The Fray revs up Pinoy crowd; lead singer mingles with audience not just once but twice

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The Fray ended its concert with: "Salamat, Manila. We are The Fray from Denver, Colorado. Much love!" Isaac Slade (left) and Joe King (right) joined their fellow bandmates during their November 10 concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.


Isaac Slade of The Fray caught everyone by surprise when he went down the stage of the Smart Araneta Coliseum and mingled with Filipino fans.

And the singer-pianist of The Fray went down the stage not just once but twice during the concert held last night, November 10.

The first time he did, Isaac approached the elevated area near the stage; the second time, he climbed up the upper box area.

Aside from Isaac, American piano rock band The Fray is composed of guitarists Dave Welsh, Joe King, and drummer Ben Wysocki.

During their press conference held last Friday, November 9, Isaac revealed that their fourth album will be released by December 2013.

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THE CONCERT. Serving as the front act of The Fray was the band Moonstar 88, which performed such songs as "Migraine," "Panalangin," and "Torete."

At around 9 p.m., Isaac Slade appeared onstage with his fellow band members. Isaac immediately told the crowd: "Manila, mahal ko kayo!"

While singing "All At Once," Isaac jumped up and down the stage, matching the crowd's level of energy at the Big Dome.

During an interval, the frontman shouted "Mabuhay!," prompting the crowd to cheer anew.

Isaac then sat down on the piano to play their song "You Found Me." Halfway through the song, Isaac said to the crowd: "Kumusta?"

He also said during the early part of the concert: "This is our very first show in Manila. It took us a while to get here, but we're The Fray. We're from Denver, Colorado. Thank you so much for coming."

He then asked the crowd, "You guys like to sing?" He got a big "Yes!" for an answer.

He then followed it up with: "You guys like to dance a bit?" Another big "Yes!" from the crowd.

"Alright, it's gonna be a good night. Hold on to your horses or your hats."

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The band performed songs from their third album Scars & Stories, such as "Turn Me On" and "Syndicate."

The lineup also included “Never Say Never,” which was featured in the blockbuster movie Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen.

During one of his spiels, Isaac gave a testimonial to the warm hospitality of Filipinos: "A family took me to the beach today and I was like a part of the family immediately."

Before performing one of their songs, Isaac revealed: "We heard about the floods and we're so sorry.

"This song is titled 'Happiness' and it's about being sad and being lonely and being lost but still smiling.

"Not in a false way but in a very, very deep way. This is 'Happiness.'"

To rev up the energy of the crowd even more, Isaac told the concertgoers: "Everybody, stand up and get your blood flowin."

The singer-pianist clapped his hands continuously and the crowd began clapping to his rhythm.

This served as a warmup for the band's popular song "How to Save a Life," which is one of their songs nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group.

Meanwhile, their song "Over My Head (Cable Car)" was nominated for a Grammy in the category Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group.

Before the show ended last night, Isaac took off his black jacket to reveal his black sando underneath.

Isaac then told the crowd: "Philippines, thank you so much for coming out tonight. Much love, Manila! I promise you, we will make another record and we will come back!"

By the end of their set, they waved goodbye and left the stage. Drummer Ben then threw his drumsticks to the audience.

The chanting of "We want more!" promptly caused Isaac to return and sing "Heartbeat" and "Be Still."

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The frontman finally ended the concert with: "Salamat, Manila. We are The Fray from Denver, Colorado. Much love!"


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