Upcoming Shows in Manila This May

2012 was a good year for all music fans here as we’ve witnessed popular foreign acts but 2013 is going to be bigger.

At the start of the year, the country already experienced good shows from artists like Demi Lovato, Grimes, Joss Stone, Jimmy Cliff and Toe.

This month, English indie rock band Bloc Party and The Script will visit Manila.

And for the next quarter, specifically the month of May, prepare yourself for these shows that you shouldn’t miss. No GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) for the moment folks and time now to save some hard-earned cash for tickets.

Let’s start this off with guitar hero Slash, former Gun’s N Roses and Velvet Revolver. He will have a show on May 4 with his touring band that features Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge) on vocals.

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Days after Slash, it seems that the hangover from a heavy rock concert will be doubled as American rock icon Aerosmith will be performing on the 8th of May. Imagine those two Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famers performing just days separating them in one week. Whew!!!


Meanwhile, on the 14th of May, get to experience a chill and relaxing acoustic vibe of Jason Mraz. He will return to Manila for a one night show.



Sting Back to Bass Tour Live in Manila 2012

Before 2012 ended, big name musicians got to perform in Manila, one of them was Gordon Sumner aka Sting. Well this was the show I missed and friends who got to watch said it was worth seeing. Performances included hits from his solo outfit as well as his former band The Police.

It was a big mistake on my part not to attend the Back to Bass Tour show as I was raring to see it, only cancelling at the last-minute as I had jam sessions with two of my bands and one of them had a schedule at night (a jam for a then upcoming gig), which was a conflict to Sting’s concert as it started around 8 or 9 p.m. If only I knew the outcome of our show would be somewhat a disaster, then I should have instead watched Sting haha.

Besides it’s very rare for such a big name artist stage a concert here and I really want to see him live especially with his worn-out Fender bass which was one of my dream bass if I could ever have one.

Anyway good thing technology these days are well advanced and thanks to the fans who posted vids on tube sites, we’re able to watch the shows we’ve missed.

To all who failed to see it, here are some vids shot by fans.

If I Ever Lose My Faith in You.

Fields of Gold.


Shape of MY Heart.

The Cranberries

The Cranberries in Manila

Being a big fan of 90’s music, one of the most recognizable alternative bands who emerged in that era was The Cranberries. The group, who have made various hits, performed in Manila for a one night concert at Smart Araneta coliseum last April 10, 2012 and catching them live was an awesome feeling.


Here are some of the vids shared by fans who were fortunate enough to be seated near the stage.




Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie Perform Live in Manila!

For the first quarter of 2012, Manila has already staged a number of live concerts from various foreign artists, among them is the American alternative indie-rock group Death Cab for Cutie. The band performed at the NBC Tent, Fort Bonifacio Global City Taguig City last March 5 and it was a success.


It was a great set by the guys who played so intact that pumped up the whole crowd.


Here are some clips captured by fans if you’ve missed this event. Many thanks to them for the awesome vids. Two thumbs up! 🙂




One thing with Filipino fans that’s so satisfying to do a concert here if you’re a foreign artist is that, if you’ve got a hit song and you play it live, expect most if not all will sing along from start to finish. And they know the lyrics so damn well!


Here’s the band performing I Will Follow You Into the Dark.




Mr. Big music

Big, Bigger, Biggest.. Mr. Big Live in Manila!

Mr. Big rocks!!! While kids were present at MOA for Justin Bieber’s concert and went Bieber hunting, their parents went to the Big Dome to witness one of rock’s great acts, Mr. Big.


This is the 2nd time they toured Manila if I’m not mistaken and finally I get to see one of my early guitar heroes play live. Paul Gilbert was at his best as ever, doing scorching guitar solos, accompanied by the hot basslines of Billy Sheehan. The two masters were truly fantastic, even doing solos at the same time, same speed, same notes hit, wow! It was surreal seeing them live in action, ’cause the only time I saw them do their stuffs was on the VHS tapes we once rented before hehe.


Of course the set included instrumentals from the two, that classic drill on the guitar which was popularized by Eddie Van Halen and later on Paul and the band did their classics as well as their new materials.


The highlight of the gig was when they had finished their encore, thought it was over so I stood up on my seat and ’bout to leave but heck, they returned to the stage, for the 2nd encore, this time switching instruments. Paul on drums, Eric on guitars, Pat on bass, and Billy on vocals, doing the cover of a Deep Purple hit song Smoke On The Water. Come guitar solo time, except for Paul, the three switched instruments, this time with Eric on bass, Pat on vocals and Billy doing the guitar solos.


Warming up the evening were Brit-rock influenced Lip Service, which my band Crude Oz played along with at Saguijo when we did a gig there before, and the pretty and talented all-girl rock group General Luna. Both bands were awesome and rocked the venue.


Here’s a captured vid of Greentinted Sixties Mind from one of the fans who watched last May 10’s show. I picked this one ’cause this is my favorite tune of theirs, and the song that up until now I haven’t learned to play on guitar because of the tapping style of the intro hehe. 🙂