Living in Malaysia and always being up to date on the latest music on the radio, it’s often difficult to get away from certain artists and their songs. But because these artists are played so repeatedly at an escalating rate everywhere you go, they tend to grow on you until you like their music. For me personally, one of those artists is David Guetta.
I was never really down with the electronic dance scene until fate had me on the dance floor one time at Changkat while ‘One Love’ was playing, serenading as the anthem of the night, for every night my friends and I were there throughout all of last year. Needless to say, when I heard of David Guetta coming to Malaysia for a concert, I was ecstatic to say the least.
After counting down the days and learning every Guetta song out there, October 12th has finally arrived. My close friends and I made our way to Sepang International Circuit, which previously held such events as the Malaysian Grand Prix and the Heineken Thirst 2011 Music Festival, which featured an amazing 3-hour set by DJ Tiësto. The atmosphere was one to applaud! Everyone, from the people selling merchandise and cheap drinks outside the arena, to the attendees getting pumped up and ready to dance the night away, we made our way through the gates smoothly and in good spirits. We caught the last few minutes of the opening set by Swedish DJ, Alesso. At this point, we became distracted by the unexpectedly huge and growing crowd around us. WE HAD HIT THE RAVE ZONE! And just as we were about to declare the night as a failure due to the alarming amount of sweaty people pushing us around, Mr. Guetta came out in all of his glory to begin his set! He began with a breathtaking rendition of ‘Titanium’. It was bliss!
However, I am extremely saddened to say that after that point on, it all went downhill. Guetta continued raise the beat dramatically every now and then, only to drop it in the most anti-climactic ways you could imagine. It would have helped if he had played at least one song besides ‘Titanium’ which we here in Malaysia listen to all the time on the radio and in the clubs. But alas! All we were left with was a bit of R.E.M., Coldplay, and a less than enthusiastic execution of ‘One Love’. 90 minutes later, Guetta bids Malaysia farewell. But as people wouldn’t let him go without an encore, I hoped and prayed that he would save the night with one last, good performance. But dear old Mr. Guetta said his goodbyes to Malaysia with the Black Eyed Peas hit ‘I Got A Feeling’, which he produced. It was a damn shame.
As Guetta made his exit and was followed by the local closing act, Goldfish and Blink, I had tried to bring myself to think positively of what I had just experienced. But I just couldn’t do it. And finding out afterwards that I am not the only one with this opinion, I think it’s safe to say that David Guetta’s concert in Malaysia on the 12th of October, 2012, was a big, fat disappointment. Guetta has a huge following here in Malaysia and it is a shame that his fans didn’t get what they wanted (namely, actually getting to hear more than just 2 of his hit songs). And the overcrowding wasn’t really helping either. Nonetheless, you live and you learn. Next up; Heineken Thirst 2012, featuring Above & Beyond and Tim Bergling a.k.a. Avicii. Let’s hope it’s not David Guetta all over again.