by Ronald Constantino
CONCERT SCENE – 2014 promises to be an exciting year on the concert scene. This early, concerts featuring Filipino and foreign artists have been lined up.
To be sure the best of local singers will perform in Metro Manila, Metro Cebu, Metro Davao, and other cities. In the past, Tacloban hosted major concerts, but then its “big dome” was partially destroyed and so shows there might not be possible.
BIELEBERS – But let it be said that the biggest teen idol in the world, Justin Bieber, visited Tacloban last December and entertained children at a basketball court and a makeshift stage. Justin raised more than $1 million for the victims of super typhoon Yolanda.
Now we are all Bielebers.
‘LAOTIAN DEEP’ – While there are really popular foreign artists coming to the country, there are also the “Laotian Deep” (has-been). Those whose voices and looks have seen better days.
But then the Filipino audience is generally forgiving and tolerant and respectful of those “Laotian Deep.” Even if they forget lyrics of songs and can’t reach those high notes.
Those foreign artists are also referred to as “thunder over the hill” – “thunder” as in “tanda” and “over the hill” as, well, “laos.”
BOOTLEG BEATLES – Which can’t be said of the Bootleg Beatles, coming over for a series of shows this month. Details. The Bootleg Beatles, the acclaimed entertainment group from London, that provides the closest thing to a true Beatles experience in concert, will be arriving for a series of shows in the Philippines this month.
A production of Viva Live Inc. and Redstone Media Productions, “The Bootleg Beatles in Concert” will be held at the Plenary Hall of the PICC on Roxas Boulevard on Jan . 17. This show will be followed by another performance at the SMX Convention Center in Davao on Jan. 18 and then also on Jan. 19 at the Grand Ballroom of the Solaire Resort and Casino, the Bootleg Beatles’ official residence while in Manila.
The Bootleg Beatles was formed in 1980. Envisioned as a tribute band, the group has performed in sold-out concerts all over the world. Playing the leads are Adam Hastings as John Lennon; Steve White as Paul McCartney; Andre Barreau as George Harrison; and Hugo Degenhardt as Ringo Starr on drums, percussion and vocals. They all sing and play musical instruments and look like the Beatles.
BEATLEMANIA – Watching the Bootleg Beatles in concert is the only opportunity for fans of the legendary lads from Liverpool Beatles to approximate what might have been a Beatles performance. The show will bring to life the era of Beatlemania from 1963 to 1969 with songs like “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” “Do You Want to Know a Secret,” “Yesterday,” “And I Saw Her Standing There,” “Here There and Everywhere,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” “With a Little Help from My Friends,” “Across the Universe,” “The Long and Winding Road,” “Let It Be,” and many others.
The official TV partners of “The Bootleg Beatles in Concert” are PBO, Viva Channel, 2nd Avenue, and Jack TV. The official media partners are the Manila Bulletin, People’s Journal, and People’s Tonight with PEP.ph and ClickTheCity as online partners. Special thanks go to Outdoor Advertising Association of the Philippines (OMP).
Tickets to “The Bootleg Beatles in Concert” at the PICC are now available at Ticketnet, SM Tickets, Ticketworld, PICC, and Viva Concerts.