trios Bazoo and Boy Scouts. In a repeat of the previous night’s show, they packed out the 11,000-seat Impact Arena on Sunday night.
The show, themed “Many, Memory and Maximum: kicked off with an appearance by all 14 singers. They greeted fans enthusiastically before handing over the stage to Bazoo, who performed a selection of fast tempo hits including “Cheer” and “Tho Oey” (“Oh Dear”).
Anan was next up, starting his show with a free-running stunt before breaking into “Talueng” (“Stunned”) and “Kickapoo”.
Fans greeted the three Boy Scouts with loud cheers, and the trio responded with two long medleys of their hit numbers from the 1990s.
Lift & Oil excited the audience further, emerging from a fairy-tale cart and mixing with a troupe of dancers in circus costumes. They sang three songs and a medley and quickly had the audience up and dancing.
The loudest screams were for Tao, who is known for his bad boy image. He performed some of his hits, among them “Bodyguard”, “Somchai Jrod Plai Thao” (“Entirely Masculine”), and “Khon Keng” (“You Are Good”).
James and Raptor were also warmly welcomed, James performing “Khao Man Kai” (“Rice and Chicken”) and “Siren Love” while Raptor sang and danced their way through “Kreng Jai” (“Don’t Want to Bother You”), as well as “Go Go Go” and “Yes Oh Yes”.
A highlight of the concert was the appearance by curvy luk thung guest artist Baitoey R-Siam who teamed up with young singing and dancing team 3.2.1 Kamikaze for a provocative performance of  “Naen Ok” (Tight Chest). Any of the 15.9 million fans who hadn’t see their music video on YouTube quickly understand why it had gone viral.
Guest Patcharida “Maem” Wattana of the 1980s trio Sao Sao Sao, now an RS executive, brought the temperature down from fever pitch with “Mai Mi Thi Pai” (“Nowhere To Go”), which also showcased her talent at the piano. Other surprise guests were actor Sornram “Num” Theppitak and Vitamin A.
No bands appeared on stage during the four and a half hours of the concert. The organisers instead focused on the singers, their dancers, the colourful patterns on the LED screens in the background and the occasional special effects. It was a wise decision, offering a setting with all the right ingredients for a fun-filled concert.