Wednesday, October 23, 2013


Words by Ava Sharra Sumortin
Photos by Kris Rocha

“Hey, now, you're an all star, ___________________. Hey, now, you're a rock star, ___________________. And all that glitters is gold. ___________________.”
“Someday, when my life has passed me by,  ___________________.”
“Tomorrow we can drive around this town  ___________________. The past is gone, but something might be found to take its place. ___________________.”

There are just some songs or decades that are unforgettable. If you know the hits of the 90s, you can fill in the blanks. You were probably singing while reading the lyrics, too.
SugarSmashGin is neither a new food craze nor a new alcoholic cocktail (fortunately); it’s a throwback. Last Monday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, and Gin Blossoms reminded us that music from alternative rock bands endure.

Before the sets of these three groups, Color It Red was on stage. Their cover of Juan dela Cruz Band's “Beep Beep” showed how Cookie Chua's vocals are definitely one of the best in OPM.
Smash Mouth then kicked off their set with “Everyday Superhero.” Steve Harwell and the band played songs from their latest album as well as their hits. The electrifying drum solo by the undeniably talented Justin Sutter was the highlight for me. The crowd was on their feet after that solo. “Walkin’ on the Sun,” “You Really Got Me,” “I’m a Believer,” and “All Star” wrapped up Smash Mouth’s performance.

Sugar Ray was the second band to perform. They started with a new song called “Summertime’s Coming.” They followed it with hits like “Someday” and “Every Morning.” Frontman Mark McGrath said that when they wrote their songs, they never thought that people on the other side of the world would also relate to them. He also shared a lot of funny and entertaining stories to introduce their songs. He invited the crowd to drunk tweet him before performing “Answer the Phone.” The story behind the song “When It’s Over” is quite tragic because it was about a girl that cheated on him. McGrath said that this song was about unconditional love. Since Filipinos are known to love karaoke, McGrath invited two people from the crowd to sing on stage. The guys, of course, entertained the coliseum with their singing and dancing skills. The band ended their set with the single that skyrocketed them to fame, “Fly.”

This is Gin Blossoms’ second visit to Manila. They performed last in the show. “Don’t Change for Me” was the first song on their list. While playing this song, Robin Wilson gave his trademark tambourine to a little girl in front of the stage. They dedicated “As Long As It Matters” to our countrymen that were affected by the earthquake. Never backing down, the crowd was still energetic and sang along with the band. They performed their hits “Hey Jealousy,” “’Till I Hear It from You,” and “Follow You Down.”
Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, and Gin Blossoms are unquestionably rife with talent. Trips to memory lane aren’t always pleasant. Listening to these bands, though, is an exception.

Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray & Gin Blossoms Live in Manila
October 21, 2013 | Smart Araneta Coliseum
Presented by RandomMindsProduction

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