Wednesday, 30 June 2010
Brian Wilson at Kenwood in June 2008. Top pictures from Blondie concert last Saturday evening.
Last Saturday saw the first of the Kenwood House Summer Concerts. And opening up the season was Debbie Harry and Blondie, although I didn't buy any stage area seat tickets this time but chose to sit in the free picnic area, a place well away from the stage that can get just as crowded as you can see from the top photos above.
And for once the proceedings weren't rained off as they often are. Last year I wanted to go and see Ray Davies but that turned out to be a washout. But Saturday evening was one of the warmest I can remember for a while hence the huge crowds. The following day on Sunday was even warmer (see weather picture above) Kenwood of course is part of Hampstead Heath so it's not very far from me.
But looking at this Summer's line up at Kenwood doesn't look too exciting. Some of the acts appeared there last year. Next Saturday evening is a concert by Rufus Wainwright followed by Jazz singer Diana Krall the following week. There's also going to be an evening of Vivaldi, plus acts Jamie Callum, Will Young and the final night which has become a bit of a flag waving patriotic event, The Last Night Of The Kenwood Proms, Rule Britannia and all that.
But if there was one act that made me part with £60 for two stage side seats then it was of course the legendary Brian Wilson who appeared there on the opening night in Summer 2008. I was literally buzzing for a whole week after that performance. Now if only he would do a return performance.
We were treated to some of those Californian surf classics as well as tracks from 'Pet Sounds' and the experimental 'Smile' and all performed on a perfect Summer evening.
I do of course hate the idea of idolizing mere mortals, something that very young music fans seem to be afflicted by. I prefer to idolize and appreciate someone's talents and skills. Comedian Russell Brand recently said that all his hero's were dead, which makes sense to me. Perhaps Brian Wilson is one of my last few living heros.
But organizers at Kenwood cant always get it right as everything outdoors is down to the weather. And just a few years ago they put on a performance of Verdi's Otello. The evening was marred by atrocious weather with lashings of high winds and rain. And if you know your operas the whole of the first act is set by the side of a storm lashed harbour with thunder storms and rain. So the setting was perfect. But after the end of that first act the concert organizers pulled the plug and everyone packed up and went home.
But last Saturday's Blondie concert had no such problems, although I had to leave just before the end and got home just in time to catch The Pet Shop Boys brilliant set at Glastonbury on BBC 3.
Tuesday, 29 June 2010
There was a great sense of familiarity when I recently saw pictures of Thai actor 'Kao' Jirayu plastered all over Lips Magazine, a popular Thai fashion and style magazine. But I just couldn't place the face, that was until I read that he is often referred to as 'Little Tong.' Then of course it hit me.
He was of course the boy who played the role of Little Tong in the 2007 smash hit Thai movie 'Love Of Siam.' He appeared mainly in the first part of the film as the younger character of the main role played by one of Thailand's biggest box office draws Mario Maurer.
And yet Kao Jirayu looks much more mature beyond his years and still wont be 15 until late October this year, so with all the work he gets up to at such a young age he has to tie it all in with his studies.
He's appeared in several movies and tv dramas since a young age and has done numerous magazine spreads as well as walked the catwalk, not forgetting several tv commercials including one for Pepsi. And yes he's even a musician as well.
But if you saw the younger Kao in 'Love Of Siam' it was clear to see that he would one day bloom into a real beauty. He even managed to look quite amazing in his role as a Monk in a recent zombie horror movie flick (picture above).
Of course there are comparisons with Mario Maurer, but in his interviews he feels flattered to be compared to him, coming over as very modest and never having a bad word of anyone. Obviously he's got a good management team, something that Mario had many problems with last year.
Below pictures are of Mario Maurer and 'Pitch' Witwisit Hiranyawongkul in 'Love Of Siam' a movie that sits nicely in my film collection. It comes as a three disc VCD, a nice little present that someone sent to me from Chiangmai.
Ash Stymest from Sunday night's MTV Bang. Ash was telling us how he can often misbehave when attending fashion parties, sometimes even being thrown out! Ash also gave us a brief glimpse of his way of vouguing. But he did look like he was all decked out for a re-make of The Deerhunter.
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