Oh my god…here comes the news that I’ve been telling you about…the most unbelievable thing that is going to happen to King Ly Chee. I NEVER NEVER imagined that this would happen to us. I never in my life imagined that I would ever get this opportunity…here is the news:
KING LY CHEE IS OPENING FOR LEGENDARY-THE GREATEST HARDCORE BAND IN THE WORLD: SICK OF IT ALL!!!
This is a dream come true for me…I was 13 years old (I’m 31 now) when I was skateboarding with my friend and they told me to check out this band called Sick of it All. They told me it was a band that played “hardcore” music…I didn’t know what it was or what it meant. But I listened to it – and I heard the words of the album “Blood, sweat and no tears” – songs like “Injustice system”, “friends like you”, and of course my favorite Sick of it All song: “My Life” with the simplest lyrics that when I was 13 years old was the only thing I wanted say to the whole world “All my life people tell me what to say…this is my life live it my own way”…These lyrics still mean the world to me today when colleagues ask me why I’m wasting my time with King Ly Chee, when friends and old acquaintances ask me why I waste so much money on my band when I don’t get any money back, when my colleagues/girlfriend/friends see me working my ass off for King Ly Chee/hardcore and Start From Scratch and don’t understand my passion for something that they don’t there’ll ever be any rewards from, when band members quit, when it feels like the whole world gives up on King Ly Chee something that I have put my entire LIFE into…any time I feel like giving up or not dealing with this shit anymore – I listen to Sick of it All – it brings me back to the very first day when I heard Sick of it All and when I was first introduced to hardcore. A little Pakistani skater kid who spoke English better then he spoke his own mother-language, but was growing up in a city (Hong Kong) that spoke another language (Cantonese) that he couldn’t speak, and went to a school full of rich white kids from USA, UK, etc., and feeling so different from all these people. That’s all I was…a confused little kid that didn’t know what he was – am I Pakistani? Am I a “Hong Kong person”? Am I Chinese? What am I?
I listened to Sick of it All and I learned many things:
1. The world is too fucked up to worry about yourself. So what if you don’t understand yourself? There are people in the world who don’t have food, there are people in the world who have been kidnapped from their home and forced into sexual slavery, there are people in the world who deal with the most disgusting of racists actions, there are places in the world where children are growing up without entire families, there are places in the world where 8 year old children are raising their younger brothers and sisters because their parents died to AIDS or were killed…
2. That it doesn’t matter if you’re different…you still have the strength to change the world. It doesn’t matter if you’re different and you SHOULDN’T TRY to change yourself because you’re different so you can fit in.
3. That I can do anything I want to do with my life. All I have to do is try and NEVER NEVER NEVER give up…persist through EVERYTHING.
I owe this band for everything that I am and especially for all the beliefs and morals I have about hardcore. Everything that I hold dear about hardcore: it’s humility, it’s DIY spirit, it’s never give up attitude, it’s fighting for the weak, it’s MESSAGE BASED lyrics, respecting other people and especially respecting people who think differently even within this hardcore/punk scene…I learned it all from this band…
They saved my life as a teenager…I am who I am because of Sick of it All and the world they introduced me to through their music and lyrics…
They are my heroes…and I am finally not only going to meet them, but be on the same stage with this band. I CANNOT BELIEVE IT…
This is the big announcement that I wanted to make…PLEASE HELP US CELEBRATE THIS GREAT THING TO HAPPEN TO US…please click on this link and check out the FLYER and please post us a message…CLICK HERE
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