BRITISH-NORWEGIAN pop group A1 is celebrating its 20th anniversary in the industry by going on a reunion tour which includes a stop in the Philippines.
The concert will be held on Oct. 21 at the Kia Theater in Quezon City.
The tour, which kicks off in Singapore a day before the Manila show, will see the band’s original lineup — Ben Adams, Mark Read, Christian Ingebrigtsen, and Paul Marazzi — sing the hits which made A1 a huge hit in the UK and Southeast Asia.
The reunion tour will also the first tour Mr. Marazzi will be doing with his bandmates after leaving the band due to personal reasons in 2002.
“We’re unbelievably excited that Paul will be joining us again and bringing the original line up of A1 together for the very first time in nearly 15 years, as we approach the 20th anniversary of when we released our first single and album Here We Come,” said the band in a press release.
“There was always an amazing dynamic and energy when the four of us performed together. So what better place to bring that magic back than to the part of the world that has always embraced us with such incredible love and support, Southeast Asia, more specifically, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Singapore. We absolutely cannot wait to see our friends and fans over there once again and bring them a show that will remind us of all the great times we had together. It will surely be a show to remember and not to be missed,” the band added.
A1 had its first breakthrough in the UK in 1999 with a collection of hit singles from its debut album, Here We Come including “Caught in the Middle,” “Same Old Brand New You,” and a cover of the A-Ha classic, “Take on Me.”
The band also achieved huge success in the UK, Europe, and across Asia, bagging a Brit Award for Best British Breakthrough Act in 2001.
A1 has so far accumulated over 10 million record sales worldwide.
In 2002, the band members decided to go their separate ways after Mr. Marazzi left the group, but in 2009 they decided to reform (without Mr. Marazzi) with the song “Don’t Wanna Lose You Again,” which they entered to represent Norway for the 2010 Eurovision Contest. Despite losing out to Didrik Solli-Tangen’s “My Heart Is Yours,” the new single peaked at top four in the Norwegian Singles chart.
In February 2012, A1 performed with Blue and Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees in The Greatest Hits Tour, which took them to Singapore, the Philippines, and Indonesia. The band returned to the Philippines in November that same year for a benefit show for underprivileged children of Cebu.
The band returned one more time for a two-night concert in Manila and Cebu in October 2016.
The band will once again play in front of a Philippine crowd on Oct. 21 at the Kia Theater in Quezon City. Tickets will go on sale starting noon on June 1. They will be available at all TicketNet outlets. Visit or call 911-5555 for more details. — ZBC