Words by: Manila Concert Scene
Last January 12, Nick Santino (the former A Rocket to The Moon frontman) and The Northern Wind, This Century and The Maine graced Manila with their own brand of pop punk for their last leg of the 8123 Tour at the SM North Edsa Skydome.
The 8123 Tour is the fourth headlining concert tour by the American rock band The Maine, in support of their fourth studio album Forever Halloween which was released last year. The tour currently consisted of 37 shows in North America and The Philippines being the only Asian country in the mix.
The tour, which kicked off at a free hometown show at Tempe Marketplace in Tempe, Arizona was independently put on by The Maine's management team, 81 Twenty Three. The tour line-up consists of headliner The Maine, their management-mates This Century, and fellow music business friends Nick Santino and The Northern Wind. The tour covered 38 dates over 37 North American cities with a special stop at the Philippines.
It was a full house of the young and the young at heart as the Philippine leg was the final celebratory gig before they wrapped up the tour. Everyone was excited to hear old and new songs of the bands and true enough they didn’t let their fans down.
The former A Rocket to the Moon front man, Nick Santino opened the concert alongside his band The Northern Wind threshing out hits and crowd favorites such as Call It All Home, If Only They Knew, Wild & Free, Whole Lotta You, Baby Blue Eyes, If I'm Gonna Fall In Love, Dakota, Give a Damn, Annabelle, Like We Used To and Mr. Right. With just this to start off the night, the crowd could not contain their excitement for what was going to happen next. Clearly, it was just all going to get crazier, wilder and better.
Second to the stage, was the all American pop rock band This Century. The Action Theory signed band members Joel Kanitz, Ryan Gose, Sean Silverman, and Alex Silverman were so pumped to get the crowd moving! By this point, the crowd really goes berserk! The sold out show ‘s crowd screamed and cheered with excitement as the band played some of their hits such as Hopeful Romantic, Tip Toe, Skeletons, To Love and Back, Everywhere Everything, Bleach Blonde, Slow Dance Night and Sound of Fire.
And lastly but surely not the least, The Maine finally takes the stage! The Arizona based band played most of their hits while throwing in a cover or two such as: Love & Drugs, Misery, Inside of You, We All Roll Along, Into Your Arms, Right Girl, Happy, Some Days, Kennedy Curse, My Heroine, These Four Words, Whoever She Is, Identify, Girls Just Want to Have Fun (Cyndi Lauper cover), Count 'Em One, Two, Three, Like We Did (Windows Down) and We'll All Be..
In the middle of their set, a lucky crowd member was brought up on stage by John and was given one of the best gifts a true fan of the band could’ve only dreamed of. The whole crowd joined in wishing the lucky girl a Happy 18th Birthday.
It was truly a wonderful night for everyone. Hopefully, it’s not the last we see of the boy from The Maine, This Century and Nick Santino and The Northern Wind.