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Klook x K-pop

A TIE-UP between Klook and Korean pop may appear like an unlikely partnership. One is an online provider of various in-destination services while K-pop is the entertainment genre that has captured the fancy of audiences worldwide.

Concert prices keep rising, fans keep paying

CONCERT ticket prices are going through the roof and not just for the super wealthy who pay thousands of dollars to see the best acts from the front row. Fans of all types are paying more to see their favorite musicians.

Concert supports special needs inclusion

ENJOY MUSIC from artists like Ice Seguerra, the Itchyworms, and more while supporting a worthy cause on Sept. 13 at the Music Museum in Greenhills, San Juan.

Climate change concert set for next weekend

ABS-CBN’s music portal, One Music, is set to organize a musical event which “aims to raise awareness on climate change” on July 27 at the La Mesa Ecopark in Quezon City. The concert will feature singers Maris Racal, Sam Mangubat, and AC Bonifacio.

Sting’s Oct. 2 concert canceled

THE concert of English musician and actor, Sting (Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner), scheduled on Oct. 2 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, has been canceled according to the concert’s local organizers.

Boyzone, signing off

FANS OF 1990s boy bands died a little inside when Boyzone finally said goodbye after more than 25 years of performing and touring. But the group was not about to go out without a bang and delivered what was arguably a fitting finale show where they sang all their greatest hits, leading the entire SM Mall of Asia Arena to reminisce on the period that was.

TWICE the excitement, double the fun

EVEN WITH the deluge of Korean boy bands holding concerts and fan meetings in Manila, there is a dearth of K-pop girl groups performing in some of the biggest venues in the country. The last all-ladies team to stage a concert at the SM MOA Arena was the now-defunct 2NE1, with Sandara Park, in May 2014. Early this year, Momoland had a fan meeting at the Smart Araneta Coliseum while six-member GFRIEND opted for the more intimate New Frontier Theater for its own concert in August 2018.

Sting returns to PHL in October

MULTI-AWARDED English musician Gordon Thomas Matthew Sumner, better known by the mononym, Sting, is coming to Manila to perform in a concert on Oct. 2 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City. This is part of his ongoing international tour, My Songs.

Elton delivers message of tolerance at Montreux

MONTREUX, Switzerland — Elton John made his first and last appearance at the Montreux Jazz Festival on Saturday, delivering a slick and energetic performance that ended with a message of tolerance and love.

Spanish songs, zarzuela with María Bayo

ACCLAIMED Spanish soprano María Bayo will be having a concert tonight, June 25, 7:30 p.m. at the Hyundai Hall in Areté, Ateneo de Manila University.

Jumpin’ Jack Flash Mick Jagger back on stage after heart surgery

MICK JAGGER swaggered back to the stage on Friday in his first concert after undergoing heart surgery in April as the Rolling Stones kicked off a delayed North American tour.

Playdate added to U2 concert stop in Singapore

LEGENDARY rock band U2, known for such hits as “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and “With or Without You,” is coming to Asia for the 30th anniversary of its album, The Joshua Tree.

A concert for the Motherland

PATRIOTIC songs of freedom, love and inspiration will make up the repertoire of Reminiscences, a special concert to commemorate the 121st anniversary of Philippine Independence. Presented by the Ephesus Teatron Group Inc., it will be held on June 11, 7 p.m., and June 12 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City.

The good ol’ days

FOR MANY the 1980s were a decade when people could be themselves, from fashion to culture to music — especially the music. As singer Jett Pangan of rock band The Dawn described, the sounds of the decade had “a nice diversity” and “innocence.”

Twilight rises again, this time as a concert tour

LOS ANGELES — Twilight is coming back from the dead with a live concert that will tour the world.

Zsa Zsa Padilla promises something different for her next concert

VETERAN singer/actress Esperanza “Zsa Zsa” Padilla marks another year in the music industry with a May 16 concert at Resorts World Manila, promising a night where she performs “like never before” by singing hits of the decades in various personas.

After going on international TV, the TNT Boys to tour America...

IN AN EPISODE of The Late Late Show with James Corden, the TNT Boys — 14-year-old Kiefer Sanchez, 12-year-old Francis Concepcion, and 13-year-old Mackie Empuerto — were invited to the show and performed Jennifer Hudson’s “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from the film Dreamgirls. As the boys were performing, pop singer Ariana Grande unexpectedly entered the stage to finish the song with them.

DJ Fatboy Slim performing at Cove Manila

LEGENDARY DJ Fatboy Slim will be performing at Okada Manila’s Cove Manila on April 12, 10:30 p.m.

Rolling Stones delay tour as Jagger seeks medical help

LONDON -- The Rolling Stones have postponed a tour of the United States and Canada to give singer Mick Jagger time to receive medical treatment, the veteran rock band said on Saturday.

Sponge Cola launching 6th album with ‘intimate’ one-night concert

ONE OF the most popular rock bands in the country, Sponge Cola, is set to launch its sixth studio album, Sea of Lights, via an intimate one-night concert on March 29, 7 p.m., at the Power Mac Spotlight, Circuit Makati.

Who’s next? Daltrey, Townshend set for ‘full throttle’ tour, album

LONDON — “I hope I die before I get old,” The Who sang in their 1965 hit “My Generation.”

Lazada’s Super Party concert to be livestreamed

E-COMMERCE site Lazada will livestream its inaugural Super Party music concert on its app simultaneously across all six of its markets in the region, as a way to mark its 7th anniversary.

Celebrating 70 years of Korean-Philippine friendship

THE PHILIPPINES and Korea mark 70 years of diplomatic relations this year and last week celebrated the milestone through a one-of-a-kind “friendship concert.”

MSO plays the Beatles, folk songs, Gershwin

The Silaw Foundation, in cooperation with Far Eastern University, presents the Manila Symphony Orchestra (MSO) in a concert featuring Filipino folk songs, Beatles tunes, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and the Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 2.

Josh Groban: As good as the first time I heard him

I VAGUELY remember my introduction to Josh Groban — I only recall hearing a deep and operatic male voice as a seven-year-old one evening in the master’s bedroom. Out of curiosity, I approached the front of the old stereo system to see what new album was playing. The artwork on the cover was divided horizontally into 2 frames — at the top was the artist’s name in lowercase letters and below was his photo. I couldn’t imagine that a baby-faced young man would sound like that. I flipped the album to read the track list and kept track as the record played each song.

A Valentine from Ogie and Mr. C

FOR SONGWRITERS, experience is an essential ingredient when composing a great love song.

All in the family

ICONIC FILIPINO singers/songwriters and siblings Joey Ayala and Cynthia Alexander, will be performing together back to back on Jan. 27 at the Conspiracy Garden Café in Quezon City.

Traditional Chinese music gets a modern twist

WHENEVER we hear the word “orchestra,” we immediately think of a busload of violins, violas, and cellos. Grace Christian College Chinese Orchestra, or “GC3O” has those, but also incorporates traditional Chinese instruments like the erhu (a two stringed Chinese violin), the pipa (a lute), the guzheng (a zither), and the ever iconic Chinese gong. To further bolster the Eastern appeal, they also have the Japanese koto (a Japanese zither) and the Indonesian anklung among many other instruments. Led by their teacher and conductor Danny Chin, the GC3O combines the power and potential of a Western orchestra with the audial flavors of the Orient.

Ely and Itchyworms collaborate once more, this time in a concert

FOR ONE night, Resorts World Manila is bringing two of the most prominent names in the Philippine rock scene as it presents Ely Buendia and the Itchyworms: Greatest Hits on Feb. 9 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater.

Tribute concert set in honor of new National Artist Ryan Cayabyab

SOME OF the best singers in the Philippines will pay tribute to newly minted National Artist for Music Raymundo “Ryan” Cayabyab on Jan. 18 at the Globe Auditorium of the Maybank Performing Arts Theater in Bonifacio Global City (BGC).

A new look at Beethoven

FOR ITS past few concerts, the Manila Symphony Orchestra (MSO) has been focusing on very popular music: Rockestra 2018 mixed classical and rock music, playing “orchestra-fied” works of Metallica and AC/DC, while Silver Screen Symphonies featured music from beloved movies like Star Wars and The Lion King.

Singing along with Per Sorensen

WE WERE ON EDSA some time in the 1990s when dad played the album Fra Lippo Lippi’s The Virgin Years: Greatest Hits (1997) on the car’s stereo system, the New Wave music filling the space as we made our way home. That is how I was introduced to the unique sound of the Norwegian duo whose group name I did not know then — not until I found the old album hidden deep in a shelf in my early teens.

Ending the year with music and laughter

THE YEAR is ending so what better time is there to reminisce than on Dec. 1 at the Theatre at Solaire Resort and Casino as vocal group The CompanY and comedian Jon Santos take the stage for a one-night only shindig celebrating four decades of golden music from the 1960s to the ’90s.

The show must go on: Rico J.’s final concert repurposed into...

LIKE THE total entertainer he was, death is not enough to stop Rico J. Puno.

Iconic iKON

UNLIKE IN beauty pageants, the “spare tire” principle does not apply to reality shows. The winner usually proceeds to sign the hefty, multi-year, exclusive contract, receive all the accolades, and, for all intents and purposes, makes the runner-up eat dust.

Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace concert film finally debuts

NEW YORK — Three months after her death and 46 years after she first recorded it, Aretha Franklin’s live gospel concert is coming to the big screen.

Taeyeon concert in PHL

K-POP artist Taeyeon is gearing up for another solo concert tour and the Philippines is one of the stops. ‘S...Taeyeon Concert in Manila will be held on Dec. 14, 8 p.m., at the New Frontier Theater, in Cubao, Quezon City.

Licad to have all-Chopin piano concert

ACCLAIMED pianist Cecile Licad will return to Manila for a concert entitled Cecile Licad: I Love Chopin, on Nov. 27, 7 p.m., at the main lounge of the Manila Polo Club in Makati City.

Excited Spice Girls say reunion tour will feel strange without Posh

LONDON — British pop band the Spice Girls joked on Wednesday about their plans for a new album after announcing they would reunite for a UK tour next year but said it would feel strange performing without “Posh Spice” Victoria Beckham.

American Idol alum Jessica Sanchez performs in PHL

AMERICAN IDOL-alum Jessica Elizabeth Sanchez comes back to the Philippines for a one-night concert, bringing with her the hits that made her a finalist on the US singing show alongside songs that will showcase her vocal versatility.

After cruising for 10 years, the Draybers get their 1st major...

CELEBRATING 10 years in show business, Mitoy Yonting and the Draybers, led by front man Michael “Mitoy” Yonting of the Voice of the Philippines fame, will be holding their 10th anniversary concert on Oct. 30 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila (RWM) in Pasay City.

Two K-Pop shows coming in November

NOVEMBER will see two major K-Pop groups make Manila their stop in their respective world tours: Winner and iKon.

A classical Halloween

FOR something completely different, there is a concert. Children can come in costumes inspired by their favorite book characters, and enjoy an afternoon at the Tricks and Musical Treats: A PPO Family Concert, on Oct. 28, 3 p.m., at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Main Theater.

Bautista and Ledesma focus on Streisand, Legrand and Groban

LISTEN to the classic songs of Barbra Streisand and Michel Legrand alongside the more contemporary hits of Josh Groban as sung by vocal heavyweights, Kuh Ledesma and Christian Bautista at the Tent in Solaire Resort and Casino in Parañaque City on Oct. 20.

Lea: 40 years of entertaining — and winning

AWARD-WINNING singer and actress Lea Salonga (real name: Maria Lea Carmen I. Salonga) is celebrating the 40th anniversary of her career with a two-night, sold-out concert at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Plenary hall on Oct. 19 and 20.