Malaysian favourites Pop Shuvit, Korean pop sensation Beast, alternative and rock Billboard chart-toppers Neon Trees and platinum-recording artists and multiple MTV award-winning Thirty Seconds To Mars headlined MTV World Stage Live in Malaysia 2011 tonight, entertaining an audience of over 15,000 fans at i-city in Shah Alam. A two-hour version of MTV World Stage Live In Malaysia 2011, the first ever to be shot in 3D in Asia, will premiere on Monday, 8 August at midnight (Malaysia Time) exclusively on MTV SEA (Astro Channel 713) and a one-hour version of MTV World Stage Live in Malaysia 2011 will be broadcast worldwide on MTV channels to over a half-billion households in over 150 countries later in the year.
After MTV VJs Utt and Holly welcomed the thousands of live music fans, local chart toppers Pop Shuvit took the stage and officially kicked off MTV’s highly anticipated annual concert event with their hit “Ol Skool Rocka.” Flanked by five massive LED screens, Pop Shuvit showed the crowd why they are one of Malaysia most enduring hip hop/hop rock bands by sending a ‘konichwa’ to their fans here and in Japan with “Oh! Sizuka,” and then performing “Running Away,” a song from the new album Cherry Blossom Love Affair. Malaysian legend Man Bai then joined Pop Shuvit on stage for the first-ever live performance of “Seperti Syurgamu,” and to wrap up their set, artists including Daly from Singapore Malay hip hop group Ahli Fiqir, Thailand’s Daniel Tanapon Supwattana and the Philippine’s Jamir from Slapshock came on stage as the band wrapped up with lead singer Moots! stage diving into the mosh pit.
K-pop fans attended MTV World Stage Live in Malaysia in huge numbers again this year and made their presence known when Beast (Boys of East Standing Tall) took the stage. Dressed in all white, Beast opened their set with “Shock” then went straight into their hits “Fiction” and “When It Rains.” After a brief video interlude and costume change, Yoon Du Jun, Jang Hyun Seung, Yong Jun Hyung, Yang Yo Seob, Lee Gi Kwang and Son Dong Woon. returned to the stage for performances of “Special,” “Breath” and, to conclude their set, their massive hit single “Beautiful,” throwing flowers to their female fans during their performance.
American alternative rock band Neon Trees made their live stage debut in Malaysia memorable with lead singer Tyler Glenn going through the crowd of 15,000 to take the stage for their performance of “Your Surrender,” their Billboard pop, rock and alternative charting hit the album, Habits. Live performances of other songs from the album included “In The Next Room,” “1983,” “Love and Affection,” and “Sins of My Youth.” Neon Trees concluded their set with their #1 single, “Animal,” an obvious favourite amongst the Malaysian fans based upon their reaction and singing of the song’s chorus.
Thirty Seconds to Mars took the stage next, and the anticipation that had been building all night came to a climax as the massive crowd erupted in cheers. The band lead off their set with “Escape,” the lead track on This Is War, the smash-hit studio album from the multi-platinum and multiple MTV award winners. “A Beautiful Lie,” “Attack,” “Search and Destroy,” and the #1 single “This Is War” provided non-stop hits, and the crowd heaved with excitement as Jared Leto, Shannon Leto, lead guitarist Tomo Milicevic and the band performed “Vox Populi,” an acoustic version of their hit “The Kill,” “Hurricane” and “Closer to the Edge.” For their encore, the band played “Kings and Queens” and frontman Jared Leto invited dozens fans on the stage to wrap up an amazing night of live music.
“For the third year, Malaysia has been the perfect host and the fans have made our third MTV World Stage a resounding success,” said Indra Suharjono, Viacom International Media Networks executive vice-president and managing director of North and Southeast Asia. “Everyone seemed to have a fantastic time, and I’d like to express my thanks and gratitude to all of the performers, our sponsors and media partners, and especially the fans for making MTV World Stage Live in Malaysia 2011 a truly unforgettable event.” Photos shot by my buddy Kristian Dowling/Alec Wong/PictureGroup.