‘I’M STILL FRIENDS WITH EX-BANDMATES’

For­mer Wings gui­tarist to fo­cus on new band, DEN­NIS CHUA writes

New Straits Times - - Entertainment -

FOR­MER Wings gui­tarist Ab­dul Zamin Ab­dul Kadir, or Joe, has con­firmed that he is no longer in the quar­tet.

How­ever, he de­clined to re­veal whether he left Wings of his own ac­cord or if his for­mer bandmates — Datuk Ah­mad Azhar Os­man (Awie), Sam­saidi Ulong Idris (Ed­die) and Azmi Hashim (Black) — had made the de­ci­sion for him.

“I’m still good friends with Awie, Ed­die and Black. I’ll al­ways be sup­port­ive of their mu­si­cal projects. That’s why we de­cided not to re­veal the rea­sons be­hind my ‘break’ with the band.

“Let the cir­cum­stances be­hind my de­par­ture from Wings be a pri­vate mat­ter be­tween the four of us,” he told the New Straits

Times re­cently in Jalan Tun Razak

here.

Joe said he was sad to leave his band, but it had come as a bless­ing in dis­guise since it al­lowed him to fo­cus 100 per cent on the growth of Prime Do­mes­tic, a sixyear-old rock out­fit, which he co­founded with for­mer Search gui­tarist Hil­lary Ang in 2011.

“It’s too early to tell if I will re­turn to Wings some­day, as Awie did, but I’ll al­ways be their fan and I wish them suc­cess in their up­com­ing con­cert Wings And Su­per­friends at Is­tana Bu­daya, Kuala Lumpur,” he said.

The con­cert, which aims to raise funds for the med­i­cal ex­penses of artistes such as Yazit of Search, also fea­tures Datuk Siti Nurhal­iza, Datuk M. Nasir and Datuk Hat­tan.

It is or­gan­ised by Awie En­ter­tain­ment and tick­ets are priced at RM80 and RM350. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 019-293 2436/019-297 5260.

On Prime Do­mes­tic, Joe said it com­prised drum­mer Ai­noll Ramli, who was from Kristal, bassist Fauzi Zain (Search), and vo­cal­ist Aweera Norhisham, the sec­ond run­ner-up of ntv7’s One In A Mil­lion Sea­son 3 in 2009.

Late last month, Awie said Joe was “pur­su­ing his own ac­tiv­ity”, with the ap­proval of Wings mem­bers.

He said they re­spected his de­ci­sion to take a break and hoped he would be back in Wings’ lineup some­day.

Joe’s sta­tus in the band came un­der ques­tion shortly after Wings was sup­posed to hold its 30th an­niver­sary con­cert, themed “Wings 30 Years Live”, at Likas Sta­dium in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, last Dec 24, but which was post­poned to Jan­uary.

That set so­cial me­dia abuzz with talk that Joe was the cause of the post­pone­ment, and would be re­placed by guest gui­tarist Edrie Hashim.

Joe was speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence to an­nounce his band Prime Do­mes­tic’s Sun­day Night Live show­case slated for April 2 at House Restau­rant, G Tower Ho­tel in Jalan Am­pang, Kuala Lumpur.

Present were or­gan­is­ing chair­man Mike Cu­bi­nar, spon­sor Laiyon’s chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Jem­izan Bakar, and its pa­tron, Datuk Ed Sul­laiman Ah­mad.

The two-hour show­case, or­gan­ised by Ang­gerik Event and House, will see the launch of Prime Do­mes­tic’s sin­gles Sedin­gin Pluto and Satukan Impian.

Tick­ets are priced at RM50. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 0133212131 / 019-3681917 / 0126502352.

PIC BY KHAIRUL AZHAR AH­MAD

For­mer Wings gui­tarist Ab­dul Zamin Ab­dul Kadir, or Joe (cen­tre), with mem­bers of his news band, Prime Do­mes­tic — (from left) drum­mer Ai­noll Ramli, vo­cal­ist Aweera Norhisham, gui­tarist Hil­lary Ang and bassist Fauzi Zain, in Kuala Lumpur re­cently.

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