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Sunday, April 5, 2015

[Concert Round-Up] INCUBUS Live In Manila

Words by Kix Suarez
Photos by Kris Rocha


If there was a list of top 10 bands that made a big impact on kids in the late 90s and early 2000s, I doubt not seeing Incubus on it. Let’s be honest here, Incubus was one of the most exciting bands that was not too rock but not too pop as well to have come out after the Spice Girls, Westlife, and other boy/girl band wave. Their sound definitely made pop lovers, alternative junkies and rock and roll brothers agree on something.

Being this their fourth time back in the Philippines it was quite interesting to see that the enthusiasm of their fans were still the same – only this time, their fans were a little bit older. Some coming straight from work in their barongs and long-sleeve shirts while others opt to still give the band shirt, rocker look one more go for old times sake.

It was Friday the 13th, traffic was bad and the air was humid. It was really a lot of bad things seemingly happening all at the same time. That didn’t stop the Generation X, the MTV Generation, Generation Y aka pre-iTunes, YouTube and ipod kids from getting to the Mall of Asia Arena to see the band that has been a part of their life soundtrack.

Lindsey Stirling opened the concert and boy did she not disappoint! Lindsey is an American violinist, dancer, performance artist, and composer. She presents choreographed violin performances, both live and in music videos found on her YouTube channel, Lindsey Stirling, which she introduced in 2007. Her set combined a variety of music styles, from classical to pop and hip-hop to even electronic dance music. Lindset Stirling’s set lasted a good hour which gave the crowd some time to settle in or get pretty sloshed before the main event of the evening.

Lindsey finally finished her set and the crowd went wild. People rushed to the front to get a good view of the band when they get on stage. The countdown appeared on the screen and the band members slowly took to the stage. Brandon Boyd, Mike Einziger, Jose Pasillas, Chris Kilmore and Ben Kenney appeared from backstage and the excitement filled the room.

Incubus started with a crowd favorite, Wish You Were Here and was followed with Anna Molly! Adolescents, came third while Made For TV Movie was made interesting with a snippet of Lionel Richie’s classic hit Hello. Other songs that Boyd and the band performed were Absolute Calling, Vitamin, Dig, Circles, Trust Fall, In The Company Of Wolves, and A Kiss To Send Us Off. The crowd enjoyed the parts when the band would play their old songs. It was difficult to hear one’s self during Nice To Know You, Drive, Pardon Me and Megalomaniac since the crowd screamed the lyrics like an anthem.

The crowd wanted more and more was what they got! The encore consisted of 3 songs, The Warmth was the first they sand and then the killer of feels, I Miss You and ended with A Crow Left Of The Murder.

It was truly an unforgettable night. Thank you to Ovation Productions for making this happen.


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Kris Rocha is a freelance concert, events and portrait photographer.  If she's not in a gig or concert, you will usually find her at home or at Top Hat Studio busy with things she's very passionate about: listening to music, taking pictures and cooking eating her favorite food.  Follow her on Instagram @krisrochaphotography.

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