Australian indie pop band Sheppard fulfilled their promise to Filipino fans by holding a jampacked open concert dubbed Sheppard Live At The SM Mall of Asia.
The free concert was held yesterday, August 11, at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall.
“We had the best time in Manila. You are incredible. You’re amazing. We will be back. Thank you. You’re the best fans in the world,” said one of lead vocalists George Sheppard, who even took off his shirt drenched in sweat and threw it at the girls who requested for it.
Composed of siblings George, Amy (lead vocals) and Emma Sheppard (bass) along with bandmates Jay Bovino (rhythm guitar), Dean Gordon (drums) and Michael Butler (lead guitar), the group had a blast with the warm reception of the Pinoy audience.
Sheppard arrived in the Philippines to promote their current studio album Bombs Away.
The fans went wild while dancing, singing, screaming, and recording through their mobile devices and other gadgets when Sheppard performed their biggest hit and multi-platinum single "Geronimo."
They also sang other tracks from their Bombs Away album such as "Let Me Down Easy," "Something’s Missing," "Smile," "These People," "A Grade Playa," "The Best Is Yet To Come," "Find Someone," "Halfway To Hell," and "Hold My Tongue."
They also gave their rendition of their favorite cover from last year, "Rude," which was originally performed by Magic.
During their encore performance, they asked a Filipino guitarist named Gibson Diwa to jam with them on stage.
In one of their spiels, Amy admitted that Filipinos are close to their hearts because during their childhood they grew up in Papua New Guinea having Filipinos as neighbors.
She recalled that during that time, they could hear what their Filipino neighbors are watching on television.
She even quips, “Pera o Bayong!” from ABS-CBN’s now defunct TV show Magandang Tanghali Bayan. She said she is also familiar with Wowowee.
The audience also shouted in excitement when George spoke in Tagalog saying, “Salamat sa pakikinig ng music!”
According to Amy, this was the second time they came to the Philippines. The first one was in 2010, when their group was just starting. This 2015, they made a great comeback with a very successful concert.
After the concert, Sheppard also made their fans happy by having a meet-and-greet and autograph signing session, wherein they signed posters and merchandise of the band such as hats and t-shirts.
Sheppard Live At The SM Mall of Asia was presented by Music Management International and SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc., with Nescafe Smoovlatte as sponsor.
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by Glen Sibonga posted on August 12, 2015