Words by Mafe Bongalon
Photos by Kris Rocha
"Raise your hands, this is our party!” BEST CONCERT PARTY EVER!
That was really one heck of a party, as Grammy Award winning duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis took the Philippine stage last March 16, 2014 at the Mall Of Asia Arena!
The most awaited performance took the stage for the first time following their three front acts: Those Damn Nerds, Mars Miranda and Fil-Am rap act The Bar (short for Barkada) - who definitely got the crowd in the mood.
The crowd went wild as Macklemore and Ryan Lewis started the show with "Ten Thousand Hours." The crowd was so pumped as they jumped, danced, sang, screamed for the duo!
In between songs Macklemore would share stories about his road to success. He said that he was making music since he was very young and struggled all through out before reaching this big. The audience were surprised when Macklemore said that he had visited the Philippines when he was 19 years old. He then gave a hint that he will be staying for few more days in the country after the show. He said he will not let this opportunity of being here for the second time pass by and wanted to explore the beauty of the country more… and to visit thrift shops in Manila! That gave the cue and they performed their Grammy award winning hit "THRIFT SHOP!"
Macklemore is such an inspiration as he shared to the people with all honesty that he had suffered from substance abuse and went to rehab. Ryan Lewis played a big part in his life as he got sober when he met him. He really is thankful for all of their fans for all the support that they're receiving.
The crowd was full of energy and sang all through out the show. Everyone raised their hands as they sang the chorus on the song “Same Love," the song that started a movement for LGBT rights. Some were really dedicated and were screaming out even the rap lines! Before the song came to its end, the venue was filled with people singing and raising one finger up in the air! It was magical!
The party just got hotter as the beat dropped for “Cant Hold Us”. People started jumping up and down, dancing as Macklemore and Ryan performed one of their best hits! Ray Dalton was amazing and was joined by the crowd in singing the chorus. One of the best moments of the night happened on this song as it wouldn't be complete if Macklemore will not crowd surf! An so he did and the whole arena just went nuts! It was surreal!
The people danced so hard to "And We Danced" while Macklemore was wearing his wildest wig. This is definitely one of the best concert parties ever, as all were full of energy dancing to the duo’s masterpieces from start to end.
During the encore, the duo performed "Cant Hold Us" for the second time! The perfect song to end the show! The crowd expected another crowd surf… and there it was, Macklemore one with the crowd! Macklemore and Ryan Lewis gave their best while the Philippine flag is being waved on stage… a performance wrapped by the crowd screaming for MORE… or was that MackleMORE?!
This truly is a memorable moment and experience. Macklemore even said that this Manila concert is the best on their world tour!
Some still got the hangover after the concert! We sure are looking forward to the next! Until then, let’s all cherish the energy and momentum brought to us by today's hottest hip hop duo in the world! We can’t wait to see these guys again soon!
To Macklemore and Ryan Lewis: Thank you for giving us an unforgettable epic concert party!
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Live in Manila was presented by Concertus Manila.
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