VJP Year-ender Special: The Thrill of Watching Concerts

I love going to concerts, be it local or foreign acts, as long as I have the means expect me to be there. There is something extremely thrilling and magical about seeing a singer or a band – especially if it’s your favorite one – owning and rocking the stage by singing songs that can evoke different emotions, remind you of someone or a memory, takes you to another place and time, or speak the words you can’t say. 


There are no words to describe the experience of finding a good spot in the sea of people trooping to watch a rock show – screaming and jumping with fist in the air — or making your way to the reserved seat and seeing that you have a good view of the artist, singing along, anticipating the next song, clapping at the first few notes because that’s your favorite song being played right there.


At the start of 2015, I told myself that I am going to watch as many concerts as I could. It helps that my job allows me to watch concerts for free through invites but there are times when I do not mind shelling out my own money just to see an artist sing live, alongside, is the hope that a favorite song will be included in the set list.

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The music goes on and on for The Dawn

Hardcore fans of Pinoy rock icon The Dawn came in droves to witness the band relive the songs that catapulted them as a legend in the Philippine music scene in their “Landmarks” concert held at the Music Museum on August 8.

The Dawn Landmarks (1)

Anticipation and excitement were in the air as the fans waited for the show to start and the band members to come out on stage. And when the first few notes were heard and the spotlight was on Jett Pangan (vocals), Buddy Zabala (bass), JB Leonor (drums), and Sancho (guitars) with Leni Llapitan of Identity Crisis (keyboards), the crowd knew that they were in for a nostalgic ride back in the ‘80s.

The audience was never disappointed from the moment The Dawn opened the night by singing “Alam Ko, Alam Niyo,” from their 4th album “Heart’s Thunder” released in 1990. Listening to the first few lines of the song, everyone knew what the concert was all about – that more than a trip down memory lane is the resounding fact that the band, its music, and the fans are still together in this great musical journey almost three decades after.

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