I hate talking too much so let’s just get to the point – & yes I’m mad because I wrote this blog before, but it didn’t save so now I’m writing it all over. I love rock music – like really love rock music! Four words summarize it: My Passion In Life – especially the alternative genre, which includes my favorite type of indie rock.
As I grew up in age, my first band crush was for Coldplay, and then I get to know others like Snow Patrol, Muse, Nickleback, linkin Park, Keane, OneRepublic, and so forth. So it was always a dream of mine for one of these bands to come over Lebanon and perform live in front of me, but it was far from reach until July 17th, 2012 when Snow Patrol Came to Lebanon & rocked my entire summer.
But today I’m not going to talk about that, because their concert wasn’t my first. Instead, in December 19th, 2011 MEEN, a Lebanese rock band, were the first to sweep me off my feet in their concert for charity at AUB (Church Hall). The concert proceeds went to the HIV/AIDS Fund at Hotel Dieu de France and AUB-MC. The whole idea of a Lebanese rock band was new to the mind, yet exciting.
I didn’t know much songs for MEEN back then, and my elder sister haven’t heard a song for them before, however; we bought tickets expecting to spend a good time. I was excited for the idea of attending a rock concert, but what encouraged me the most was the fact that my first rock concert is going to be 100% Lebanese! How patriotic am I!
“W bala toul sire”, we went there, we were surprised by the energy that they had, the funky songs that they sang, and most of all with their fantastic sense of humor! For those who haven’t heard of MEEN, let me break it down to you. The band is composed of six members who are as follows: Ralf Choueiri (drums), Makram Aboul Husn (bass), Bernard Najm (keyboard piano), Joe Hammam (electric guitar), Toni Yammine (acoustic guitar), Fouad Yammine (lead singer). And here’s a You Tube video uploaded by Toni Yammine, which includes a report done by Mazaj show on Future TV explaining a bit more what MEEN is about:
Their songs were simple, hilarious, cool, and catchy. They were easy for us to sing along with the band, which made us feel involved in the concert. Other than this, the band’s attitude toward the crowd was amazing. They were throwing light jokes, asking them to sing along louder, and they actually listened to what the crowd wants and sang “Bouza”, although it wasn’t on their playlist. The whole night was unforgettable, where at the end of the concert the band told us about a stand waiting for us outside that holds the band’s CD albums. So we went there my sister & I to buy their new album called “3arouset Bkesin”, and from that moment on we were hooked. We loved it so much and started sharing it with our friends.
So thank you MEEN for that incredible concert, that night my 1st rock night, and I’m proud to say that it was & I quote Toni :” Akhou Man!” \m/