Richard Marx Live in Manila delights fans with favorite 80s and 90s hits

One of the most successful, most enduring musician and Grammy-winning American singer-songwriter-producer, Richard Marx performed to his adoring Pinoy fans once again for the second leg of “Richard Marx – The Solo Tour Live in Manila” that was recently held at the Kia Theatre in Cubao, Quezon City.

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Before Manila, Richard serenaded his Malaysian fans at his well-received show in Kuala Lumpur. The singer last performed in the country in 2011 at the Araneta Coliseum. He also made a guest appearance and interview at “Tonight with Boy Abunda” a day before the show.

Timeless hits

Whenever Richard Marx’ name is mentioned, anyone will immediately think of his timeless hits from his almost three decade career in music such as “Now and Forever,” Right Here Waiting,” “Hold On to the Night,” “Should Have Known Better,” “Don’t Mean Nothing,” and many more. These are the kind of songs that anyone won’t ever forget despite how the time changes. Never a day passes by that not one of his songs can be heard playing over the radio, which are also among the favorites of disc jockeys.

Richard Marx with “Now and Forever,” video by dang baldonado.

I was delighted when I found out a few days before the day that I can watch the show through the kindness of Ms. Grace Foronda and Midas Productions. I grew up listening to all-time favorites Now and Forever, At the Beginning, Until I Find You Again, and Right Here Waiting that until now I still know the lyrics to these. When he performed the said songs, I just can’t help but sing along together with the crowd.

Nostalgic and relaxed

Listening to Richard Marx always feels nostalgic and relaxed, as if his songs are taking you back to those days when the songs first came out and you’re just captured by purely great songs or what they call the “good old days.”

Richard greeted the excited crowd through the songs “Endless Summer Night” (1988);  summer love song and inspired by his Hawaii trip with former wife Cynthia Rodes, , “Take This Heart” (1992), “Satisfied” (1989 – 2nd of three consecutive #1 on Billboard 100), “Keep Coming Back” (1991) and “Hazard” (1992 – 3rd #1 on Billboard Adult Contemporary chart). It was soon followerd by Chains Around My Heart” (1991) and “Until I Find You Again” (1997).

Richard Marx with “This I Promise You,” video by Kim Lee.

It was a big revelation for me when I found some days before the show that he was behind other iconic hits such as “This I Promise You” (‘N Sync), “Dance With My Father” (co-written with Luther Vandross) and “To Where You Are” (Josh Groban). It’s a different experience to have these songs be performed by their own writer and producer. He even shared an amusing story when he was with ‘N Sync during the recording days of the song.

Special part of the show was when he was joined by his three sons – Brandon (guitar), Lucas (piano) and Jesse (drums) via the big screen where they performed alongside their day to the song “Save Me.” Video below by Mike Pua.

The fans accompanied the tune of “Angelia” with a harmonized clap when his microphone and guitar amplifier got accidently unplug while he was singing. He acknowledged the gesture with a smile after the performance.

And of course, the night could not have been complete without him performing Should Have Known Better, Hold On to the Night, Now and Forever, Right Here Waiting and Don’t Mean Nothing which is his debut single.

Early beginnings

Richard’s awareness on music started at an early age, specially notable was his father’s influence, Dick Marx who was a jazz musician and jingle company founder. When he was teenager, he met Lionel Richie who encouraged him to go to Los Angeles. That’s when he started doing backup vocals and as a songwriter for Richie, Madonna, Whitney Houston and Barbra Streisand.

He also collaborated with the likes of Kenny Rogers, Eagles, Chicago and David Foster until he was discovered by Bruce Lundvall of EMI/Manhattan Records and eventually released his self-titled debut album. Now, Richard is still the only artist in music history whose first seven singles made it to the top 5 of Billboard charts.

Official music video of Richard Marx’s “Beautiful Goodbye” in the video below.

Richard also released an all-original 11-track album called “Beautiful Goodbye” (2014) featuring the songs ang “Whatever We Started,” “Suddenly,” “Inside,” “Beautiful Goodbye,” “Forgot to Remember,” “Turn Off the Night,” “Have A Little Faith,” “Like the World is Ending,” “To My Senses,” “Getaway” at “Eyes on Me” and bonus tracks “Just Go” and “Moscow Calling” and now available via Amazon Music, iTunes and Target.

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