If there were any chances left of beating Kees Dieffenthaller and Iwer George’s Stage Gone Bad for the road march, it was mashed up, shelled down and turned over long before Carnival Tuesday came to an end.
The popular song was by far the most dominant song on the road and at the judging points throughout the entire day.
The closer competition was also always going to have Iwer’s name in it, Conch Shell, performed by Machel Montano, Iwer George and Skinny Fabulous.
As if to symbolically take a bow to the song which is expected to outshine his for the Road March title, Machel Montano sang Stage Gone Bad alongside George as mas band Tribe crossed the stage at the Socadrome, Jean Pierre Complex, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.
The Conch Shell singer, who has ten Road March titles, also encouraged the revellers and onlookers to join in singing the song which was almost on a non-stop loop at the venue as other bands crossed the stage.
Late Monday evening, as Tribe masqueraders were crossing the Savannah stage, Montano was atop a truck singing Conch Shell, when masqueraders began chanting “Iwer” as they demanded that Stage Gone Bad be played instead.
The DJs in the music trucks obliged.
Montano also crossed the Savannah stage Tuesday with Peter Minshall’s Mas Pieta to Iwer and Kees’ song.
Stage Gone Bad was the preferred choice for bands to cross the stage at the Socadrome, especially for Yuma which almost exclusively played the song for the revellers as both artistes sang along from the music truck.