Tonight with DICK and (not Carmi?!?!) .... RICK!!!
it was back to the days of '80s Discos:
Kudos, Rumors, Jealousy,
Culture Club, and Faces!!!
Before Techno & House, before Rap & R & B...
there was RICK ASTLEY!!!
And I was, and am, one of his biggest fans;
in the years after his reign on the charts
and on the dancefloors abruptly ended,
whenever I'd hear one of his songs on the radio,
I'd wonder why the hell the Disco Divo didn't wisen up
and realize that the biggest audience he'd be able
to muster up was right here in the Philippines.
In March of this year,
I blogged about it right here,
and apparently, all the crappy new age nonsense
in "The Secret" really does work, because
exactly a month later, I got a confirmation!!!
And finally, just a few hours ago,
after a wait of over 20 years since
"Never Gonna Give You Up" hit #1 back in 1987,
5,000 screaming fans got to see Rick Astley LIVE!!!
The opening act, a Mossimo-discovered band from Bacolod,
tried very hard to get the crowd into the '80s mood;
however, their male lead sang "We Built This Seeeeety",
and his female counterpart danced like Shakira on Extra Joss.
The band's singers could use a month in the Pinoy Dream Academy,
but their lead guitarist definitely does a mean Eddie Van Halen.
Overall, they deserve an "A" for Eyffort.
It was a few more long minutes before the main act,
and I passed the time by hollering "RO-DE-RICK!!!!"
little did I know how prescient my shouting was...
And then, the lights dimmed;
and there he was; in a dark suit,
skinny tie, and Adidas sneakers,
Rick Astley and his pompadour,
singing "Together Forever"!!!
He sang all his hits:
"It Would Take A Strong, Strong Man",
"My Arms Keep Missing You", "Hopelessly",
"Whenever You Need Somebody", "Cry For Help",
"When I Fall In Love", "Hold Me In Your Arms",
"She Wants To Dance With Me", "Ain't Too Proud To Beg",
and my all-time favorite, "Don't Say Goodbye"!!!
And despite a plethora of glitches:
technical and sound problems, forgotten lyrics,
an inability to dance due to age, jetlag, and gin & tonics,
Rick Astley's baritone filled the Araneta Coliseum to the rafters.
Sure, he couldn't hit all the high notes anymore,
he seemed to be clueless about his popularity among Pinoys,
and during his many spiels to catch his breath,
he acted and sounded exactly like a lecherous Austin Powers,
but he was singing to an enthusiastic, forgiving crowd,
none more so that one fan in particular,
seated at the very front; a fan who was about to live a dream!
was personally invited to come up on stage by his idol,
and as all of us stood up, clapped, and cheered madly,
Dick sang the show's encore as a duet with Rick:
"Never Gonna Give You Up"!!!
Sorry Lea Salonga & Simon Le Bon, but that was far & away,
The. Concert. Highlight. Of. The. Year.
Fairy Tales do come true!!!
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SPRING ROLL and TANGGERA!!!