Pinoy Rock Prince Jovit Baldivino and Master of Soul Thor Dulay didn’t need any unusual costumes, pyrotechnics or elaborate special effects to engage their fans in an unforgettable musical event at the Music Museum.
Their highly charged performances during their Rock & Soul back-to-back concert were enough to keep the audience in awe and on the edge of their seats.
Deafening cheers welcomed the talent search graduates when they appeared onstage wearing totally opposite looks—rugged and sophisticated ensembles. The cheering grew louder as Jovit and Thor started performing their opening number—a seamless rendition of Journey’s “Faithfully” and Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing.”
Before singing his first set of R&B hits, The Voice of the Philippines finalist Thor told the audience what’s in store for them that night.
“Dito walang lilipad sa harness. Tonight is about pure music. No frills, no special effects. And we will give you the best of rock and soul music.”
Thor’s promise was fulfilled when he gave with his own jaw-dropping rendition of Brian McKnight’s “One Last Cry,” Boyz II Men’s “I’ll Make Love to You” and John Legend’s “All of Me.”
Pilipinas Got Talent (PGT) sensation Jovit, on the other hand, became nostalgic after singing the first song in his set, “Too Much Love Will Kill You.”
He recalls: “Malaki po ang naitulong ng kantang ito sa akin. Ito po ang nagbigay sa akin ng maraming oportunidad kagaya ng mga teleserye songs.”
Paying tribute to popular theme songs that launched his career, this wonder boy from Batangas delivered heart-wrenching versions of “Ika’y Mahal Pa Rin” (Angelito: Batang Ama), “Dahil Mahal Kita” (Guns and Roses), “Ganyan Kita Kamahal” (Ikaw Lamang), and “Pusong Bato” (Juan Dela Cruz).
Thor is known mostly for his English cover songs. That’s why it was a real treat for concertgoers to hear a superb classic OPM sampler from this former choirboy. He definitely wowed the crowd with his smooth rendition of Gary Valenciano’s “Di Na Natuto,” and “Pa'no”, as well as Zsa Zsa Padilla’s “Ikaw Lamang” with Pinoy Dream Academy Season 2 finalist Liezel Garcia.
One of the memorable segments in the concert was the musical showdown between Jovit and Thor, wherein the duo amazingly gave rock and R&B versions of Fruitcakes’ “Whoops Kiri Whoops,” and Viva Hot Babes’ “Bulaklak.” Thor got the audience vote with his sultry version of the Pinoy novelty hit, but Jovit brought the house when he showed off some of its catchy dance steps while singing at the top of his lungs.
Jovit also surprised his fans by playing the piano on stage for the first time as he sang Mark Sherman’s trademark song “Changes In My Life.”
Thor‘s repertoire would not be complete without singing Stevie Wonder’s “Lately” and Perry Sledge’s “When A Man Loves A Woman.” Meanwhile, some of the highlights of Jovit’s selection were the immortal rock hits Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” "Eye of the Tiger,” as well as Chicago’s “Glory of Love” and “Hard to Say I’m Sorry.”
For their finale, the phenomenal concert tandem sang Stevie Wonder’s original “Superstition,” as they showcased some familiar dance moves.
Celebrities who attended the three-hour concert were Jovit’s singer-friend and PGT Season 2 grand winner Marcelito Pomoy, Star in a Million champion Erik Santos, movie and TV director Bb. Joyce Bernal, and Pinoy Big Brother Unlimited winner Slater Young.
Jovit and Thor offer rock and soul music during their back-to-back concert
by Elizabeth Mapula posted on May 30, 2014