Ok, before you read this review about Jamiroquai's concert last night, I want to tell you that I'm not their big fan. I adore few of their songs, but lately I didn't catch up. Moreover, I got the last-minute free ticket so I was kinda lack of preparation (reciting Jamiroquai's songs a week before called preparation for me, hehe).
The concert started at 8.30 pm (late half an hour from the schedule), with opening act by Dimi. I recognized her as an ex member of Maliq n D'essentials. She performed very well and smooth, despite that her baby bump whose the occupant looked like to see the world soon :D. After one hour performing, the crowd seemed like to be jittery since it's already 09.45 pm. And then the MC showed up, bringing Judika to the stage and asked the crowd to sing our nationality song, Indonesia Raya. I was really disappointed with these people, because they seem so ashamed to sing THEIR OWN nationality song. Unenthusiastic. After the show, I found out that "Seven Days in Sunny June" echoed louder than Indonesia Raya. *sigh*
And finally, at the 09.52 pm, Jay Kay and friends showed up and the crowd started to shout. Besides Jay Kay, the personnels on stage were: Derrick McKenzie (drums), Matthew Richard Johnson (keyboard), Paul Stephen Turner (bass), Robert Kenneth Harris (guitar), William Kenneth Fry (percussion), with two back vocalists, Valerie Etienne and Hazel Fernandes. Jay Kay wore a checkered hat, blue jacket, and white slack. Sexy!
Without waiting very long, Jay Kay opened the show with "The Kids". Ehem. I don't know this song. And they continued with "High Times". Once again, all I can do is shaking my head without ever humming with the crowd. Hehehe, sorry! After that, I expect that Jay Kay will scream a loud greeting to Jakarta like Jason Mraz did on Java Jazz Festival 2009. But no. He just smiled, and said, "the next song is...."
Back to the show, they then brought "Seven Days in Sunny June". Aww, my favorite song! But unfortunately, they kinda cut the song and continued it with "Alright". But nevermind, because Jay Kay was very energetic! He continuously jumped from one side stage to the other. I also love the way he danced. "Little L" added much my to my boogie, but the next three songs just made me sit in the chair because my lack of lyric-knowledge. Hehehe! They are "Black Capricorn Day", "Use The Force", and "Traveling Without Moving". After those 3 songs, they erased my boredom by singing 4 songs I know: “Cosmic Girl“, “Space Cowboy“, “Canned Heat” and “Love Foolosophy“. Yeah, finally I can sing, hahaha...
After "Love Foolosophy", the band put the music to the end and went to backstage. Haha! Classic encore. The crowd started to shout "we want more" chant. I bet they are coming again with"Virtual Insanity" or "Deeper Underground". Yes! They showed up again, and they chose "Deeper Underground" for Jakarta. And the show ended, for real.
In conclusion, I once again would say: Jay Kay is a shy person. Because he didn't say much to his adorers. I can give you guidelines to what he said yesterday:
"I heard you guys are going to vote tomorrow."
"The next song is called.."
Hello Jay Kay! How come you didn't say hello for your starter? For the transition one song to another, he mostly spent it busy talking to the band. I'm a beginner at concerts, so I assumed that EVERY musician is a festive person. But then I realized, every musician has their own character. I thought that every musician could put some more energy to the crowd, but afterall musician is only human, so it's not their fault if they are shy, right?
Three famous songs missing though, "Virtual Insanity", "Corner of The Earth", and "Emergency on Planet Earth". And "Falling", my favorite one. But it was OK. Not dissapointing, yet not very satisfying.
Oh and did I hear Jay Kay say, "see you next year"? Will they perform on Java Jazz 2010? Let's see!
photo by: Jazzuality