Project 365: I <3 concert tickets! (Day 181)

THIS IS IT! I got my ticket to Maroon 5!!!! My friend Peaches and I are big fans and decided to watch this time in Patron! It was also pretty cheap… so waaaahhhhhh! I’m so excited to see my ultimate crush Adam Levine!

Concert Scene: Rock of Ages The Musical

06.23.2012

I make it a point to watch atleast one theater performance a year and for 2012, I didn’t want to miss out on one of more popular Broadway hits that has now made its way to Philippine shores Rock of Ages.

The musical was in town for a short run here in Manila produced by top theater group Atlatis Productions and headlined by Fil-Aussie MiG Ayesa of Rockstar INXS fame.

Rock of Ages is a rock/jukebox musical set in the Los Angeles Sunset Strip during the 1980s were rock was at its best and featured the music of rock legends back in the day like Bon Jovi, Journey, Styx, Poison, etc.

The story revolves around a young man Drew Boley (Nyoy Volante), a struggling musician who works in a bar called the Bourbon Room owned by Dennis Dupree and the narrator Lonny Barnett (Jett Pangan). Trouble stirs with the arrival of Sherrie Christian (Vina Morales), a young girl aspiring to be an actress who Drew falls in love with, and the threat of destruction of the bar by Hertz Klinemann and his son Frantz to rebuild the city into something cleaner.

In order to save his club, Dupree invites back rockstar Stacey Jaxx (MiG Ayesa) and his band Arsenal back to the club to generate more popularity, since Stacey first became famous in this club. On opening night, as Drew opens the show for Arsenal, Stacey and Sherrie have sex in the men’s bathroom, much to the dismay of Drew.

The plot thickens as Stacey dumps Sherrie immediately after their little tryst, Drew gets discovered by a record producer and shuns Sherrie, and Sherrie joins a strip club down the street called the Venus Club. Demolition among the strip goes on despite protests led by city planner Regina (Aisa Siguerra).

The musical boasts of their star-studded cast featuring top theater and musical celebrities in the Philippines. I personally enjoyed the performances of MiG Ayesa (who is perfect as Stacey Jaxx), and Aisa Seguerra and Jett Pangan who provided comic relief for the show.

The main leads Vina Morales and Nyoy Volante delivered a stunning performance with their powerful voices. Vina got me with her rockhard abs but I felt she was a little old for the character. I was impressed with Nyoy’s vocal ability to rock it out since I was so used to his slow ballads, but I found he and Vina lacked a certain chemistry together.

Over all, I thoroughly enjoyed the performance. It was funny and sentimental in all the right places and the soundtrack was just so familiar that I found myself singing through a lot of the songs.

I am so glad theatre has made its mark in the Philippines! The shows are all sold out so I was extremely lucky to have scored these seats together with my friend Sitti.

Here we are after the show with Aiza Seguerra (third from left) who stars as Regina, with Sitti (beside me, 2nd to left) and her friend Juris (2nd to right) who are in support of Aisa who is also part of their ASAP sessionistas group.

Project 365: I <3 Rock of Ages! (Day 175)

My first musical of the year! Watched it with my friend Sitti on this now sold-out show! Starring top Filipino musical celebrities such as MiG Ayesa, Vina Morales and Nyoy Volante.

Maroon 5 in Manila!

My ‘hubby’ Adam and his bandmates are coming back for the third time!!!

I soooooo can’t wait!!! I love them!!!

Project 365: I <3 X Factor Kapamilya Advertiser Edition! (Day 166)

Congratulations to my dear friend, Jolly Estaris of Mediacom, in winning the X Factor Kapamilya Advertiser Edition! He sang “I Don’t Want To Be” and was mentored by Gary Valenciano.

Project 365: I <3 NKOTBSB! (Day 155)

Best concert of the year!!! Had so much fun reminiscing with these two great boybands of the 1990s!

Concert Scene: NKOTBSB Live In Manila

06.03.12

Tweenies of the 1980s and 1990s were hit with  huge wave of nostalgia as two of the biggest American boybands of our generation joined forces to bring us the best concert of the year so far.

Held in the newly opened SM Mall of Asia Arena, fans flocked to Pasay City to witness this never before seen event.

I was a child of the 1990s and I grew up during the golden age of pop where boybands were the biggest thing to hit the music scene. Between the two bands, I was more familiar with the Backstreet Boys who ruled from the mid90s to early 2000s, as the New Kids were the precedessors who dominated the late 1980s to early 90s.

Most of the fans who watched were from my generation – ranging from their mid-20s to mid-30s.

I went with my officemates Shierlly, Mitzie and Nikki (my co-pop fan, he’s a boy btw) as this was one concert you cannot miss. I also spotted a lot of friends who were my age as well.

We were such cheapskates, only opting to watch in General Admission (The Arena had more expensive ticket costs than Araneta).

See how far we were! But it wasn’t so bad (or so I thought initially). The place was actually packed, especially at the Upper Box and General Admission area. We noticed that the lower box area wasn’t so full, so we had a plan…

The concert started, after two guest front acts, with all 9 boys – Joey McIntyre, Jordan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg, Jonathan Knight and Danny Wood from NKOTB, and Brian Litrell, AJ McLean, Howie Dorough and Nick Carter from BSB – all sharing the stage.

Here’s a clip from their Canadian concert to give a better sense of how they did it. I am only posting it because their opening song is a mash-up of Single (NKOTB) and The One (BSB) with notes of Viva La Vida by Coldplay (love it!!!!)

Since we noticed that there were very few people at the lower box, we sent Nikki out to scout if we can move down. A few minutes later, he was calling and texting us to come down because we can go to lower box!!!

The three of us girls scrambled out of our seats and headed down three floors to the lower box area. The usherettes were actually encouraging us to occupy the seats. We found ourselves just in front of the stage right with a fantastic view!

The concert ran for about two and a half hours, which was more than your money’s worth! The two groups alternated performances every now and then, but BSB seemed to take up a bigger chunk of the show. But they all sang their hits from way back much to the delight of the crowd.

The show was every fans dream and I totally envied those seated in the patron area. BSB got four ladies for their I’ll Never Break Your Heart performance, while NKOTB went down and stayed for a while with the audience for one of their songs. They often came down to the audience and interacted with the fans. I guess this was one of the perks of having 9 people on stage because everyone could get a piece of the band.

I thoroughly enjoyed the show because it really brought back fond high school memories. And these guys could still rock it! I was very shocked that NKOTB still looked so good despite already being in their 40s!!!

The men of the night award belongs to:

Nick Carter (BSB)

Joey McIntyre (NKOTB)

These two were my favorites of the night because 1) Joey is just so cute, though Jordan comes in close at 2nd with his very hot looking body; and 2) Nick was just so crazy!!! I found it so amusing as he danced to Call Me Maybe when they played it while he was picking his ‘girl’.

At the encore, the two groups came out wearing Adidas Pilipinas jackets that was just so cool!

Brian and Howie actually gave their jackets with Brian tossing his our way. My crazy seatmate (a guy) lunged three rows to get it and he did!

Over all, the concert was one of my best to date! Move over Beliebers and Directioners because these guys started it all and are still the best yet!

Project 365: I <3 BRB! (Day 147)

Meet my new favorite sweethearts – JM, Bryan, Alex and Markki! The boys of ASAP Boys R Boys were with me in Davao and these guys are like my crazy brothers!