I’ve been out of the loop with everything Korean for the past year and a half, but this is the one thing that I’ve been looking forward to ever since Rain started hyping about it.
Those flawless dance moves. That haunting voice. And that cute surprise at the end. This is Vintage Rain, the Rain that most of us loved. He’s back, bitches. The fact that the song is produced by Psy is an added bonus.
It’s just sad that this is just a single and is not even a part of a mini-album. I wanna hear more!
Alden Richards presents his Diamond Record Award (10x Platinum) for the album “Wish I May” at the launch of his latest album “Say It Again”
For someone who’s admittedly not a singer, this guy has truly gone places. Congratulations, RJ! I’m proud to say I contributed about 10 units to that award. hahaha! Kidding! Here’s to the next Diamond!
Speaking of the next Diamond…
Yesterday, Alden launched his 3rd album (his second under GMA Records) entitled Say It Again. And yesterday was one of, if not the most surreal moment of my life as a fan of Alden Richards. Yes, even more surreal than the single greatest moment of my fangirl life.
Last year’s Wish I May album launch basically also launched my “career” as an active fan of Alden Richards. It had a lot of ‘firsts’: my first time to see Alden in person, my first time to cover his events, my first time to cover an event seated on a Lazy-Boy chair. That sort of thing. I had hoped to experience the same thing this time at the Say It Again launch; unfortunately, things were a bit bleak in the days leading to the event. For one thing, the venue is different and the new venue has no Lazy-Boy chairs. Secondly, I didn’t have the same contacts then as I have now. We had very little time to build connections, so we ended up doing it the hard way: by lining up just like everyone else.
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It’s been more than eleven years since I last saw The Dawn. For five years, I was their No. 1 Stalker. I carry that title with pride. Heck, they’re the reason why this blog’s domain name is ‘bandstalker.com’ (most probably to the consternation of real band stalkers whom I literally snatched this domain name from under their noses). For those who admire my photography skills (if you could call that ‘skills’), you have this band to thank for. I learned the ropes from five years of my close proximity to them.
This is why when they announced their 30th Anniversary gig, I immediately decided that I *must* be there. For old times’ sake. Fortunately, my brother-slash-bandstalking-partner is still up for it.
What can I say? It’s like 11 years did not pass. It’s still the same The Dawn that rocks our socks. Jett Pangan still has the best voice among band vocalists in this country. He’s like wine that gets better with age. I hate bringing out the word “age” because it also reminds me of my own, but can I just say that this band seems to have defied it?
It’s my first time to see them with Sancho on guitars and he certainly jelled well with the group. During my bandstalker days, Sancho was playing for Cynthia Alexander and Loquy, and his main axe was an acoustic guitar. I’ve always been in awe at how he would shred that acoustic as if he’s playing electric. Watching him play electric now is both a new experience and a reminder of how great a musician he is.
I had wondered how they were going to do the two-bass-players thing because, I know I sound incredibly ignorant right now, but has there ever been a rock band in the world that has two bass players? The thing that got me hooked on The Dawn way back in the 80s was their bass lines. No, the fact that their bass player was cute has nothing to do with it, although it certainly helped. Admittedly, one of the reasons why I was hell-bent on attending the 30th anniversary gig was because they brought back Carlos Balcells. And then they also brought back Mon Legaspi, who was my other close buddy in the band when I was still stalking them. That’s two really good reasons not to miss this show.
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I thought they were just going to ‘share’ the set. First up was Carlos; then after a few songs, Mon took over the bass duties while Francis Brew took a break and let Carlos play acoustic guitar for Talaga Naman (Carlos was the original acoustic guitar player on that song).
Mon then played bass on the next few songs, until Iisang Bangka came… with both Mon and Carlos on bass.
It was sensory overload for me. I was stunned and in awe over the double-bass-player set up that I failed to record the first verse of Bangka. Fortunately, the set up stayed until the end of the show so I was able to record Enveloped Ideas in its entirety.
Trivia: I have a vast collection of The Dawn’s setlists. I always have to grab one after every gig to act as guide when I write the Aftermath Report for The Dawn’s official message board.
Their setlist was a mix of classics and new songs; admittedly, it was my first time to hear their songs post-Harapin. But I enjoyed them, nonetheless. I just wish they had lesser covers and more of their hit songs. Noticeably missing on the list were Love Will Set Us Free (it would’ve been great hearing them play this live with Leni Llapitan on keyboards), Alam Ko, Alam N’yo, Salimpusa (I’d probably die if they played these two songs with two bass players), Beyond The Bend and I Stand With You. I even missed Little Paradise, but for entirely different reasons. I was ecstatic, though, that they opened the set with I Saw You Coming In as it’s one of my biggest faves. It was also nice to hear them play Behind Shadows, which, according to Jett, was only possible because Carlos was with them.
All in all, it was a great night. It certainly brought out the nostalgia; at the same time it felt good that, as I’ve previously said, it seemed that my eleven-year absence was not felt with this band. Me and my bro were still queueing outside the venue when Mon spotted us from a distance and immediately called us out (and then looked for our other band buddy; dude, I really have no idea where he was that night). And then, the even bigger surprise: we were right there in front, with my brother directly across Jett. But the first one to notice us among the guys onstage was Carlos, whom we haven’t spent that much time with during our years of stalking The Dawn. It was a total shock that he still remembered us. Of course, Jett acknowledged our presence, too. He always did, and he always does. Nice to see you again, guys.
Trenta will have a repeat at the Music Museum in November. Catch them if you can.