THE AMERICAN pop and rock band Boyce Avenue, known for its cover songs, is back in the Philippines for a series of shows with stops in Pangasinan, Cebu, Davao, and finally, Manila this Valentine’s weekend.
“Over the last 11 years — the very first time we ever played here was February 2009 — we had no idea what to expect [at first] but thousands of people showed up and ever since almost [every] year, or every other year we’ve come back and the people have always come back and show [us] so much love,” Alejandro Luis Manzano, the band’s lead vocals, said during a press conference on Feb. 11 at the Novotel Manila Araneta Hotel in Quezon City.
The three-piece band, composed of Mr. Manzano and his brothers Daniel Enrique (bass, percussion, and vocals) and Fabian Miguel (guitar and vocals), started out in 2004 at their hometown of Sarasota, Florida and gained fame in 2007 after they started posting cover songs and original songs on YouTube. The band currently has 13.5 million subscribers on the platform and almost five billion views across 379 videos.
Their most viewed video to date is their 2013 cover of Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” at 203 million, followed by the 2015 cover of Ed Sheeran’s “Photograph” at 202 million.
“Part of what makes us unique is the consistency, even on our YouTube channel. There’s been a lot of people that maybe will change certain things up, and I do feel like there has been an evolution [with our music], but at the root of it it’s been about the emotion, the lyrics, the melodies, that kind of stuff… so every time we come here we’re to bring that to the fans,” Mr. Miguel said, adding that their shows will always be about timeless classics and their originals.
And because they’ve come to the country so many times in the past decade, the band said that it’s become almost a tradition for them to perform in the Philippines for Valentine’s Day.
“I think part of the reason we’ve done so well in the Philippines is because the people here love different kinds of music,” Mr. Miguel said, noting that while Filipinos love their own music, they listen to a variety of music from different countries.
Boyce Avenue was joined by Filipino singer Top Suzara and This Band for the Feb. 12 Pangasinan stop at the Calasiao Sports Complex. December Avenue and I Belong to the Zoo join the band for its Feb. 14 stop at the Waterfront Cebu Hotel Ballroom in Cebu, the Feb. 15 show at the SMX Convenion Center in Davao, and the Feb. 16 performance at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.
Tickets to the Boyce Avenue concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum are available via Ticketnet.com. Tickets range in price from P840 to P5,250. — Zsarlene B. Chua