On Wednesday I went to the Lana Del Rey concert which I thought was pretty boring but last night I went to the Pet Shop Boys one and it was just incredible. First of all just a little backstory, my first cassette tape I ever purchased was for Pet Shop Boys back in the 80s. They’ve always been one of my favorite bands ever even though I really haven’t kept up to date with their recent work.
So anyway last night I got to the concert an hour early since I was hoping I’d be lucky enough to find a spot right in the front (I had the Golden ticket) and to my surprise the place was empty when I got there. I quickly grabbed a spot right in front of where the mic was placed and waited. There wasn’t an opening act for the concert but they were playing some pretty good music to get us moving. Then, the second Pet Shop Boys walked on stage the energy of the place completely changed. Even though the event wasn’t as packed as Lana Del Rey the people who did show up were true fans at least the ones who were standing around me in the golden ticket section. I was standing so close to the stage it was just unreal seeing them perform live and so up close. Neil Tennant was standing right in front of me and I was jumping up and down screaming wanting him to notice me.
They played a mixture of new songs and classic 80s and 90s songs that were remastered so they wouldn’t sound out of date. The changes were very subtle and I actually want to try and find those remixes online. Whenever a classic song came out the crowd just went wild as you can see in the videos I’ve put up here. Sadly the sound in the videos isn’t that great since I was standing right in front of the speakers which overwhelmed the tiny iPhone mic. Also at one point I rant out of battery and space on my phone hence why the West End Girls video ends abruptly.
Pet Shop Boys kicked ass last night and I can’t believe how old they are. I love them, 30 years later and they can still bring so much energy to the stage with their music and their never ending costumes. No exaggeration every two songs they were going backstage and changing into different outfits each one looking wilder than the other. Their two supporting dancers also did a phenomenal job as well. I’m so glad I went to the concert, it completely blew me away. For those of you who missed it you really missed out on a extremely entertaining and visually rich show. Hopefully they’ll come back again one day.
After a shocking defeat in their opening game against Taiwan B at the William Jones Cup, the Lebanese Basketball Team defeated Japan and Taiwan A to clinch the second spot. Their next game will be the toughest one against the South Korean team. There are a lot of talented players in the team, so let’s hope they do well and get ready for the upcoming FIBA Asian Championship in August.
Here’s the full list of players in the National Team [Source]:
4 Jean Abdel Nour 198-G/F-83 Al Riyadi
5 Mohammed Ibrahim 196-G-83 Sagesse
6 Ali Mahmoud 184-G-83 Al Riyadi
7 Cheikh Hussein El Khatib 186-PG-86 Champville
8 Bachir Ammouri 201-F/C-83 Moutahed
9 Elie Estephane 193-G-86 Sagesse
10 Ali Haidar 201-F-90 Al Riyadi
11 Rodrigue Akl 187-PG-88 Sagesse
12 Ali Kanaan 207-C/F-85 Champville
13 Amir Saoud 187-G-91 Al Riyadi
14 Loren Woods 218-C-78 Al Riyadi
15 Fadi Khatib 199-F-79 Champville
As you can see from the list and picture above, American Player Loren Woods was given the Lebanese Nationality. As for Lebanese-Australian Basketball player Julian Khazzouh, he has not agreed to join the team and the Lebanese Federation is still considering banning him for 3 years, which I still think is a wrong decision.
On a last note, I still have idea what happened to the warning that Lebanon received from the FIBA and whether we decided to continue the league or not yet for this year.
Jad Himo and Bassam Zahalan will be representing Lebanon at the Red Bull Car Park Drift Regional Finals in Dubai. The event was really fun but lacked any cool cars as there were only 2 Nissan 350Z, 1 Mitsubishi and the rest were 20-30 years old BMWs.
The Red Bull Car Park Drift qualifier was pretty cool today and I finally got the chance to drift with Abdo Feghali. I don’t know why people get scared or start yelling during a drift. It was smooth and fun and I wish it took longer.
Tomorrow’s the big final and I am definitely not missing it! Until then, here are few pictures I took today:
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For the first time in festival history, concerts will be staged in Jdeideh al-Metn, in the magnanery (silkworm nursery) of the village’s 19th-century silk factory.
“We chose this place because it is still unknown to the public,” the news release said. “It is located on the outskirts of the capital and it is available in all regions.”
The venue may have changed, but performance dates remain fixed. Marianne Faithfull will perform Saturday Aug. 17; vocalist and jazz pianist Eliane Elias will take the stage Friday Aug. 23; Marcel Khalife will perform with his oud Saturday Aug. 24; Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s dance piece PUZ/ZLE, with the participation of vocalist El Hage, will be held Friday Aug. 30. [DailyStar]
Fuck it. Let’s go Dancing – Artwork by Corinne Martin
Vick Vanlian were celebrating the Beirut Design Week by displaying the artworks of two talented Lebanese artists, Corinne Martin and Hady Beydoun, in addition to their new limited edition items. I wasn’t familiar with Hady’s work to be honest but he’s apparently very well known and there’s a lot of cool stuff on his [website]. As for Corinne, I’ve been following her for a while now on Instagram and Facebook and checking her blog and I am glad I finally got the chance to meet her and have a small chat.
All the coastal roads in Jounieh were closed on Sunday for the Jounieh on bike “Green Day”. It’s good to see that the event attracted a lot of people and I hope it will become a monthly event not just take place during the festivals. The same goes to the car-free days being organized in Achrafieh.
The festival’s headline act, American soprano Renee Fleming, is no longer coming to Baalbeck as well. The organizers are not yet decided which venue to choose to replace Baalbeck. Unfortunately, the problem is not just the setting itself but eventually getting there after the latest problems in Arssal and Laboué.
Assi el Hellani, who was apparently denied visa to the US in the past few weeks, will be performing at Baalbeck along with Marcel Khalife and others. You can check out the full program [Here].
It would be interesting to know what was the reason for the visa refusal.
Lebanon’s renowned Baalbek International Festival, normally held in the town’s spectacular Roman ruins, is to move to an alternative venue in the face of a spillover of violence from neighbouring Syria, organisers said on Friday. “As as result of the security situation, we cannot organise the festival in the temple this year,” the festival’s press office said. “We are holding meetings with authorities to find another location, aware that it is very difficult to find a similarly wonderful setting.” [Link]