They still got it! Jimmy Constable, Lee Brennan and Simon ‘Spike’ Dawbarn are still the same boyband that rocked our teenage years and the late 90s scene. Except, they’re more of a ‘man band’ now!
The Journey to The Reunion
911 is mostly remembered for their pop ballads such as “The Day We Find Love” and “A Little Bit More” and dance hits like “Bodyshakin'” and “Party People”. Their debut album, “The Journey”, is their best-selling album in Asia, topping 12x Platinum in Malaysia’s local charts alone in 1997.
The British pop band is back in Kuala Lumpur after a 19-year hiatus for their much-awaited comeback concert, “The Reunion” at the Quill Convention Center, Kuala Lumpur.
Their sold-out concert on 22 June 2019 will feature opening acts by upcoming British singer-songwriter Andreah and a local set by DJ Nesh.
What does it feel like to be back to Malaysia?
Lee: We have very fond memories of our tours in Malaysia, our last visit was 2000, and we are looking forward to revisiting some of the places where we met fans, plus seeing some of the local attractions. A lot must have changed in the city in the past 19 years.
911 came back into the spotlight for the documentary series “The Big Reunion”. Whose decision was it to put the band back together and was it a sound agreement to reunite as a band?
Lee: The producers of the show approached us with the idea. We both [refers to Jimmy] are down for it but Spike, he was not agreeing at first.
Spike: *smiles* I took a while to consider.
Have any of you visited Malaysia since your last trip here and is there any part of Malaysia you wish to go to?
Spike: I was in KL last October for a meeting about 911 upcoming concert in this country.
Lee: Shopping malls! I want to go to all the shopping malls in KL.
Jimmy: Besides KL, we went to Kota Kinabalu before. I remember we went on the jet skis. But I’m very much looking forward to going around the city on this visit.
After the long hiatus, how is it like to reunite and perform together again as a band? Do you get nervous before a performance?
Lee: Firstly, we are very excited to meet our Malaysian fans. And yes, we do get nervous before a show. We all have different ways of chilling [managing the nerves] before the show.
Spike: Perhaps a little scrambling for the loo too *laughs* “Who is in there?!”
Jimmy: We hope that everyone still remembers the lyrics and we can all sing together.
Do you have a favourite local food and is there any food you would like to try?
Spike: I remember the chicken satay we had back in 1996. It was really good.
Jimmy: A staff told us they’ll bring us a fruit, a special one that smells like feet but I amanot sure what it is called.
Well Jimmy, we truly hope that you’ll find the smell nothing but full of fragrance. Durian is the King of Fruits in Malaysia!
Interview by Jessy Wong • Photos by 911 Facebook and Rick Cheah