Keep on Drumming: RIP Pat Torpey

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I was fortunate enough to have caught Mr. Big on stage twice. The first one was in 2014–a few months after Pat Torpey was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease–and the second one just a few months ago. Matt Starr took over drumming responsibilities from Pat for both times during the world tours, with Pat playing percussion, and still on stage. Yet, Pat would soldier on to play drums for “Just Take My Heart”, if I recall correctly.

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Watch A Band For That One Song

Three years ago, I went and covered the first Manila performance of Magic!, a band fresh from their debut  single “Rude”, a catchy reggae ditty. The song has the reggae-song-of-the-year or -season vibe, more of the “King Without A Crown” territory and less of the Shaggy type of deal, although dangerously close. Not that it is a bad thing–it’s still a welcome earworm and not that big of a mainstream hit for noontime shows to exploit (I might be wrong).

In the case of that Magic! gig, “Rude” was presumably the only song the most of the crowd knew at that time they got a ticket to see the band. Sure, there was “Don’t Kill The Magic” and it is a right proper pop song in its own right, but the question really is: Should you pay to see a band if you only know one or two of their songs?

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Coverage: Neverland Manila presents Young Gunz

I found myself with the opportunity to attend and cover Neverland Manila presents Young Gunz on a chill and occasionally drizzly June night in Circuit Makati. In what could be the confluence of being thirtysomething caught right smack in the middle of a long weekend with nothing much to do, I came in early, just before 8:00 p.m., just when the crowd was trickling in. It wasn’t the first EDM event I’ve been in, but I think I can never get used to this scene–as with most of its iterations since the late Nineties.

Yet, this would be the first time I covered an EDM event for The first question that came into mind is “How do I do this?”. Continue reading Coverage: Neverland Manila presents Young Gunz