Friday, June 13, 2014

Shane Filan Back In Manila

Words by Ava Sharra Sumortin
Photos by Kris Rocha

Almost eight months ago, Shane Filan visited the Philippines for his memorable Everything to Me Promo Tour. He also released his first solo album, You and Me, last November. After his successful U.K. and Ireland You and Me Tour, he will have the Asian leg of his tour. Fortunately, Manila is one of the places included. Rejoice, Shane Filan fans!

In time for the announcement of his concert, Shane is back in Manila. For his second visit as a solo artist, he delighted fans for an album signing event. The event was held on Monday, June 9, at the SM Megamall Mega Atrium.

Shane also sat down with the members of the media wherein he talked about going solo, his new album, and his upcoming concert in our country.

He was very vocal about loving his visits to the Philippines, which is because of the warm welcome that he always receives from his Filipino fans. It is obvious that he really gives his heart in his performances because when asked his favorite tracks from his album, he enumerated songs that he enjoys performing on stage.

He mentioned that going solo is very hard since he spent half of his life with the rest of the Westlife lads. As a solo artist, the whole process of making an album and touring are completely different.

We know that Shane has achieved a lot in his personal life (a husband and a father of three kids) and as an artist (because we are all familiar with Westlife songs, I bet!), but is there anything else that he would still want to attain? "Keep singing," he said. He would want to release more albums and hits.

Undeniably, Shane is someone who prioritizes his family. Through all the disappointments that he has experienced, he realized a lot of things. He expressed that in his album, most of his songs are upbeat because he wanted to feel happy. He also explained that "Everything to Me" is very special to him. It is not only because it is his first single (just like "Swear It Again" will always be special to Westlife) but also because it reminds him that his loved ones are the most important people in his life.

On October 1, fans will be able to experience a show that is entirely Shane Filan. Shane is very proud of his talented band that backs him up on his tour. According to him, he will be singing Westlife hits and of course, songs from his solo album. Also, expect a lot of sing-along moments. He definitely knows the Filipino audience!

Shane Filan You & Me Tour Live in Manila 2014 is presented by Midas Promotions. The show will be held on October 1 at the World Trade Center Manila. Tickets will be on sale through SM Tickets, Ticketnet, and TicketWorld outlets/online starting June 16.


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