Hanson's Shout It Out Tour Manila - The Concert

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

March 30, 2012. Smart Araneta Coliseum. The night I have been waiting for. Though I already secured a good seat I still went to Araneta early. That's how excited I was.

. . . view from my seat

The four rows in front of me. And I'm next to the aisle. Will go for that metal barricade when the show started hahaha.

POHFC VP Nowie, Jellybean and my new found fanson friend Ched 

Just like me, Ched bought a single ticket and was also surprise when he found out front row seats were all taken on the very first day of releasing the tickets.

Robin Nievara, son of Martin Nievera opened the show

After a couple of his songs we waited for another 30 minutes before Hanson went on stage. For sure Hanson time = Filipino time. When Hanson came out all of us went gaga and started rushing towards the barricade (as what I expected). They started out the show with Waiting For This from the Shout It Out album. I think the song was very appropriate. Here' s the video on how chaotic we were.

 Warning:  Very shaky. Might cause some headaches.

It was very hard to take videos with all those arms raised and everyone trying to get a better shot. Also everyone was screaming so loud I was unable to understand them whenever they try to say something or introduce the next song. Sharing the still photos . . .

. . . Isaac

♥  Taylor  ♥

Zachary . . .

. . .  Zac again

Taylor in a super duper tight fitting jeans (eeeekkkk bakat teh!!!)

The next song was Where's The Love from their album Middle of Nowhere.

Followed by Thinkin' Bout Something from Shout It Out.

They played another thinking song which was Thinking of You from Middle of Nowhere.

Isaac rocked on with A Minute Without You, one of my favorite songs from Middle of Nowhere.

Taylor on the piano with Crazy Beautiful. Not really crazy about the song. How I wish they picked a different song instead.

Next was the upbeat Can't Stop from This Time Around.

On the 2nd half of the concert, Hanson performed songs in acoustic. In my opinion this was the best part of the show. Kung pwede nga lang the entire show will be in acoustic. Yan ang forte ng Hanson. First song was Strong Enough to Break from Underneath (another fave song). Let me share the video para mas maganda at ma-appreciate ang kanta. The video is still shaky with lots of screaming and shouting but lesser arms. In fairness this video is much better than the first one (IMO).

More of the still photos:

Zac and Taylor . . .

Deeper with Isaac and Taylor. Love this song. I'm glad they played this in acoustic.

Zac leading the song Wish That I Was There from This Time Around. Such a sad song.

Taylor was todo emote on his part of the song :-)

Can it even get sadder with A Song To Sing (from This Time Around as well)? At this point I felt like crying already. But of course I did not. Instead I just stood there and forgot about my camera let alone take pictures/videos. I didn't even sing along. I just stood there, stare at them and listen intently to the song.

Their harmony never fails. It's L-O-V-E !!!

Zac went back to his drums and Ike with his electric guitar. They got the crowds to sing along with them to  With You In Your Dreams from Middle of Nowhere. That's the last sad song from them. Then it was followed by a more up beat song This Time Around from the same title album.

And followed by And I Waited, my least favorite song from the Shout it Out album.

Then Hanson went for the head bopping Penny and Me from Underneath and another fave song from Shout It Out album which was Give A Little. At this point everyone was up on their feet dancing and singing along with the guys.

At cyempre mawawala ba ang Mmmbop? Hindeeeee!!!

super adorable zac - mukhang inosente lang


 The dancing continued with Lost Without Each Other from Underneath - I likey likey this song. I can listen to it in repeat mode forever without getting tired of it *exag*. Sooooo happy they sang this. Yay! 

And this was followed by If Only from This Time Around. Taylor was encouraging everyone to jump jump jump!

Hanson left the stage and they turned the lights low. Everyone was screaming we want more. we want more. We were chanting like that for more than 2 minutes or longer (I guess). Walang kapagurang 'we want more!!!', pramis. Some people started to think that they weren't going to come back and that was the last song but surprise, surprise they came back to sing In The City from This Time Around. What a perfect song to end the show. Lurved it. Good thing I was able to record it.

Everytime Taylor say the line "Do you love me?" all of us were screaming "yeah!" back to him. It was so funny. That was the last song and the guys took their bows and bid us farewell. But before they left Taylor said they promise to be back if we fans promise we're going back to watch their show. This was followed by an echoing yes from the happy crowd. The entire show took almost 2 hours (bitin) but I got my money's worth. Totally. Hanson forever!!!! Oh yeah!!!!!


Hanson Meet and Greet + Autograph Signing

Friday, April 6, 2012

Last week I was on a high after meeting my beloved band (of all time) and watched their awesome concert in Araneta. Thought I'd never get over it and my world will never return back to normal. Guess what? I'm over it and I'm still living my life. But I find it too painful to write about the experience. Don't get me wrong. I had fun. So much fun it hurts. LOL. Last time I told my self to document everything that happened (like every single detail as far as my head can remember) since I was not blogging yet when they first came here in Manila. I didn't realize this was going to be tough. I salute those people who can find all the rights words and put them all together nicely. Obviously, I'm just a blogger not a writer. On this note, I'm lost . . . . lost for words.

I'm not going to torture myself to come up with the right words to describe what happened that day. The day I met Hanson again. I will keep it simple and let the pictures help me remember. Some dodgy photos coming right up. Oh, I must say it's not that much of a dodgy. I have to hand it to my camera's impressive zooming capability.

Here's the kwento. On my last day at work (right before my VL) I was very anxious to get home and get some sleep so I'll have energy for the meet and greet/autograph signing happening that afternoon. I really regretted getting just a two days off work. When I got home I tried with all my might to fall asleep but failed. I was glued on my netbook trying to get more info about the Hanson tour. At around 10am I got a text message from my fanson friend Ariane and told me to go to SM North asap. I was like I haven't slept yet. I was thinking of going there at 2-3pm just enough time before the event. I got another text message from her saying we did not get any reservations so we have to bring our asses off, fall in line, made sure we get through the cut and have our CD's signed. I was pissed off. Very very much.  I never hated our club like this. Ever. Later on I found out that some of the club members (myself included) where ditched by the club prez and left us hanging without any info on what's going on and the whereabouts of Hanson. All info was kept within the circle of those club members who went to the airport the following night. So much for organization and coordination. Upon learning this I hurried off to SM.

Based on my experience, autograph signing with international acts were always a first come first serve basis. They do cut the lines without warning if they really have to. This has happened to me before. Not once but twice and I didn't want that to happen again not with Hanson.

I got there at quarter to one in the afternoon. There was already a line. My number was at 100++. Sorry I forgot the exact figures but you bet I'm disappointed as hell. If I only knew we did not get any reservations I could have gone straight to SM before they even opened.

with Angela and Ariane

Thank God I listened to my friends to go there early or else I'll be camping outside. These chairs did help ease the burden and torture of waiting. Hanson tweeted that they will be late due to heavy traffic. Imagine they held the press con in Edsa Shangri La tapos autograph signing sa SM North? Why didn't somebody or anybody  think of having this event in Megamall instead. Mas malapit sa Shang. Oh well.

Testing my camera's zoom capability - Check! 

No Hanson yet.

Finally, they arrived. They're two hours late. I totally forgot I still haven't slept for 22 hours already.

 Hooray! Can I get a glimpse of Taylor, please?

Yay. But I think I wanted a little bit closer . . . 

Now you can see Ike and Tay's faces. Much better. Oh no, I forgot to include Zac! 

There ya go. He was so freakin' gorgeous!
Lemme take another shot while there's nobody blocking my view.

Hotness. I want a close up picture, please?
The picture of Zac in the background was way clearer but this was the best that I can do.

Trying to zoom in on Ike.

Darn those peeps blocking the guys. Gotta be patient and wait for my turn.

Ooh, there's Ike again

Gotcha Taylor! I needed a better shot. 

A little more patience, good timing and I'll be able to get  a better picture of you, hmp.

Hah TAYLOR! Na-timingan din kita. Bwahahahaha! 
Too bad my flash can't reach him but nothing that can't be fix by a photo-editing software. 
Here lemme show you . . .

A little grainy but pwede na dibah? Am I good or what?
(Magbuhat daw ba ng sariling bangko *wink*wink*)
Kung may close up pics sina Tay and Zac, cyempre dapat meron din si Ike

Nice. Galing ko talaga. (Tsamba!) Harkhark! 

Yay. It's Taylor again. 

Swerte ko talaga. I got him again! 
Isn't it obvious puro si Taylor ang target ko LOL!

I am . . . 

. . . getting closer to 

the stage . . . 

. . . a glimpse of Tay again ^___^ 

It's Taylor again. I can now see the table. I am almost there! 

OMG, just a few more steps and I will get to meet them, shake hands with the guys and have my CD signed!

That was Angela, the girl in ponytail. I was next after her. While waiting for my turn the event's organizer allowed me to take pictures. Man I was shaking so bad from all the excitement like it's my first time to meet them. They told me once I go up to the guys I have to shut my camera off. So there goes my shaky hands taking blurry pictures after blurry pictures. I should have taken videos na lang sana tsk tsk.

pa-blurry ng . . . 

. . . pa-blurry, di na makita features ng face ni Tay-tay

One last shot of Tay and . . . 

. . . Ike before I went down the stage

Ike again
And it's bye bye time. See ya at the concert! 

Before the autograph signing session started, the emcee already told us to prepare the item we would like to be signed. As per Astroplus' rules, we can only have one item signed and it has to be anything from the CDs and DVDs being sold from their store. The emcee kept on saying these over and over. We all wanted for him to shut up na so Hanson can start signing our stuff. Now let me show you this really nice DVD insert that I so wanted to get signed . . .

astig noh? it even had a huge Hanson logo in the middle

Zac's signature . . . 

Silly me got so caught up in the moment I didn't realize I gave Zac the wrong side of the insert but Zac who had no idea signed it anyway. When Zac handed the insert to Taylor, I saw the look of confusion on Tay's eyes. He was prolly thinking (this is just my wild guess, okay) where the heck am I suppose to sign on this? It prolly took him a few seconds before diving the pen on some random part of the insert. When he was about to sign that page that's how it hit on me. I told Taylor "Nooooo, I'm sorry I handed you guys the wrong side. " I panicked and ended up getting the other side of the insert (still the wrong side!!! I should have listened to the emcee). Still lucky me, Zac heard my predicament and both him and Taylor were able to signed this . . .

After signing my stuff Taylor and I had a little chit chat. He was very nice and sweet and complimented me for choosing the pic above. Grabe it was "the moment". I wanted to stay there forever and have more chicka moments with Taylor hahaha! That small conversation warmed my heart and I felt like I'm melting. He said the photo above was one of his favorites and it was a great choice. I was like 'kung alam mo lang Taylor hindi yan ang first choice ko. Nataranta lang ako kaya yan yung pinapirmahan ko' LOLz!!!! But cyempre di yan ang sinabi ko. Umagree na lang ako and I told him I'm going to have it framed para souvenir for this meet and greet (in English, of course!). And then we shook hands. Grabe ang lambot-lambot ng kamay. I didn't want to let go and move on to Ike. But then again kailangan kumpleto silang lahat nakapirma. I went home very very happy and very very tired. I immediately look for the bed and sleep the night away. Still I have a few more things to do before the concert. Finally this post is about to end. For the record this post is the most A for effort of them all. Too many pictures and too many words and it took quite a long time for this to be posted.


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