Growing up in the 80’s was quite interesting. It was the era before the widespread use of computers in Malaysia and we grew up actually socializing with other kids around the neighbourhood and playing actual games and sports instead of hiding behind a PC screen like the millennials. We also learned to be adaptable with the introduction of computers in the late 80’s and early 90’s and with it the internet which brought along a whole world of multimedia.
But before the PC era (and iPods and MP3 players, all we had to listen to music was the radio, CDs and cassette tapes which we played through our Walkmans and stereos. One of the iconic artistes of the era was Richard Marx – who had all the girls swooning over him and his love songs, and the guys picking up guitar in an attempt to serenade and impress the girls by singing his songs. I for one don’t know how to play the guitar but I did know how to play the piano (although I haven’t really played my piano for like 20 years now) which was great for ” Right Here Waiting for You”.
So I’m actually quite excited to go watch the upcoming Richard Marx ” The Solo Tour” Live in Kuala Lumpur which will be held on 9 March 2016 at 8.30pm and will be held at the Plenary Hall in Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. Those of you who have gone karaoke with me would know that I do like to sing his greatest hits “Right Here Waiting for You” and “Now and Forever”.
Tickets for this show are selling at Diamond (Limited), Platinum at RM428, Gold at RM328, Silver at RM228 and Bronze at RM128. The full event details are at www.facebook.com/FatBoysMY or purchase your tickets at www.ticketpro.com.my
As a performer, songwriter and producer, Richard Marx’s nearly three-decade-long career has had innumerable of highlights. The Chicago native has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, starting with his self-titled debut which went to #8 and spawned four Top 5 singles, including the chart-topping “Hold on to the Nights,” with “Don’t Mean Nothing” earning him a Grammy nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. The follow-up, 1989’s Repeat Offender, was even more successful, hitting #1 and going quadruple-platinum with two #1 singles in “Satisfied” and “Right Here Waiting.” When both Rush Street (with two #1 AC hits in “Keep Coming Back” and “Hazard”) and Paid Vacation (with its #1 AC hit, “Now and Forever”) went platinum, Marx achieved a seven-year string of triumphs that rivaled any in pop-rock music history. To this day, he is the only male artist in history to have his first seven singles reach the Top 5 on the Billboard charts.
On July 8, 2014, he released his eighth album, Beautiful Goodbye, featuring all new material such as its first single and video, “Whatever We Started.” Fans may find Marx’s eighth studio album, a bit of a departure from his previous albums. According to the Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, he set out to make a deliberately sexy album. “The songs on this record were influenced greatly by everyone from Sade to Bebel Gilberto to various EDM artists to even Chopin. I’m known for romantic music in the past, but this music I wrote is all more sensual and ethereal, and the lyrics are more adventurous than I’ve been willing to go in the past.”
All the tracks on Beautiful Goodbye are written and produced by Marx except “Getaway,” co-written and produced with Walter Afanasieff; “Forgot To Remember” co-written with Vertical Horizon frontman and frequent Marx collaborator, Matt Scannell; “Turn Off The Night” co-written with multi-hit songwriter David Hodges, and the title track, co-written with Daisy Fuentes. A special edition of Beautiful Goodbye will also be available exclusively at Target and features two additional songs: “Moscow Calling,” a collaboration between Marx and well known EDM artist and DJ Morgan Page, and “Just Go.”
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Tasty Signature Tapas At The Lobby Lounge, Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel
Guests at the Lobby Lounge can now enjoy a selection of seven (7) Spanish-Guatemalan inspired signature Tapas created by Sous Chef Pablo Crespo. The tapas is priced from RM18.00 nett and is available from 12.00noon to 10.00pm daily.
Chef Pablo’s imaginative use of fresh ingredients and recipes that are easy has led to the creation of enticing cold tapas such as Smoked salmon carpaccio with avocado cubes which is drizzled with lemon-cilantro vinaigrette for some nice piquant flavours. The pine nuts give the carpaccio its crunchy bite while the avocado cubes add a delicious creaminess to the tapas.
The other cold tapas on the menu is Cod tartar with avocado and chili oil which is inspired by his observation that Malaysians really enjoy cod and spicy food. By using the age-old Peruvian technique of curing fish meat with citrus, Chef Pablo retains the freshness of the cod, and adds to it chili oil which is the excess oil from the spicy Malaysian sambal.
The hot tapas choices are Roasted bell peppers with capers and anchovies, Chicken tacos with chili chipotle sauce, Smoked chicken wrap with cheese, jalapeno and avocado, Corn fritters with tomato-chili sauce and Beef croquettes with dijon mustard sauce. Best enjoyed over a nice glass of wine.
The Lobby Lounge is located at:
Ground Floor, West Wing,
Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel,
Corner of Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Ampang,
50450 Kuala Lumpur,
The hotel also had a visit from two lions for a lion dance during the Chinese New Year season. The dance started at the main lobby of the East Wing, the lions frolicked their way to the Dynasty Chinese Restaurant where they blessed the restaurant and kitchen. They then roared off to TEMPTationS Restaurant and the Executive Offices as well as the main lobby of West Wing.
The hotel’s executive committee members led by General Manager Robert Frager, Director of Finance Katrina Ong, Director of Sales & Marketing Ivy Ng, Director of Beverage & Food Steven Moine, Director of Engineering John Tan and Director of Human Resources Lynne Chee were on hand to witness this auspicious occasion.