Manila “MMMBopped” one more time as the Hanson brothers conquered the Big Dome last Friday night, March 30, for their Shout It Out Concert Tour.
The band first came to Manila in November 2004.
A small but solid crowd of loyal fans went to the Smart-Araneta Coliseum and had a trip down memory lane with Zac, Taylor, and Isaac.
Concert King Martin Nievera’s son Robin Nievera, who’s also slowly making a name in the music industry, was the front act for the evening.
The fans could not suppress their excitement as the Hansons opened the concert with the single “Waiting for This,” aptly expressing how everyone present felt that night.
This was followed by “Where’s the Love” and “Thinking ‘Bout somethin’.”
Taylor said, “Thank you so much! It’s so good to be back in the Philippines! Let me take you back…from album to album.”
From their 1996 album MMMBop, they sang “Thinking of You” and “A Minute Without You” from the 1997 album Middle of Nowhere.
The brothers made the audience put their hands together in “Crazy Beautiful.”
“What a crowd!” Taylor exclaimed. “I don’t know what took us so long to come back.”
They followed it up with “Can’t Stop” from the album This Time Around.
“Hello, Manila!” Isaac said. “Thank you all very, very much for coming and seeing us tonight.
“This is a song called ‘Strong Enough to Break,’” he introduced the single from the 2004 album Underneath.
Every time the camera focused on drummer Zac, as seen on the LED screen, adoring female fans let out screams of excitement–especially those from the upper seats who could only see the drummer from afar.
Zac can be considered the heartthrob among the three, though the other members are equally appreciated for their musical talents.
“We’d like to stay down low for just a few songs, if you don’t mind,” Taylor asked as they went acoustic with “Deeper.”
Zac added, “Are you guys havin’ a good time tonight? It took us long to come back, so I just want to greet everybody who patiently waited to join us here, after a few years. This goes out to you."
Then they sang “Wish That I Was There.”
As Zac’s face was again focused on the big cube, shrieks of female fans erupted, to which he couldn’t say anything but, “You guys are amazing!” as he segued to “A Song to Sing.”
“We’ve heard rumors that you guys can sing and dance as well. So we’re gonna see…” Taylor declared.
“All you guys have to sing is, ‘Whoa, whoa!” Taylor said.
Obediently, the audience sang along to “With You in Your Dreams.”
“They were right, you guys can sing,” he said after the performance.
They then rocked it out with “This Time Around” as well as “And I Waited.”
For their next song, Taylor introduced, “This is for everybody who’s ever been out in the open roads, and rolled the windows down, and turned the radio up loud,” as he sang “Penny and Me.”
“What a great night!” Taylor exclaimed.
“So, we’ve got this new album, Shout it Out, that just came out, finally.
“So this song is for the guys…trying to figure out the crazy voodoo of the ladies.”
Taylor offered the song “Give A Little” to the guys in the audience who were a minority.
“Well, thank you guys for being here fifteen years after the first song came out. We were thinking about sticking around for at least fifteen years more.
“You guys gonna be here fifteen years from now?” This was met with resounding cheers.
“This goes out to you guys.”
It was the most awaited song of the night. The crowd sang along and waved their hands to that familiar beat, “MMMBop!”
“We’re not quite to the end but we’re working our way there. I recommend that if you guys get in the groove… take it by side to side and shake it!” Zach invited and they performed “Lost Without Each Other.”
“We know you guys can make noise. The question is, can you jump?” Taylor dared the crowd as they played “If Only.”
The spectators did jump and enjoyed the song.
“Thank you all so much for being with us!” said Taylor as he also expressed gratitude to their back-up band.
“You all have a good time tonight!” and the brothers waved their hands, bowed to the audience and exited the stage.
The people were not to be moved from their seats even as the stage lights dimmed. They kept asking for more.
The three came out after a few minutes.
“You said you wanted a little bit more,” said Taylor. “Are you sure about that?”
“Alright. You guys deserve a little bit more.”
They performed “If Only” for the encore and the audience were as lively as they were when the show started.
After the last song, the brothers went centerstage and hand in hand, took their final bow.
The audience applauded appreciatively as they wait for another fifteen years.
SPOTTED: Ex-lovers Kean Cipriano and Alex Gonzaga and Karylle with Yael Yuzon of Spongecola.