KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 3 — It was a night filled with symphonies at Axiata Arena, Bukit Jalil as Indonesian rock band Dewa 19 treated concertgoers to an elegant evening of musical entertainment.
Titled Dewa 19 Night At The Orchestra Chapter 5 Live in Malaysia, the concert saw 7,000 concertgoers dressed in their best, from suits and long dresses to traditional Malaysian attire.
Dewa 19’s three-hour-long performance was accompanied by the strings and melodies of the 54-piece Ahmad Dhani Malaysia Orchestra team. In total, they performed 30 songs led by conductor Guntur Nur Puspito from Indonesia.
Dewa 19’s frontman Ahmad Dhani was seen picking up the microphone to perform a few songs during the concert. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon
Dewa 19 brought forth three of their vocalists including Ello, Virzha and Ari Lasso, along with band’s frontman Ahmad Dhani picking up the microphone for a few songs himself.
The band performed a slew of their hits such as Arjuna, Satu, Pupus, Roman Picisan and fan favourite Separuh Nafas with some new arrangements made to suit the accompanying orchestral sounds.
The concert began at 8.50pm with a couple of instrumental cover songs including Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody and their rendition of Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Vocalize with Ahmad Dhani taking the role of conductor.
The crowd's roar filled the arena as the rest of the band members took to stage with Ello and Virzha kick-starting the first half of the performance followed by Ahmad Dhani.
Ari Lasso finally came on stage during the third act, who was welcomed by fans with their mobile phone flashlights as he performed Hadapi Dengan Senyuman.
The whole arena was once again lit up by phone flashlights during their performance of Kangen.
The whole Axiata Arena lit up as the band performed their hit song ‘Kangen’. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon
The concert also featured guest appearances from local singers Jaclyn Victor, Shila Amzah and Amir Masdi who showcased their powerful vocals alongside the band during the second act.
The band also made a few tributes at the concert including Madu Tiga by the late Malaysian entertainer Tan Sri P. Ramlee.
Audience members were entertained by the playful banter between Ari and Dhani in between songs. Meanwhile, the band’s 53-year-old drummer Tyo or his real name Satyo Nugroho left an impression with the ladies with his youthful looks.
Enthusiastic fans could be heard screaming every time Tyo was featured on the giant screen inside the arena.
Dewa 19 last performed at Axiata Arena in September last year during their 30th anniversary concert.