Rockers and avid fans gathered at the Araneta Coliseum to see their favorite American band Vertical Horizon last Friday, December 7.
The show began with Rivermaya's first major performance with their newest band member, Jayson Fernandez. The group entertained the spectators with songs that are often associated with Rivermaya, such as "Elisi," "You'll be Safe Here," and "Kisapmata."
The band popularly known as "Ang Banda ng Bayan" announced that they would soon release their newest album early next year. To give the audience a sample, the band—composed of Japs Sergio, Mark Escueta, Mike Elgar, and Jayson—played two cuts, "Closer " and "Sugal ng Kapalaran," from their upcoming album.
To finish their act, Rivermaya went for their classic songs like "Himala" and "Awit ng Kabataan," before Jayson introduced the next performer—American standup comedian Jamie Kennedy.
For those who haven't heard of Jamie, he has his own
reality show titled The Jamie Kennedy Experiment. He has also appeared in comedy films such as
Malibu's Most Wanted and Son of the Mask.
Jamie entered the stage while reading Tagalog greetings uttered with an American twang. Most of his jokes were green, but the audience did not find it offensive; instead, they just laughed at his sexually charged jokes. Viewers even laughed harder when Jamie poked fun at jeepneys and how people try to fit themselves in these public vehicles that are commonly seen in Manila.
After his short comic stint, Jamie introduced the next performer, the main act—the Vertical Horizon. After a few minutes of setting up the instruments and sound checking, Vertical Horizon appeared onstage with a dramatic entrance and the spectators screamed at the top of their lungs.
The Big Dome was filled with thunderous applause when Vertical Horizon started performing their song titled "Inside." The four-member alternative rock band went on playing their hits included in their album Everything You Want (1999). Songs like "You're a God," "Best I Ever Had," "Send it Up," and "Forever," from their Go album (2003), made the people in Araneta stand up and bring out their cameras to record their once in a lifetime experience of seeing their favorite band perform live in Manila.
In between each song, Matt Scannel, the band's lead guitarist and vocalist, gave his memorable experiences in their short stay in Manila, which they considered as a "special place." He even thanked the Filipinos for the warm welcome that they received since they arrived in the country. He also expressed the desire of the band to return to the Philippines and play their music once again for Filipinos.
Vertical Horizon got the audience singing along with them when they played "Everything You Want," which was supposedly their last song. But after Matt said, "Salamat! It's such a pleasure to play for you," the people yelled continuously, "More, more!" For a few minutes, the people shouted those words without stopping so the band gave in and played two more songs, one of which was "We Are," before they finally wrapped up the performance.It was a great night indeed! The audience must have had a "last song syndrome" because they were singing Vertical Horizon's "Everthing You Want" as they exited from the Araneta Coliseum.