The less important Paramore tickets issue

Why is it that people my age (twenty-somethings) find it hard to admit they like Paramore?

So apparently, there is an issue surrounding people who bought Paramore tickets for Php 10,000 (like that in itself is not an issue). To summarize, people who bought VIP tickets ended up in the same place as those who bought Gold tickets (Php 3,950). However, I am here to bitch about a less important, if not, useless issue—I was not able to see Paramore.

I was able to hear them though (what?). Having still been undecided on the day itself might have had something to do with it. And, if it weren’t for me dreaming of some Hayley-goodness the night before, I probably wouldn’t have come.

Still without parking, we arrived at Mall of Asia at exactly 8:30 p.m. By the time we reached the concert grounds, the ticket line still spanned about 50 meters, and that appalling-choice-for-a-front act had finished their set. When we were only about 15 meters from the lone ticket booth, some irritating irritated guy announced that Bronze tickets (Php 550) had run out. What choice did we have? I was not willing to shell out Php 3,000+ (Silver ticket x 2) for a concert that was already two songs in.

Thoughts In Binary

About the Php 10,000 ticket scam. If you shelled out that much for a Paramore concert, you should really rethink as to what issue you should address—your fanaticism or what had happened. Either way, you’ve been robbed, big time. On another note, why don’t you make yourselves important and actually be a VIP.

About my ticket (or lack thereof) issue. In my defense, probably 80% of the concerts I’ve been to, I did unarmed (no ticket upon arrival), and, I have not seen a line that long. Seriously, one ticket booth for a concert this big? Even that small Saosin concert had 3 lines leading to the desk which sold tickets.

Ghastly Rick Astley

Rick Astley live in the Philippines

I don’t quite get why Rick Astley is suddenly everywhere; what started out as an April Fools’ Joke – the one where you get “Rickrolled,” although I can’t seem to find the link, then the infamous participation of YouTube. And now, his career is back. But, the joke’s on him.

Anyway, I still want people looking for information on his upcoming concert to land here so here goes. August 1, 2008, 8:00 p.m. Araneta Coliseum. Tickets are priced as follows: Php 5,250 for VIP, Php 4,200 for Patron, Php 3,150 for Lower Box, Php 2,100 for Upper Box A, Php 1,050 for Upper Box B, and Php 520 for General Admission.

Anyway, responsible for bringing him over, just in case you want to bomb their offices are MYX, Mossimo, someone else, and the Puerto Galera Holy Week Congregation. You may call TicketNet at 911-5555, or the gay suicide hotline at 969-6969.

Panic! At The Disco live in the Philippines

Concert August 14, 2008

Ah, good stuff. “Panic!,” “PATD” is coming over. Mark your calendars. August 14, 2008, Thursday, 8:00 p.m. at the Araneta Coliseum. Again, I don’t know who brought them over – thanks to blogs posting for search engine traffic. Anyway, tickets are reasonably priced – Php 3,950 for Patron VIP, Php 3,450 for Patron and Lower Box, Php 1,750 for Upper Box A, Php 950 for Upper Box B, and Php 450 for General Admission.

TicketNet again for tickets – 911-5555. Like I’ve said to all Panic! At The Disco doubters in the past, “listen to the whole album, man.” PATD rocks.

New Found Glory, Simple Plan, Philippines

Live in the Philippines with Jamie Scott & The Town

The tour/concert is called “Rock N Rule,” and is actually headlined by Simple Plan. But if at all, I’m in it for New Found Glory, at least. Araneta Coliseum, August 4, 2008, Monday, 8:00 p.m. Tickets – a whopping Php 7,500 for Patron VIP, Php 5,775 for Patron, Php 5,250 for Lower Box, Php 2,300 for Upper Box A, Php 1,050 for Upper Box B, and Php 525 for General Admission.

Brought to you by… I don’t know yet. Tickets by TicketNet – the one in SM Malls. Contact TicketNet at 911-5555. Simple Plan sucks.

Thursday live in the Philippines

Confirmed

Great, great stuff. Thursday, the band, responsible for that very moving and powerful song “Understanding In A Car Crash,” is coming over. Just a small event though, but for two nights. First on May 30, 2008 at A-Venue in Makati – tickets priced at Php 1,000 but not yet selling. Then the second night on May 31, 2008 in Camarines Sur. Yup, Camarines Sur – for the 2008 Kaogma Festival, which is of course free. There will also be performances by Chicosci, Typecast, Angulo and April Morning Skies. The whole shindig is brought to us by PULP.

Of course Thursday, for me, is reason enough to be stoked, but when I heard about the Cam Sur gig, I couldn’t believe how the timing could get this perfect. I’ve been itching to go to Cam Sur and always knew it would be my “huling hirit” for this summer. Now I have a reason, and an excuse. Perfect. Thanks to chubby cheeks for the Typecast-friendster commenced rumor, and to teenayski for confirming it via Facebook.

Today is Metallica day

15th anniversary, Metallica live in Manila, Philippines

April 17, 1993, a day I will never forget. My first concert, my favorite band. Indeed one of the best days of my life.

It was then only a year after Metallica released the “black album.” Enter Sandman, the carrier single, was huge – open low E string, 7th fret 5th string, 5th fret 4th string, then 6th and 5th fret low E string – if you’re still with me, this is probably one of the first few riffs you learned on the guitar. And, because of songs like Enter Sandman, and bands like Metallica, I played guitar obsessively. I played guitar while I crapped, and I wanted nothing else but to be a guitarist in a band.

I could only imagine and try to remember the look on my face when I saw the ad in the papers for their concert. I would not miss it for the world. It was not a question of whether I’d be allowed to go or not because I knew I will, even if it meant going alone or being hassled by my parents. But, my parents knew about Metallica, they see the cds I buy (with their money), the Guitar World magazines, their concert videos (in vhs or laser disc). I had asked my mom to go to the place where they sold tickets, I asked her to buy the most expensive, the frontmost, the best tickets available.

Luckily, my soon-to-be-first-bandmate was a Metallica freak as well. He had an older bassist brother who covered Metallica songs with his band. I went with my soon-to-be-first-bandmate, my soon-to-be-first-bandmate’s brother and his bandmates. My ticket was in the third row (imagine that), theirs was in the fourth row, but directly behind me, so it was all good.

April 17 finally came. I remember we had some “transpo” problems early that day, so I, the desperate fucker that I was, asked my mom to bring us to Ultra. My friend and his brother hitched with us. I still remember the worried look on my mom’s face when she saw heaps of metalheads in black, tattooed, long-haired, surrounding Ultra. “Anak, mag-ingat kayo ha.

We were already in line early even if we didn’t have to. We were early. This was about the same time I learned it was totally fine to wear another band’s shirt in one band’s concert. I don’t know why I remember that clearly. Another thing I remembered vividly – while we were in line, a loud distorted guitar suddenly played the intro to Enter Sandman‘s riff. People went wild. All the hairs on my body stood up.

Finally inside the venue we arrived at our numbered seats. Old school rattan chairs (think “Trip To Jerusalem” in birthday parties). ‘Di pa uso monobloc nun. Razorback and a then Karl Roy-fronted Advent Call were the opening acts. I could picture Metallica hanging out with them backstage. Metallica was cool like that. Lucky, lucky bastards. After the two bands fronted, it was already dark. I was excited as hell, but I didn’t want time to fly fast because I knew I wanted to stay in the moment. Part of me did not want the concert start.

Their rock star-looking roadies started sound-checking their guitars. Hammet and Hetfield’s ESPs. Damn. The crowd, as if they didn’t lose enough energy from the front acts, suddenly felt a new surge of power and excitement within. Metallica was about to go up stage. What happened after was probably the loudest BOOM I’ve ever felt in my life. After the smoke cleared, I finally saw my idols – James Hetfield, Kirk Hammet, Lars Ulrich and classic Jason Newsted (unfortunately, his undercut was already cut), harmoniously playing that intro to Enter Sandman. It was surreal, it was loud, it was fucking LOUD. Wish I never woke up from that dream…

6 Underground part two

6UG, rebirth, comeback, return of the

Good thing this happened, else, I would still have been update-less for over a week. Blogging is hard! (Wuss…) Anyway, I received this email from a Yahoo! Group I didn’t know I was part of… Below is an excerpt from the email.

After a number of rumors, I can finally confirm that 6Underground will have its rebirth at Pearl Plaza, Pearl Drive, Ortigas Center, in Pasig City (near Univ. of Asia & the Pacific). After much deliberation, we decided to reopen it due to a number of opportunities that presented themselves to us that will better promote indie and alternative artists and help our rock industry as a whole. We had often been challenging ourselves to better our features and not be limited to being a bar (2 albums, prepaid cards, mixed martial arts, media tie-ups, etc.). We will reveal our new offerings as time goes by.

So there you go. The new bar will be called 6UG Live & Raw (haha). There’s a “soft launch” tomorrow featuring Plastic Baloo (Baloon?), Publico, Jab, and The Amandas. On the 22nd – performances by Imbuenokudos, Teenage Hero, & Subscapular; and Gayuma, Sunflower Daycamp, & 18th Issue on the 23rd. Beer is said to be priced @ Php 30. Finally, an update.

Lokal Sa Yakal

Musik Lokal’s media launch

After Mall of Asia, we went to Musik Local‘s “Lokal Sa Yakal” media launch. And that’s why I have two new albums at the gallery… Was able to catch Sinag – fronted by God’s Will (that’s his name) from Batangas – someone I heard once on the radio and was greatly impressed; Sino Sikat? – with an new hataw bassist, but I’m not sure if he’s just a sessionist; Typecast – nakilala naman ako ni Melvin, buhayin daw ang Holding Hands; and Up Dharma Downlupit talaga ng bago nilang kanta. Warehouse 135 is reminiscent of “clubs” in the U.S., it’s great and all, but forget drinking unless you’re willing to pay the equivalent of 2 liters of gas for a bottle of beer. I almost ran out of “film” so here’ the best I could do.

Julia Fordham concert Philippines

Manila and Cebu

Brisith Julia Fordham, the one who gave us such bentang-benta-sa-Pinoy hits like Love Moves In Mysterious Ways and Invisible War, is set to re-visit us this February. Most probably to get the ball rolling for Valentine-junkies. I’m pretty sure she’s been here more than twice already, evident from her releasing a Philippines-only album entitled “Songbook.”

Anyway, just to get this out of the way here are the dates, times and venues: February 8 (Friday), 6:30 p.m. at the Alabang Town Center, February 9 (Saturday), 7:00 p.m. at TriNoma, February 10 (Sunday), 7:00 p.m. at Glorietta, and February 13 (Wednesday), 6:30 p.m. at Ayala Center in Cebu. Since these are Ayala Malls shows, they are free but reservations are required for good seats. Just Google “Ayala Malls” for contact numbers.

Ne-Yo concert Philippines

I just want to get two more upcoming Manila concerts out of the way to get my work done. Ne-Yo on this post, and later, Julia Fordham. I know they’re not really consistent with my usual musical preference but this blog lives on such posts. First off, Ne-Yo. I do prefer this one over the recently held Akon concert. Ne-Yo (or Neyo?) has some really swabe tunes.

Smooth-ass R&B dude Ne-Yo is staging a one-night concert at the Araneta Coliseum on February 29, 2008. Show starts 8:00 p.m. Tickets are priced at Php 4,569 for Patron VIP, Php 3,570 for regular Patron, Php 3,570 for Lower Box, Php 1,943 for Upper Box A, Php 893 for Upper Box B, and Php 578 for General Admission. Only Upper Box B and General Admission are non-reserved (free seating) tickets.

I believe there are also uber-limited VIP tickets selling for Php 7,500 and 10,000. just don’t quote me on these. Tickets via TicketNet – SM Malls, wwwiticketnet.com.ph, 374-2222 or 374-9999.