More than two-hours late si Martin Nievera sa presscon na ipinatawag ng XVR Events at 105.1 Crossover para sa concert niya na Martin Nievera XXV, na gaganapin sa February 1 sa Araneta Coliseum. Naka-schedule ng 6 p.m. ang presscon kagabi, January 7, pero past 8 p.m. na siya dumating at walang nagtanong mula sa entertainment press kung bakit siya na-late.
Birthday at 25th anniversary concert ito ni Martin, kaya special at mahaba raw ito. Nagbiro ang Concert King na magdala ng unan ang mga manonood para ‘pag inantok sila ay may unan na sila. Rowell Santiago will direct the concert with Louie Ocampo as musical director and Gerard Salonga of Filharmonica as the conductor of the 28-piece orchestra.
What makes the concert more special to Martin is the guesting of his sons, Robin and Ram. Ang dalawa pa raw ang tumawag sa kanya at nag-volunteer to guest in his concert.
"I was shocked when they volunteered," sambit ni Martin. "I don't want them to think that they have to be in my show, ayaw nila dati. Ayaw nilang mag-guest sa concert ni Pops [Fernandez], but after they got good reviews and after they were given a standing ovation, ganado na sila. Robin asked if he can play "On The Right Track" [one of Martin's original songs], pero di pa namin alam ang gagawin namin. It's nice to know they're beginning to like the sound of applause."
Dadalhin ng producers ang concert ni Martin sa Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Baguio, at Pampanga. Pero sa April na raw ito mangyayari pagkatapos ng stint ni Martin with the SOS o Society of Seven sa Las Vegas. In fact, parang farewell concert ni Martin ito dahil two months din siyang hindi makababalik at hindi mapapanood sa local TV.
BACK IN LAS VEGAS. Kinuha siya ng SOS na mag-guest sa show nila sa Flamingo Hotel sa Las Vegas Strip starting February 13 and will run up to April 13. Kasama pa rin ng grupo si Lani Misalucha at si Martin ay pansamantalang papalit kay Mark Escueta who is going back to school daw.
"I have no time to celebrate my birthday because on February 5, I'll be flying back to Las Vegas to prepare for the shows. The show is in Flamingo Hotel on the Strip of Las Vegas and will run from February 13 to April 13. I'll be doing songs by Josh Groban, Johnny Mathis, and songs my Dad [Bert Nievera] used to sing when he was with the group. They want me to do Elton John, let's see if kaya ng boses ko. They also want me to do impression," lahad ni Martin.
Why did he accept the offer of SOS when it's for two months only?
"All my life, I've been watching them perform, because my Dad was with them for ten years. I'm very close with the group and all their medleys, kinakanta ko at ang Broadway medley ko, galing sa kanila. Since childhood, dream ko nang maging member ng SOS," paliwanag ni Martin.
POPS FERNANDEZ. Isa sa magandang ibinalita ni Martin sa presscon ay ang pagbubukas muli ng communication line nila ni Pops. Tuwang-tuwa nitong ikinuwento sa press ang nangyari.
"She finally replied to a text. I texted her to greet a Happy New Year and she texted Happy New year, too. I texted her again to ask what's her birthday gift for Rams [their youngest son] who's birthday is on January 26 and he's 18 years old na. She replied again and that's two replies. I printed out her replies and framed it. Pero di pa kami nag-uusap sa phone."
Dagdag ni Martin, "I was very happy that she replied to my text messages at sabi ko talaga, ‘Yes!' Sinabi ko sa lahat, pati kay Santino [Martin's son with live-in partner Katrina Ojeda], because I've been wanting a reply from her for so long. Katrina was also very happy. That's good daw. She's the first person to know the happy news."
Kabaligtaran daw ito sa eksena nila ni Pops nang magkita sila sa Meralco Theater sa taping ng Christmas Special ng ABS-CBN.
"I saw her while she was waiting for her number. I went up to her, greet her happy birthday, because it was her birthday. I even kissed her on the cheek, but she was very quiet and no reaction at all. As if it was just my imagination that she was there and I was talking to a wall," kuwento ni Martin.
So is Pops guesting in his concert now that they're communicating again?
"I don't want to be accused of using her and the situation if I invite her," sagot niya. "If she's guesting, I would never announce it. Also, I want the people to watch my concert because of me and not because of my guests. Make sure to come and see me, even if the Big Dome is only half-filled, I'll be performing, like it's my last concert. I'm gonna be as real as I can and sincere and honest. I don't really care what I wear. It will be a great show and a great celebration of my 46th birthday and my 25th year in showbiz."
Is he expecting a birthday greeting from Pops?
"Maybe, now that we have communication again and also because we have two children," sabi ni Martin.