Timeless Concert with Gerry and The Pacemakers, The Tremeloes’ Chip Hawkes in Manila
Written by Kevin Pableo
Edited by Jamie Ortega
DMC Philippines and Clear Channels Events brought to Manila the one of the biggest rock and roll band of the 60s, Gerry and The Pacemakers. The British beat group performed at two local venues, the Waterfront Hotel Cebu – Lahug on August 5, 2011 and the PICC Plenary Hall on August 6, 2011.
The Bloomfields, a band known for covering popular hits from the 60’s and 70’s kicked off a night filled with lively nostalgia. The band performed Beatles hits like “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, and “I Saw Her Standing There”. A notable moment was when Rocky Callado, the drummer of the band, performed a drum solo. Before their last song, “Hey Jude,” the band requested everyone present to sing the last part of the song, setting the mood for the night ahead.
What would a classic concert be without the legendary Ramon “RJ” Jacinto? Dullsville, for sure. After the Bloomfields the legendary rock singer grabbed the mike, rocking classic 60’s hits like “Surfin In The USA” a performance which roused the audience from their seats.
Then it was time for Gerry And The Pacemakers. The band revealed how excited they were, because it was their first time to perform in Manila. Chip Hawkes, the former bassist/vocalist of the band The Tremeloes also made a special appearance, entertaining the audience with his rendition of The Beatles’ classic hit “Twist and Shout”, “There Comes My Baby”, “Do You Love Me” , etc. Oldies but goodies indeed!
A highlight of the show was when Gerry Marsden talked about his love story which he used as inspiration to write their hit single “Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying.” The band, who possesses the distinction of being the first act to reach number one in the UK singles chart with their first three singles, did not disappointment as they regaled the audience with tunes like It’s Gonna Be Alright” “How Do You Do It”, “I Like It”, “Ferry Cross The Mersey”, and “You’ll Never Walk Alone”.
Gerry acknowledged the presence of the former first lady, Ms. Imelda Marcos, who sat at the front row of the Plenary Hall. Amongst a sea of songs it was one tune that stood out and that was what the band used for their encore. “You’ll Never Walk Alone” reverberated through the walls of the PICC Plenary Hall, musical proof that songs, no matter how many days, years or centuries pass, will always have the power to evoke memories we will keep for the rest of our lives.
The show ended at 11:30pm.Aside from the former First Lady Puerto Princesa city mayor Edward Hagedorn, TV/radio hosts Ms Cory Quirino and former first lady Ms. Imelda Marcos were other notable personalities present at the said concert.
Special thanks to DMC Philippines and Clear Channels for allowing us to cover the event and to Gerry And The Pacemakers and Chip Hawkes of The Tremeloes here in the Philippines for making us wistfully smile the whole night!
Did you know that Gerry and The Pacemakers and the Beatles share the same manager? We’re talking about the legendary Brian Epstein.
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