Words by Manila Concert Scene
Dia’s success in Asia led the inspired artist to tour the region alongside her sister, Meg, and her Filipino bandmate/guitarist, Carlo Gimenez. The trio, who have been together for many years pre-Voice as members of the band Meg & Dia, start off their Asian tour in the Philippines, where they were welcomed by adoring fans.
After the brothers bowed and smiled their way out of the stage, cheers drowned the venue as Dia, Meg, and Carlo took their places and greeted the audience who were either star-struck or busy taking pictures of their idols. It was surprising to see how Dia – who looked tensed most of the time during her stay on The Voice – felt very much at home in the café. She chatted with her bandmates and fans like all of them have known each other since forever, walking around the perimeter of the stage barefoot.
Meg & Dia’s first song of the night was “Kick the Chair”. Since Kid Cudi was not there to rap, Dia took it upon herself to do the job, which earned her much applause. The duo followed it up with hits from Dia’s album Red, “Walk Away”, “Trapeze”, and “Daniel”, all of which have lyrics that stir emotions through vivid imagery – a testament to Dia’s skills as a writer and the sisters’ love of literature.
Of course, the Meg & Dia concert will not be complete without a performance of songs that catapulted Dia to be a fan favorite on The Voice. Dia showed that her voice has both subtlety and power with Kanye West’s “Heartless” and had the crowd clapping along in R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion”. Dia also sang her original song from The Voice, “Inventing Shadows”, with Meg adding to the vocals that made the song more haunting and compelling to the ears.
15 songs, including encore performances of crowd favorites “Monster” and “Broken Ones”, were definitely worth the wait for those who love Meg and Dia. They may be moving on to the next leg of their Asian tour that will take place in Malaysia, but they will be leaving their Filipino fans smiling and hoping to hear fresh, new songs from the insanely talented sisters.