I still can’t believe I watched two concerts in one week. The first was Lady Gaga because I was invited to watch for free. This time I gladly and willingly paid to watch one of my favorite bands, Lifehouse.
Among my friends only Elisa and I listen to ‘this’ kind of music and we are not ashamed to admit we still love alternative rock to this day. We both regretted not watching Lifehouse when they first performed in Manila in 2008. When they tickets went on sale Elisa quickly bought our tickets long before we knew we were going to watch Lady Gaga.
I couldn’t help but compare the 52 year old Smart Araneta Coliseum to the brand new MOA Arena. But for it’s age it’s not bad at all.
The chairs were a far cry from the plush seats at the MOA Arena but I must admit there weren’t that uncomfortable. It was quite roomy too. Another plus was the more than adequate air-conditioning of the Coliseum. From where we were seated we could actually feel the cool breeze of air on our back. At the MOA Arena we had the whip out our fans from time to time.
There was no castle, no hydraulics, no big screens, no dancers, no fancy lighting. All there was was fantastic music, beautiful songs, damn good voice of Jason Wade and Bryce Soderberg, and lots of singing along by the audience.
I must confess. I watched Lady Gaga for her performance, the dramatic stage, the high tech lighting and sound system. I watched Lifehouse because I simply LOVE their music. The lights were low tech and a bit old fashioned. There was no front act and the show started one hour late. But the audience didn’t care. As soon as the band came out everyone including us started screaming.
Here’s the video I shot of Jason’s solo. I missed the first few minutes though. In this video he sang crowd favorites like Blind, Breathing (which he dedicated to Ginger Cornejo), I Try and Where You Are. (You can hear me and Elisa singing in the beginning :p)
If you think you don’t know who Lifehouse is watch this video of their first hit, Hanging By A Moment and say, “Oh, I know that song!”
Bryce even took a video of the audience and said the Manila was one of their favorite venues to perform at.