The Chainsmokers rock sold out Memories Do Not Open Tour in Manila

by Nikko Tuazon
Sep 15, 2017
American DJ duo The Chainsmokers held their Memories Do Not Open Tour at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on September 13, 2017.

New York City based DJ duo The Chainsmokers—Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart—made their way back to the Philippines for another successful solo concert.

Organized by MMI Live, the Memories Do Not Open Tour was held at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City on Wednesday night, September 13.

This is the duo's second time to visit the Philippines, following the massive success of their first concert in Manila back in September 2016.

Alex and Drew took the stage around 12 midnight and performed their chart-topping hits and remixes of other songs for an hour and a half.

The American DJ duo greeted their fans with songs from their latest album including "Don't Let Me Down," "Kanye," and "The One," and turned the arena into a huge dance floor.

"Manila, are you ready?" Alex shouted as they went up the DJ booth.

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The Chainsmokers also played some of their earlier hits including a remix of their 2014 massive hit "#Selfie."

Alex instructed the crowd, "Manila, if you hate this stupid song, put your middle finger up in the air right now!"

Drew, on the other hand, took the mic and performed some of their latest songs from their debut studio album Memories...Do Not Open including "Paris," "Break Up Every Night," "Bloodstream," and "Honest."

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At one point of the concert, the duo recalled their first time in Manila.

Drew started, "We played a show in the same arena, but it [the crowd] was a little bit smaller just a year ago."

He went on to express their gratitude towards their Filipino fans for their unwavering support through the years.

"To be honest, the Philippines is first country in Asia that ever gave a shit in The Chainsmokers so we have nothing but respect for you guys, we look forward everytime we come back."

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The Chainsmokers also played some of their popular tracks such as "Roses," "All We Know," and "Until You Were Gone."

Drew recalled one of his fondest moments during their first Manila show.

"The Philippines last year was the biggest Chainsmokers show we’ve ever done of all time, it’s crazy," said Drew before playing arguably the crowd's favorite song from their set list.

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The musician continued, "So last year, we just came out with this song, and the first time I got a crowd singing along with me to it was right here. Right here. You guys ready?"

Concertgoers went wild upon hearing Drew's a capella performance of "Closer," and sang along with him as Alex started mixing the beats.

Towards the end of the song, Alex invited everyone to sing the song louder, "Manila, show the rest of Asia what the [expletive] is up when you sing this song!”

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The Chainsmokers slowed the concert down a bit with their remixes of Lion King's "Circle of Life" followed by Alvaro & Mercer's "Welcome To The Jungle Bitch."

They also played a remix of Cali Swag District's "Teach Me How To Doggie" and Daft Punk's "Around The World," and "One More Time."

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Concertgoers lit up the whole arena as the band slowed the party down with Coldplay's "Yellow."

At one point, The Chainsmokers played their remix of Dmitri Vegas and Like Mike's "Left and Right."

Before playing the song, Drew instructed fans to jump left and right as suggested by the song's lyrics.

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He told the crowd, "Dmitri and Like Mike sent us this song and they said if we're gonna play it, we gotta do it right. I said, 'Manila always does it right!'"

Towards the end of the show, concertgoers continued dancing with their performances of "New York City" followed by their collab with Coldplay titled "Something Just Like This."

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They ended the concert with another round of "Don't Let Me Down."

Alex told crowd before exiting the stage, "Thank you, Manila! We are The Chainsmokers. Goodnight everybody!"

In an Instagram post after the show, the band once again thanked their Filipino fans.

"Nothing but love for the Philippines. Our fans here have helped us believe in ourselves when we've needed it the most. We are forever grateful and can't wait to come back again and again!"

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Filipino celebrities were among the thousands of concertgoers who partied with The Chainsmokers. (Philippine Entertainment Portal) spotted MYX VJ Sharlene San Pedro on duty at duo's sophomore Manila concert.

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She was joined by her fellow Star Magic talents Ysabel Ortega, Elisse Joson, and Michelle Vito.

Actress Ara Mina was among those at the front row who patiently waited for the band's set.

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Kaila Estrada, the daughter of John Estrada and Janice de Belen, had the chance to meet Drew and Alex backstage before the show started.

(Read: Troye Sivan feels "very much at home" in the Philippines)

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