Showing posts with label concerts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label concerts. Show all posts

Monday, July 25, 2016

Dama the repeat: terrific music

The Clairvoyant and I went to a concert last Saturday. We haven't been to a concert since December 2012 when we watched Sting perform live at the Araneta Coliseum. That concert was almost cancelled after Sting refused to perform at the original venue, the SM Mall of Asia Arena. This was after a group informed him of After that, we missed a few concerts we could have gone to and which we would probably watched. However, since 2012 we had our daughter Ally and we made the obvious choice of not being out late with only a few exceptions and with at least one of us staying at home to be with Ally.

This time around, as Ally's grown up a bit and we have tried going on "escapes" once in a long while. We tried to really go to this particular concert as we have tried to catch two of the artists in one of their gigs. Ebe Dancel and Johnoy Danao are our friends. We've known them since the 1990s and even had Johnoy and his then band Bridge perform at our wedding 14 years ago. Incidentally, the last local concert we attended was Ebe's when he was still with his band Sugarfree. This one was special because both were performing and a bonus was their comrade in music, Bullet Dumas. We missed the first concert as well as their gigs at Conspiracy.

Bullet Dumas, Ebe Dancel and Johnoy Danao
The concert was really good and we were not surprised by that. We were surprised though with the performance of Bullet Dumas. He was basically a beast (halimaw!) out there and belted out what we termed as "karaoke-proof" songs. Of course, we meant that in a good way. Johnoy was his usual great mellow and hearing him sing brings back good memories (he was our wedding singer). Ebe was also in a zone but we felt something about his performance that was on the personal side. You can feel his pain by the way he spoke and sang. Ebe mentioned during the last part of his solo that this concert will probably not be happening again. I would like to assume that as not happening in the near future rather than not happening at all. Meanwhile, we have their music in CDs and in our computers for us to listen to. We should be getting Bullet Dumas' music, too, as we found it both refreshing and energizing aside from being very intriguing.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Concert night at the coliseum

We had tremendous fun at Sting's Back to Bass concert held at the Araneta Coliseum last Sunday, December 9. For a change, we weren't worrying about the rains and the possibility of flooding near our home unlike the time we were at the same venue for the Tears for Fears concert last August. And so we got to enjoy the music from the featured artist as well as the front act for the night who pleasantly turned out to be Aiza Seguerra backed up by Mike and Angelo Villegas. Their acoustic performance was great, too, though many in the crowd at the time they played didn't seem to pay attention to them, as if dismissing them as bakya compared to the guy who was to perform 30 minutes later. Well, a lot of those same folks including the ones who sat in front of us certainly weren't Sting or Police fans as they obviously knew only a few songs. Sayang! I believe others who couldn't get seats deserved to be at the concert than these pretenders who probably went there just to be seen.

Aiza Seguerra and the Villegas brothers Mike and Angelo warm up the crowd 

Sting performs at the Araneta Coliseum

More on the concert experience in the next post!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Reliving younger days - Tears for Fears in Manila - 2

The Clairvoyant and I had a blast one Friday night, a celebration of sort after she came back home after a more than 1.5-year stint in Singapore. I had bought tickets to one of our favorite bands from our high school and university days that we associated with the New Wave music that was quite popular with our generation. It was quite nostalgic for us and we always joke about how this must be the feeling of our parents and grandparents for music and artists of their time.

Tears for Fears is one of the most popular bands of the 80's churning hit after hit with favorites like Mad World, Pale Shelter and Change from their very successful The Hurting album. They followed this up with an even more immensely successful Songs From the Big Chair that featured Shout, Everybody Wants to Rule the World, Mother's Talk and Head Over Heels. They broke up in the early 90's due to some differences between Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith. Orzabal retained Tears for Fears while Smith embarked on a solo career. Orzabal released a couple of albums that had some marginal success (compared to their 80's albums) while Smith's stint was largely forgettable. They got back together in the middle of the last decade and returned to touring. Well, it took them some time before they came to the Philippines for the first time last year. And they themselves were probably so happy to see how they are still immensely popular in this part of the world. That concert last year probably convinced them (and their producers) to return this year and even add a playdate due to the sold out initial dates in Manila and Cebu.

Tears for Fears' finale was Head Over Heels but even before they exited the stage, the fully-packed coliseum was already cheering them on to do an encore. They did respond to the shouting by returning to the stage to sing a couple more songs. The first one was the haunting Woman in Chains that everybody also seemed to know the lyrics of, resulting in a continuation of what has become one big karaoke session since the opening act of Per Sorensen of Fra Lippo Lippi fame. They capped the night with their smash hit Shout, which was #1 in the US, UK and other countries - a perfect ending to a night of fun that brought us back to what people may refer to as the good old days when we were young and care free.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Reliving younger days - Tears for Fears in Manila - 1

We had a great time recently, going to a concert where played two great acts of our generation - Fra Lippo Lippi and Tears for Fears. The former was represented by its lead vocalist, singer-songwriter Per Sorensen while the latter by no less than the duo of Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal, who are Tears for Fears. The concert turned out to be  a 3-hour karaoke session with the fully-packed Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City singing along with the artists as they performed the songs that were familiar to most if not all the audience.

Following is a video I took and uploaded to YouTube of the opening act for Tears for Fears. I wasn't able to record the entire performance of their first song but I guess it will be clear from the video how popular Tears for Fears still is in the Philippines.

The first time they were in Manila was only last year and they mentioned they were asking themselves the question of why they didn't perform here in the 1980's or even the early 1990's when their popularity in Britain, the US and elsewhere was peaking. Well, they are still quite popular in the Philippines and Roland Orzabal even related a story in between songs that when somebody asked him whatever they were doing these days, he replied that the man should go to YouTube and type in "Tears for Fears in Manila" to see how they're doing these days. That elicited cheers from the audience. In fact, they have three concert dates in the Philippines with 2 in Manila last August 10 (which the Clairvoyant and I attended) and 11 (an additional date due to the sell-out Friday, that many of our friends went to and was also a sell-out). They are now playing in Cebu to another sell-out crowd.