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A Grand Romantic Night with Nate Ruess

At last, American singer-songwriter Nate Ruess has arrived in the Philippines, we felt nothing but love and admiration over the former lead vocalist of the Grammy award-winning American indie-pop/alternative-rock band Fun. IƱigo Pascual front acts for the show.

“What’s up Manila? I’ve always wanted to go to Manila. This is the first time,” greets Nate Ruess to his rejoicing Pinoy fans.

Nate Ruess’ one night stopover is a great way to start the year, proving his ability to rock in front of his Filipino fans and invade their souls with music. Nate opened with the “Great Big Storm,” a melancholic new song from his debut solo album Grand Romantic following his first single "Nothing Without Love" and "AhHa." The song tackles despair and self-struggle lyrically while we felt only joy watching him live.

His dance moves were contagious. “Carry On,” “Nothing Without Love” and “We are Young” are three of the most recognizable songs and highlights of his performances that fans had been waiting for to be performed.

The band also has an outstanding orchestrations, they created a smashing connection with the audience all throughout the concert. We are impressed with their pop rock influences that makes us all a congregation of Nate.

“Give me a second to compose myself, I am so freakin’ excited to be here. This is freakin’ crazy, I never thought I’d get to come here and I’ve always wanted to come like on a vacation. Now I’d got to come and perform infront of you guys. So thank you,” continues Nate as he introduces his next popular song, “Just Give Me A Reason.” I remember this song has gone viral here in the Philippines. I, myself experienced an all week LSS with this heavy song. It’s music video also became viral on Facebook.

Today, it has less than 500M views on You Tube, a song Nate originally collaborated and co-wrote with American pop star Pink. With this song, he got everyone in the theater to sing with him. It’s like a duet with the audience and I’ve never seen anything like it. It signifies how this song has captured the hearts of the Filipino audience.

Nate Ruess had a chance to share some random facts about his love for sports specially golf and basketball. “Let me talk a couple of things. I wanna talk about the PBA finals. Now seriously, I’m obssessed with basketball and one of the things that I knew about the Philippines is all about basketball. Basketball and golf are the two things I actually care about. So If you need someone to sing for the Philippine national singing team, think of me,” says Nate providing the fans more incredibly fun details.

The band pulled off more songs from the new record and a better lively non-stop moves. Other songs include: "Light My Fire," "Let's Go Crazy," "Oceans," "What This World," "Rocketman," and "Harsh Light." I love Nate’s convincing moments with the audience to sing with him all the “la la's and “na na” harmonies.

The show ended strong, “We will do one more song and I wanna come back soon. Hope you guys have a beautiful evening and until next time but before next time we better get it all out, okay? I love you Manila!” tells Ruess as encore “Snails” and “Some Nights,” this song hold more upbeat and full boundless energies. “Some Nights” hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and has also won in the 2013 Grammys.

Nate Ruess live in Manila has been a powerhouse and definitely an empowering one to those yuppies like me in order to finish a week of a hard days work. He won not only the rock crowd over at Kia Theather but also our hearts and soul as we appreciate Nate vocal theatrics, musicality and style. Indeed, it’s a great and a grand romantic night with Nate Ruess! Nate Ruess Live in Manila is presented by Wilbros Live.

Tom Jones set to perform in Manila on April 2 at Smart Araneta Coliseum

The powerful vocals behind “It’s Not Unusual,” “Help Yourself,” “Delilah” and many other hits will sweep the concert scene when singer Tom Jones hits Manila for a live performance on April 2, 2016 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City.. 

Live Nation and Ovation Productions are bringing to Manila one of the most enduring personalities in the music entertainment industry whose unique vocal power, talent and charisma have endeared him to hundreds of millions of music lovers all over the world.

Titled “Tom Jones Live in Manila,” the event will showcase an exciting spectrum of genres ranging from pop to rock and country to rhythm and blues through a breathtaking array of songs made famous by one of the best-selling male singers and artists of all time during a successful musical and entertainment career spanning more than 40 years.

It will spotlight the outstanding talent and brilliance of a musician who, at 75, still exudes an enduring appeal and charm as he awes audiences with his perfect-pitch voice that can effortlessly shift from baritone to tenor.

The Welsh singer continues to add more accomplishments to his roster. In September, 2015, he announced the release of his new album, “Long Lost Suitcase.” This followed his previous albums, “Praise & Blame” (2010) and “Spirit InThe Room” (2012), for which he received some of the best reviews of his career.

The new album’s track titles are meshed into the chapters of his autobiography, “Over The Top And Back,” which was released at the same time.

Tom Jones’ other hugely popular hits are: “Green Green Grass of Home”, “What’s New Pussycat?”, “Love Me Tonight”, “I Who Have Nothing”, “Kiss”, and “Sex Bomb”, among many others.

Today Tom Jones continues to enjoy a consistent international touring schedule. He has managed to grow and sustain his career like few others in the pop music industry. His unique voice is recognized worldwide and his live shows continue to draw multitudes wherever he performs.

(“Tom Jones Live In Manila 2016” is presented by Live Nation and Ovation Productions. Tickets are available at regular TicketNet outlets and online at For more info, call 532-8883)

Raving about The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Live In Manila: 'Don't You Fake It' Tour

It is a night full of pop rock nostalgia as The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus performs all of the songs off their debut record, Don't You Fake It, in line with the 10th year anniversary since its release in 2006 in the Philippines. With three tour dates lined up from January 14-16 in SM City Fairview, SM City North EDSA Skydome and SM Seaside City Cebu, respectively, the Filipino fans are up for a major treat.

Here's the breakdown of all the tracks from the album that will take us all back on a trip down memory lane:

Track 1. In Fate's Hands

With lyrics that goes like "I remember a year ago I was standing in the crowd, waiting for my chance to break through, my chance to live again. Now it seems I've found some friends who finally understand what it takes to make this dream come true, we'll be there till the end." it is like a promise of greater things ahead.

Track 2. Waiting

Their lyrics is one of their strongest points and this melodic track showed Ronnie's impressive vocals as well.

Track 3. False Pretense

This song is featured in the movie Never Back Down and also one of the singles making it one of the songs that got the crowd going.

Josh Burke showing off his guitar riffs

Track 4. Face Down

With domestic abuse as its theme and the catchy rhythm that this song apparently has, one cannot just resist but sing along. It is also one of their widely known songs worldwide.

Track 5. Misery Loves Its Company

"Beat but I'm not broken, guide me with your hand, lead me with your words spoken, show me how to listen. Let the light shine through me. Take this hate I can't release. Help me make the blind see. Misery loves its company."

Fun fact: This song is included in the Saw IV soundtrack.

Track 6. Cat and Mouse

The first ballad in the album. "You said that you would die for me but you must live for me, too." must be one of the iconic lines that clearly depicts the kind of relationship that is being implied in the song.

Track 7. Damn Regret

That feeling of regretting something but still pushing on with the charade. The crowd went wild, jamming along with this track.

Track 8. Atrophy

"They've sold you 
everything you need to fix you up 
and you feel good now but you can't wake up 
they found a way to reassure you 
that everything would be okay
reach out today now I emplore you 
to remember who you are."
A reminder to keep your focus to prevent your life from wasting away.

Randy Winter

Track 9. Seventeen Ain't So Sweet

"No one can stop you if you try
Point of rhythm is to follow it in time
To listen to the beating in your mind
Remember if you seek then you shall find.."

You are still young and the world is in your hands. Be not afraid to try to reach for your dreams.

Track 10. Justify

"See the Fake, everyday shaking hands of men, promising the end 
Hear Him speak of all the things that we need to hear, to adhere. "
One of their most sincere songs off the record, if one will listen closely. It's meaning may be subjective but it will make you think and reassess your life at some point.

Track 11. Your Guardian Angel

You would know what song is up next when all the phones and devices are up in the air. Your Guardian Angel is indeed the hands down favorite in the place. It even charted for quite some time on local radio stations/charts back in the day. It still has not lost its charm up to now, appealing to the sentimental being in all of us. What's even more endearing is that the band is joined by Ronnie Winter's wife as they perform this song and they even share a sweet kiss prior to the heartfelt performance. The band also added (and individually voted) on their interview after the show that ‘You Guardian Angel’ is the song for their Filipino fans.

"Our favorite place to play is here with you guys in the Philippines" - Ronnie Winter

Track 12. The Grim Goodbye

"And I've tried just to separate dreams from reality 
Try to satisfy this wanting, 
Try to stay righteous, try to stay sober, 
but then, I can't win."

The whole fate thing went in full circle with this track. Moreover, the song has started heavy and emotional leading to a rather climactic ending and it offers a lot of potential, musically, to what RJA's sound should really be about back then.


The band has been very vocal about the Philippines being their favorite place to perform, in addition to Ronnie Winter's wife being half-Filipina that makes the tour even more special. They covered an old hit "Bakit Ba Ganiyan" with his wife on lead vocals.

They ended the night with Am I The Enemy from their second album of the same name as a bonus to all the fans.

Ronnie Winter teased the Filipino fans about their next album. 2017 will be their year to record and it is entitled "The Awakening". 

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus is composed of siblings Ronnie Winter (guitar and lead vocals) and Randy Winter (guitar, scream and second vocals), Josh Burke (lead guitar), Joey Westwood (bass) and John Espy (drums). There have been line-up changes since but the band has been together for 13 years. In celebration of the 10th anniversary of their debut record (released in July 18, 2006), the Don't You Fake It Tour is presented by SM Supermalls and Pulp Live World.

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Photo Credit: Caren Gudiaga