Friday, May 04, 2018

Silver Strings Reunion Sunday 6 May 2018

The Silver Strings 6 May 2018 Ceylon Sports Club Singapore

The biggest gig happened this May 2018. It was a full house, hot, hot, hot, including the venue itself. Sweltering like a steam bath, Ceylon Sports Club with its quaint and colourful facade and age-old decor, was the ultimate venue for the Silver Strings Reunion gig.  

This club was set amidst buildings like the Khalsa House, the Civil Service Club and a huge football field along Balestier Road, with old pre-war houses scattered around the vicinity. 

On Sunday 6 May, time stood still when Rickie Chng's Fender Strat screamed, Savage, The Silver Strings opening number.

It was like going back through the ages and into the 50's. With songs like Babyface, Pretty Blue Eyes, Hippy Hippy Shake, The Young Ones and Kiss Me Quick, the evening was transformed into mid-20th Century intoxication. 
Recycled teenagers shouted and clapped in unison, as the human jukebox serenade provided by Michael Bangar, John Cher, Nick Stravens and Audie Ng burnt more music fuel into the already hot house Hall above the Club's retro-bar.

No silver steel strings from the Fenders were spared that evening as the five boys strummed and drummed their music playing 50's, 60's and 70's music.
Andy Young and Veronica Young with Jerry Fernandez and his Neu Faces were around to lend their voices to the already frantic crowd.

No more words. Here are lots of pictures to prove it. And yes, plenty of comments too. 

All images were stolen from the FB Posts of John Cher, Richard Toh, 
Stephen Han and Angela Leow. Thank you.
                                             With Angela Leow (left) who supplied 
some pictures on this page.


With Richard Toh who supplied 
the photographs on this page.



With Stephen Han whom I met 
and who supplied photographs on this page.


Birthday Boy Nicholas Stravens and Veronica Young 
celebrate their birthdays.
Silver Strings with the Neu Faces

Comments from Facebook. Please check their original postings for the full story:

Michael Lee:
Hi, Andy good show. I returned from Singapore to Sydney on 6 May. I have told Rickie (lead guitarist), "That is a very good Fender Stratocaster you are having." This is my humble advice. Hang on to it all you can. Money doesn't always buy you a good guitar of any kind. Cheerio to one and all. Keep on rocking and rolling. Cheerio from Sydney.

Stephen Han:
Getting up close with some memorable photos of Veronica Young, the Millie Small Of Singapore, Andy Young, the Paul Anka of Singapore and Audie Ng the leader of Silver Strings. 

The Reunion started with “Savage” a Shadow’s song by The Silver Strings. Michael did an R N R number entitled “Kiss Me Quick”, while his friend, Dick sang “Runaway”. Then came Andy with his wonderful story of Paul Anka and his rocking rendition of “Mean Woman Blues.”

Fabian Foo:
Rarely hear John singing but when he does, it must be good. Cheers to you and more to come next.

Mr Hong:
Really admire the energy and talent of all of you including Veronica and Andy (who btw sounded really good last evening.)

Angela Leow:
Fantastic concert tonight featuring Veronica Young and the Silver Strings. Non- stop retro hits.2 hours ain't enough. I want more!!!!!!

For more comments please click end of this posting. Thanks.

Check this one below:

https://singapore60smusic.blogspot.sg/2018/05/silver-strings-dozen-plus-concerts-thru.html

OR

Read the older posting before the 6 May 2018 show:


                           AUDIE NG and RICKIE CHNG


4 May 2018

Yes, we're meeting again for another reunion this Sunday. Veronica Young will be singing too. So check out this blog for pictures and a few videos after Sunday 6 May 2018.

So it's a full house. To all fans, see you on Sunday evening. The next show is in September if all goes well. Cheers.


MICHAEL BANGAR 

NICK STRAVENS

JOHN CHER

ANDY YOUNG

VERONICA YOUNG
JERRY FERNANDEZ

Rickie, Audie, Andy, John, Nick, Mike 
with Veronica 

Images: A Personal Collection

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Andy,

It was a good size crowd and an interesting looking club. I am glad it went well and good luck for future shows.

Regards

Steve

AUDIE NG (SILVER STRINGS, LEADER, BASSIST) said...

"Thanks to Hock Seng n team for the effort for Sunday night's reunion concert. In particular my appreciation to Hock Seng, Jega, Roy, Shubashini, Sydney and Loga.

Of course kudos to Audie and his entire team. I cannot describe their performance any better than SUPERB. Thanks all. If I missed out anyone inadvertently I apologise."

From the President of Ceylon Sports Club
Mr Lukshumayeh.

Thanks, guys for helping Silver Strings put up such an awesome show. Appreciate.
Cheers.

Mr HONG (SILVER STRINGS FAN) said...

Really admire the energy and talent of all of you including Veronica and Andy (who btw sounded really good last evening too.)

ERICA (from INDONESIA) said...

Well done, everyone was very happy last night, Sir! Keep it up.

ANONYMOUS said...

Great show Audie and Jerry. Veronica was marvellous to belt out songs with such gusto at 70.
Fantastic evening. Pity the venue was so warm.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Thanks to all who attended the show and wrote in. Also those who wrote on FACEBOOK. Thank you.

Honestly? Audie's band was very good too. We must all watch them one night.

FAN (GUITARIST) said...

Feels like the gold old days, no air-con malls. Now we are all spoilt to the bones... anyway your show was really, really good.

EDDIE said...

Well done, the show was really good.

A DEDICATED AND FAITHFUL FAN said...

Wow! Like enjoying good food in an overcrowded hawkers' centre.

The bass was like butter to a cake. It gave a rich, textured and distinct flavour. It was so fluid that at times it sounded like it's coming from an acoustic double bass drawn with a bow. A solid Fender in the hand of a seasoned player who can do magic to the bottom line.

Unlike the Hofner you played the last time (at Kallang Theatre), the notes from the first fret sounded crystal clear. The last note on every piece always ended in perfect harmony.

ANGELA LEOW said...

What a night!!! It was more than amazing. My friends were thanking me profusely for recommending me this concert to them. I tell you, we were entertained from the word go.

Some of us were dancing at the side towards the end of the concert.

Thank you so much for such an entertaining night. I know you are all worked really really hard to bring us such a fab show. Kamsiah.

JEGA THEESAN (ELVIS TRIBUTE ARTISTE) said...

You guys gave a superb performance.

EILEEN LIM said...

Wonderful and fantastic performance. Enjoyed the evening.

fan said...

Thanks for videos on YouTube, one of the most enjoyable concerts I attended in a long time... well done! The heat and 'nostalgic setting' helped to transport us back to the good old days, like an old school hall. LOL.

RICHARD RAJOO said...

Simply wonderful.

Andy! Keep on ROCKIN'.

Saw all the videos on the Tube. You guys still got it. Keep on making our kind of music, guys.

LIM KUAN MIN said...

Ya, you do have some attractive fans, pal.
Silver Strings still rule the local oldies groups.

DAVYCHANDAVY CHAN (HONGKONG) said...

Me not there? But Happy seeing you Guys There. Cheers

KOH SUI PANG FB said...

So many shout BRAVO BRAVO ..Silver Strings ๐Ÿ‘จ‍๐ŸŽค๐Ÿ‘จ‍๐ŸŽค๐Ÿ‘จ‍๐ŸŽค๐Ÿ‘จ‍๐ŸŽค๐Ÿ‘จ‍๐ŸŽค๐Ÿ‘ฉ‍๐ŸŽค๐Ÿ‘ฉ‍๐ŸŽค๐Ÿ‘ฉ‍๐ŸŽค๐Ÿ‘ฉ‍๐ŸŽค๐Ÿ‘ฉ‍๐ŸŽค๐Ÿ‘ฉ‍๐ŸŽค๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜š

ZAINAL ABIDIN (BASSIST THE DUKES) said...

Wonderful.

STEPHEN HAN FB said...

The reunion concert with the Silver Strings and their resident singers,Andy and Veronica was a night to remember.I was transformed back to the 50s and 60s listening to the lovely voices singing good oldies and wonderful music by the band.

HIROSHI DEGUCHI (JAPAN) said...

I am excited at just reading what you said, Savage! What's coming on?

EDWARD TAN (THE JETS LEAD GUITARIST) said...

Hi. Andy.
It's great to hear thing went on great. Sorry I couldn't make. Some other time when I'm in Spore. Still in Cambodia. Cheer up, guys. My best wishes to all Silver String boys. Keep up the good work.

JIMMY APPUDURIA-CHUA said...

Yes me too would love to hear Savage by you guys....jimmy

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ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Jimmy and Edward. Thanks for comments. A little late in answering. Was also hopping around checking for videos of the show. Edward, missing you since what, 5 years ago? When you were here?

Indeed many thanks again to all who commented on this post and those who attended the show.

ERICBRONSON WONG (HONGKONG) said...

Hola John,, did U say SAVAGE of the sixties by The Shadows n d flip side was Peace Pipe,,when l was a kid this instrumental number was one of my most haunting piece,,the title itself was wild n restless n socks me in,,not to mention d Apache war path beating on the drums also the Fierce Eagle's Shrieking of the Electric Twanging Guitars,it does send out a Screeching Message to wake Up ,,A real Blast from the Past, imagine that as the Opening act,phew Holy BabiUU l would if l could if there is a recording l'll buy it straight away without delay,,!!??๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘✌๐ŸŽธ๐ŸŽธ๐ŸŽธ๐ŸŽท๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿท๐Ÿท๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

JOHN CHER FACEBOOK (DRUMMER SILVER STRINGS, FACEBOOK, WRITER said...

Hi Eric. Thank you as always for your imaginative response. You are indeed right. Peace Pipe on the other side of the EMI single. So it was two for the price of one. Similarly Quartermasters Store on the flip side of Apache. Thank you for sharing. Cheers from SG.

FACEBOOK andy said...

Thanks to STEPHEN HAN, RICHARD TOH, ANGELA LEOW and JOHN CHER (every reader knows him, so no photo) for the photographs on my blog. I have acknowledged you all with your photographs on the page.

MICHAEL FONSECA said...

Lolxxx I’m in some pix in this blog.
Thanks for a wonderful evening. ����

RICHARD TOH said...

Michael, I sent some pics to Andy... he may have included them. So now you are featured !!! Lol ๐Ÿ˜‚

KOH SUI PANG FB said...

!!Love to look at this reunion picture ..name them ...ha ha ha

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

MIKE, RICKIE, AUDIE, JOHN, VERONICA, ANDY, NICK. Thanks for the interest Sui Pang. Next time in September, come down to visit us.:-)

tan510jomast said...

Good to hear you and your band mates still playing, andy!

I am amused by eric bronsonwong hong kong comment..( peace pipe/savage/apache.. Screeching Message to Wake Up ). i suppose it must have been something else (no pun intended quoting eddy cochran) in those days. then Jimi Hendrix came along with his wild man from Borneo guitar and hair on fire and watching youtube of that show of "wild thing" the look on the faces of the audience was like "what is this fella doing ? good golly holy molly batman?"

LOL i was still still doing cliff richard please don't tease for larry lai's talentime rediffusion with my brother's classmate raymond anthony 's band . i asked him right after his band played to back me up as i was next so i did not have to do it acapella.

unknowst that years later, ray and i were to meet again to form , oh well, you know that power trio with that ayer batu goreng funny monicker .. which during practise of our first song i'm so glad (cream) i am sure some of our neighbour at ray's dad house must have asked, "who's strangling the cat?" LOL.

and now, some 200 years later, and 2 millions miles away, i am once again making Screeching Message to wake Up ..with my guitar. andy, you said my music was total disarray in april 2017. well, that was kind of tame compared to this latest song (my first metal composition). aptly entitled Tan Man Gone Berserk... the complete version uploaded this morning..

Tan Man Total Metal Berserk II https://youtu.be/-vZnXbQSqfc tan510jomast
WARNING could be hazard to slow moving creatures but perfect for those fast moving flying foxes who like to get something better than caffeine to blow their weekend away

LOL PEACE AND HAPPY MOTHERS DAY TO EVERYONE!

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Thanks Matt. Always interesting to hear from you. To make your message more readable I've paragraphed them.

Take care, good Sir.