Photos by Kris Rocha
In the midst of the press con, a young fellow approached the microphone and asked the band something that was of interest to everyone in the room. ‘Why only now?’ he asks. Why only now, did you, the guys of Phoenix, decide to come to Manila? The room quiets down as Thomas Mars clears his throat and simply replies with a reasoning that was reminiscent of his wife, Sofia Coppola’s brand of dramatic brevity. ‘Because we’ve been practicing (for more than 12 years) for this show.’
The room explodes in to giggles, trying to keep cool but in truth dying inside to see them play already the following day.
Concert day arrives and as early as 4:30-5:00 in the afternoon, lines started to form at the World Trade Center. It was a convention of Oxfords, Slim Cut jeans and Doc Marten boots and brogues for men while the girls rocked their leather jackets (thanks to the cool climate), flower crowns or let down their rainbow colored hair.
Everyone was wondering who would open for the band but no one was mentioned in any of the promotional material posted and shared online, on tv or radio. It was just the band and that was it. (No need for small talk, let’s just get down to business.) As everyone settled in to their places, a drink in hand or their go-Pros ready for some crazy documentation, the lights dim and as they’d say Phoenix arises from the ashes.
Thomas Mars then screams, ‘Manila, do you want more?’ You bet they did. He asks one more time, ‘Manila, do you want more?’ In unison, the crowd screams as if they were about to meet their Maker. Yes. They wanted more.
Now it all makes sense. The question raised a day before the concert, ‘Why only now?’ was answered – Not with words but with a concert Manila won’t be forgetting anytime soon.
Karpos Multimedia Inc. has definitely set the bar high for concerts this year. We definitely can’t wait for this year’s Wanderland Festival.