AFTER a sold-out concert in June, Filipino rock band Mayonnaise is reprising its Akalain Mo ’Yun concert in September due to insistent public demand, according to the band’s frontman.
“A repeat concert was a no-brainer when we realized that we sold out the first one… we were surprised with the demand of the tickets,” Monty Macalino, the band’s frontman and songwriter, told reporters during an Aug. 7 press conference at the El Calle Food and Music Hall in Resorts World Manila, Pasay City.
He explained that during their first major concert in June — also at the Music Museum at the Greenhills Shopping Center in San Juan — many of their fans went to the theater’s box office thinking they could get tickets on-site not knowing that the tickets had sold out days before. Mr. Macalino said that this reprise is for the fans who weren’t able to attend the first one and for those who want to see it all again.
“This event is for our fans and for music enthusiasts that were influenced by us,” he said.
Mayonnaise first burst into the music scene in 2002 and took their name from the song “Mayonnaise” (1993) by American alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins. Two years later they became a mainstream act after winning the 2004 Red Horse Muziklaban, a “battle of the bands.”
In the same year, they launched their self-titled debut album under independent label, VAMP Records, distributed by Sony Music. The album spawned hits like “Jopay,” which remains the band’s most popular song in their discography.
Other songs the band is known for are “Bakit Part 2,” “Tayo na lang Dalawa,” “Paraan,” and “Kathryn.”
More than a decade and several lineup changes later, Mayonnaise remains as a fixture in the Philippine music scene as Mr. Macalino said that “we’re staying no matter if Mayonnaise becomes successful or not because I will keep writing songs.”
The current band lineup includes Mr. Macalino, Shan Regalado (percussion and drums), Carlo Servano (lead and rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Nikki Tirona (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Keano Swing (rhythm guitar, backing vocals).
The concert will feature their greatest hits and songs that their fans requested them to sing.
“We have a Viber group with our fans and they asked us why we didn’t sing certain songs during the first concert,” Mr. Macalino said.
They will once again be collaborating with the Manila String Machine, a stringed musical ensemble, that Mr. Macalino praised for their arrangement of Mayonnaise songs.
They will also be joined onstage by Barbie Almalbis, Champ Lui Pio of Hale, and I Belong to the Zoo.
“Expect a good show. We did mix up the set list to make things different this time around,” he said.
Akalain Mo ’Yun Part 2 will be on Sept. 7, 7:30 p.m., at the Music Museum. Tickets are available via bit.ly/AkalainMoYun2019 and ktx.abs-cbn.com or by contacting Music Museum at 721-0635 or 721-6726. — Zsarlene B. Chua