SHEENA EASTON, "For Your Love Only" this Feb 12, 2009
See Sheena Easton Live!
Araneta Coliseum, February 12, 2009

Sing and Dance-a-long with her hits!
Telefone (Long Distance Love Affair), So Far So Good, Almost Over You, Strut, Morning Train (9 to 5), We've Got Tonight and more...
with special guest: RX 80's band

Tickets available now at Ticketnet in all SM Malls
Call for tickets now at 911-55-55 or log on to


Let's Make a Memory: Rex Smith

Simply Jessie, You Take My Breath Away, Everlasting Love, Forever
and many more Broadway Hits...

Feb 7 Pavilion Hotel Bacolod
Feb 12 Heritage Ballroom Heritage Hotel & Casino
Feb 13 PICC CCP Complex
Feb 14 Victoria Ballroom Park Lane Hotel Cebu
Feb 15 Central Bank Convention Center Davao

Tickets available at Ticketworld 891-99-99,
National Bookstores
, Ayala Malls, Robinsons Outlets and Cebu Pacific Outlets

with special guests:




and the RX80's Band

“Totoe’d” for 3 weeks with BOBBY KIMBALL

Having been in the concert business for over 5 years, I’ve been blessed with artists who are not only talented but real nice persons. Bobby Kimball excels in the nice department. The moment I met him at the airport, I knew in my heart he was gonna be fun and I wasn’t wrong. Bobby had a playful personality and loved to play pranks with an exploding pen on anyone he met- be it a Mayor, a TV host or a fan.

On stage, he was the total opposite. - A serious musician with high standards for his craft and consistently reliable. In a span of just over 3 weeks, Bobby crammed 14 gigs, a dozen plane trips, six mall promos, Radio/TV appearances, Interviews and press conferences. Even for a promoter like me who around just to supervise, I felt much pressure and stress and Bobby, he never complained even when he was sick and dehydrated for several days due to stomach trouble.

Musically, I learned one very important fact on this tour. No matter where the performance was, be it Davao or Bali, It were the love songs that ruled and were tremendously applauded. It’s difficult to go wrong with love songs.

I’ve sat beside Bobby on most of the plane trips and learned so much about his personal life and the music business. He was mighty proud of the 300 KOI fish that he tends to in his Encino home, his simple pleasures, his careers ups and downs, the rock gods he rubbed elbows with and most important, his on and off stint with TOTO that recently disbanded again after the “Falling In Between” tour. Besides being a TOTO member, Bobby has sung back up together with Michael McDonald and Bill Champlin (Chicago) for the biggest artists in the industry including Barbra Streisand and the like.

2008 is Bobby’s third straight year of being on the road and he longs to take a month’s vacation at home before embarking on his road tour in February 09 starting in Monte Carlo.

Here are some highlights of the Asian tour I took with him:

Nov 12: Bobby’s initial gig was at the HERITAGE Hotel and Casino. He performed for a select group of VIPS, Ambassadors, CEO’S and Politicians. Show highlight included rendition of “Rosanna” with a female group called the “PLAYGIRLS”.

Nov 14: With jet lag starting to kick in, we flew to DAVAO and performed at CAP Auditorium. It was in Davao that BOBBY ate his first batch of fresh Mangosteen and never stopped raving about it afterwards.

Nov. 15: TAGUM from my initial observation seemed to be a real sleepy town and to my mind, I was already resolved to the fact that this will be our least attended show. As we entered the dark driveway of the venue named St. Mary’s Gym, I was taken aback with how long the queue of young people was that snaked around the Campus. We got more surprised when the overflow crowd sang along to the hits and greeted every song with thunderous applause and shrieks. Bobby promised Mother Superior (the only person who escaped his exploding pen prank) that he would be back for sure.

Nov. 16: GENERAL SANTOS was a 3 hour plus drive from Davao city thru a circuitous route that crossed a couple of mountains. I wasn’t sure what to expect since this was the first time for any member of the entourage to visit the city of marvelous Tuna. GenSan Mayor Acharon himself welcomed us with a sumptuous seafood lunch and we fell in love with the city right away. Bobby Kimball made history by being the first international artist to perform in the city at the fully air conditioned Lagao Gymnasium where a record crowd of over 5000 witnessed it.

Nov. 19: CAGAYAN DE ORO has been one of my favorite cities in the south. Bobby was amazed that in this very distant part of the world, people are using 2nd generation iphones and MacBook Airs. As in all past shows, the concert at Lim Ket Kai Atrium was well attended and applauded.

Nov. 20: HYATT Hotel & Casino was the 1st Manila venue Bobby would perform on the trip. An overflow crowd of elegantly dressed couples garbed in Pradas, Armanis and Guccis with matching “bling blings” enjoyed Hyatt’s haute cuisine before the main event of the evening. Bobby did a sterling performance and the night’s guest artists were Olivia and Joe Lamont.

Nov. 21: ALIW Theater was the main event of the entire tour. The featured guests included the famed retro band RX80’S, Joe Lamont and guest drummer/TV Host Willie Revillame. An almost full house crowd sang along with Bobby. Premium concert review writer Yugel Losorata of the Bulletin was appalled by Bobby Kimball’s vocal range and performance level. He also commented on the tightness of the band.

Nov. 22: Although suffering from a bum stomach with a slight fever, Bobby took the 4 hour flight to BEIJING. What a trouper. At the show, the pre dominantly expat audience applauded the performance to the hilt. Bobby was the first International artist to make it to Hard Rock Beijing and definitely wont be the last. Unfortunately, Bobby wasn’t able to fulfill his dream of visiting the Great Wall because he was bed ridden.

Nov. 26: Feeling a little better but deprived of much needed rest and sleep, Bobby hit Singapore with an exclamation mark. Although rumors flew around that he wont impress the discriminating TOTO fans who were in attendance (as intimated by a Singaporean Hard Rock executive), he silenced his critics with an almost flawless performance that was highlighted with non stop dancing by some over excited fans.

Nov. 27: Thanksgiving day was hot and rainy in BALI but nobody complained. We were all awestruck with the beauty of the island and the uniqueness of the Hard Rock hotel. In my mind, I had that nagging anxiety about some possible terrorist activity (It was just days ago that they executed the Bali bombers and there were rumors about possible retaliation) but just kept it to myself and relaxed. The show was on at 11PM past. Hard Rock was filled to the brim and despite the fact the air conditioning was turned up to full blast and it was raining outside, everyone was hot and sweaty. Throughout the performance, Bobby’s voice could hardly be heard because everyone sang along. The response was tremendous and the sound was tops. This was one of the best performances of the tour.

Nov. 28: Another day, another flight, another city. Bobby was feeling much better today. His appetite has returned and was ready to hit JAKARTA head on. The newly renovated and relocated Hard Rock Café Jakarta was inside a new mall. Again, we had the distinction of being the first International artist to perform there. It was a packed house reeking with cigarette smoke that smelled like burning cloves. As in all shows, the major sing along songs were “Stairway to Heaven” and I’ll Be Over You”.

Nov. 29: KUALA LUMPUR was the last leg before returning to Manila for the final 2 gigs. I love their airport - Uncongested and spacious. We decided to proceed directly to the newly renovated Hard Rock and do the sound check. At 7PM, people started to line up. By 11PM you wouldn’t be able to move without bumping into a body. It was so darn full that the band had to stay onstage instead of doing an exit for the encore because there was no place to move. Everybody sang along again. A local DJ intimated to me that in Malaysia, “I’ll Be Over You” is the number 1 TOTO song. Funny- I think I heard that line before.

Dec. 1: CEBU Park Lane Hotel International was the venue for 3 days of relaxation for Bobby. Park Lane GM Cen Maguilomotan made sure he was pampered to the max with massages, good food and Wagyu steak. Bobby also succeeded in charming some press people with his wit and wisdom partly erasing the disappointment with the TOTO performance last April at the Waterfront Hotel.

Dec. 3: recently opened H2 BAR in Remedios St. Malate had Bobby and the band for some special guests and VIPS.

Dec. 5: HARD ROCK Makati was the last gig before Bobby’s long Christmas vacation. The pre dominantly expat crowd cheered and applauded every song performed. The band was really fired up and had much fun on this final performance. It was a tearful goodbye to a dynamic and creative person.

Dec. 7: We watched the Pacquiao/Dela Hoya fight via satellite together inside the fully packed Heritage ballroom then rushed to the Podium for the final Mall promo. From there, he went straight to the airport for his return flight to Los Angeles. As the plane doors closed, Bobby even managed to make a goodbye call and express his gratitude. What a sweet guy. Bye Bobby! Hope to see you soon.

I feel some pride deep inside me that despite some minor hiccups at the start of the tour, we ended it with a bang. The tour would not have been possible without the pinoy band that backed up Bobby; Otep Obama Concepcion on drums, Rolly Roldan on bass, Roy Marinduque on guitar, Neal Baruelo and Marie Nallos on back up vocals, Carlo Gaa as MD and on Keyboards. Bruce Conte was the wonderful guest artist. Behind the scenes: Grace Fernandez-Production Manager; Howard Long Tall Medina-Artist Liaison; Joy del Pilar- Bobby’s personal assistant, Ramon Escobar-Travel Liaison and Adrian Angeles-Technical Engineer.

The Happenings - What Can I Say About Them?

I'll sum it up in 1 word: "FANTASTIC"

Who would think that after 4 decades they'd even sound better than they did in the 60's.

Lead singer and band leader Bob Miranda is fit as a fiddle. He jumps, stomps, kicks and cavorts onstage like a teenager. His voice -- pristine and in great shape supported by the glorious vocal harmonies of Bob Kulik and George Rizzi.

Bob who was a revelation to me had a thousand voices. One moment sounding uncannily like Neil Diamond, then next moment like Frankie Valli.

George Rizzi, the musical arranger/vocalist played guitar licks that would put any level 1 guitar player to shame.

What started as an experiment turned out to be a wonderful experience!

Dennis Tufano (Original xBuckinghams' Lead Singer), Marty Grebb (former Buckinghams and Chicago) and Bruce Conte (Original Tower of Power) rehearsed for just 3 sessions and turned up a wonderful performance of The Buckinghams and Chicago hits at the Aliw Theatre for 2 nights (Oct17&18). The legendary Trio backed up by very talented Filipino band members rocked the theater and garnered ooohs and aahhs from the dominantly adult crowd.

Their set opened with "Kind of a Drag", followed by a jazzed up version of "Why Don't You Love Me". Next was "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" where Dennis was joined on vocals by Marty Grebb. "I'll Be Back" a Beatles classic, Dennis mixed up the lyrics but nobody complained, considering that this was his first time to perform it in 3 decades plus.

Bruce Conte had the spotlight when he performed a soul stirring guitar solo on Santana's Europa.

Marty sang a bluesy Ray Charles' song, followed by Chicago's "Make Me Smile". The crowd raved how close he sounded to the original. Marty later intimated to me that he could sound uncannily like Terry Kath (the Chicago member who sang "Make Me Smile" died by an accidental gunshot to the head) but he started in showbiz with a quartet call The Exceptions that included Peter Cetera who later on became a member of Chicago.

Bruce performed a soul stirring version of "You're Still A Young Man" which he knows by heart because he was a Tower of Power original.

"Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" was the song Dennis and Marty shared vocal spotlight followed by Buckinghams classics "Hey Baby" and "Susan". Thundering applause greeted the first few notes of "Don't You Care" and the set closed with The Chicago classic "Beginnings".

The Happenings Special Solo Concert at the Hard Rock Cafe on October 19!

at the

"The Legends of Pop"

October 19, 2008 Dinner 7:30PM Show Starts at 9:00PM

For Reservations Please Call:
829-2921 or 826-6885
0922-8639648 or 0920-9521319
0r call Hard Rock 893-4661


October 17 & 18
ALIW Theatre



Special Guest
(Original Tower of Power)

performing the Greatest Hits of
(Don't You Care, Susan, Kind of a Drag, hey Baby, Mercy Mercy Mercy, I'll be Back, Why Don't You Love Me, Pitied Be the Dragon Hunter and many more...)

Gary Lewis and The Playboys

30 Top Ten Songs,
25 Hit Albums,
12 Number 1 Songs
100 Million Albums Sold Worldwide

Featuring the Hits:
Autumn, When Summer is Gone, Green Grass, This Diamond Ring, You're 16, Everybody Loves A Clown, Sure Gonna Miss Her, She's Just My Style, Save Your Heart For Me, Paint Me A Picture, Sealed With A Kiss, Mr. Blue, A Well Respected Man, My Heart's Symphony, Tina , Without A Word of Warning, Wooly Booly and more...

September 5 Friday HERITAGE Grand Hotel Ballroom, Roxas Blvd
September 6 Saturday ALIW Theater CCP Complex
September 7 Sunday New YNARES Center Pasig
September 12 Friday CEBU Convention Center
September 13 Saturday CAP Auditorium DAVAO City

Cagayan de Oro, Manila, Davao and Bacolod danced the whole night with gusto, looking forward to the next experience.

As always, many thanks to our friends who have made the tour a wonderful one!

Traders Hotel: GM Andrea Mastellone, Kitchie Benedicto, Jopy Lopez, Lourdes Arrieta and the wonderful staff.

CDO: Boy Gualberto and company, Bigby's for the great food!

DAVAO: Glenn Mar and Chepo Garcia

BACOLOD: Robert and Kitchie Benedicto Paulino and wonderful staff.

AIR PHILIPPINES: The very accommodating and cooperative check-in staff at Terminal 3

PHILIPPINE AIRLINES: Rey Ortiz and his airport staff, Ramon Escobar, Nort Salatan and all the wonderful pursers and cabin staff who made the flights in and out of Manila very comfortable

ALIW THEATRE: The ever smiling Rina Veloso

The most hardworking concert staff in the world:
Grace "The Hip" Fernandez
Howard "Long Tall" Medina
Adrian "Corimao" Angeles
Joy "Simang" del Pilar
Allen "The Scorer" Reyes
Steven "Big Boy" Samonte

Earth, Wind and Fire Experience featuring The AL McKay All Stars

And the excitement builds up as we count the days before the Earth, Wind and Fire Experience fills our lives once again with those wonderful hits like Reasons, After the Love Has Gone, September, Singasong, Let's Groove, Boogie Wonderland, Got to Get You Into My Life, and many more....

Limited seating at Aliw Theatre is available so book now, call 911-5555 Ticketnet or visit any SM Mall.

August 22 Friday ALIW Theater CCP Complex

August 20 Wednesday LIM KET KAI Mall Cagayan De Oro
August 22 Friday ALIW Theater CCP Complex
August 23 Saturday KADAYAWAN Festival SM Mall Grounds Davao
August 24 Sunday La Salle Coliseum, Bacolod City

Tony! We miss you already

As quick as Tony and the band came in to sweep all die hard Spandau Ballet fans, Tony and the boys have gone like a Flash.

Tony, thank you for being so cooperative and accomodating! He never rested from the day he arrived. Promoting the show from the time he gets up 'til the wee hours of the morning. Singing at several television shows, posing for pictures, signing autographs and promoting at malls, and not a single complaint - a dream to work with.

Both Clark and Araneta Coliseum shows were greeted with full enthusiasm from Spandau Ballet fans and they were not disappointed. Tony, John Keeble and the rest of the band performed flawlessly. Tony is definitely at his peak.

People who watched were at their feet almost all the time dancing, singing along and cheering.

At the Araneta Coliseum show, one of the highlights was a marriage proposal by a creative guy from the audience to his date with the consent of Tony who was visibly amused and commented that this was history for him. A marriage proposal right in the middle of the concert.

As always, I'd like to thank the wonderful people who made the Tony Hadley Tour a wonderful one:

> John Glover, Tony's always smiling Manager
> Dave Williams, Tony's efficient Tour Manager
> Nel Ruiz and A. Venue Suites staff for their great hospitality
> Le Maison for the great food
> Ceso Calison, Hard Rock's hard-working general manager
> Maribeth & Man Rapinan - Wonderful Partners

Gold ex Spandau Ballet

Finally…Tony is arriving

It's been 2 years at least since the initial negotiation with Tony's manager Matt. Tony's schedule was so full last year.

Spandau Fans are excited to see one of the pillars of the "New Romantics" movement of the 80's. I myself am excited too. I saw Tony's latest DVD and though he has put on some pounds, his voice is still in pristine condition and sounding better than ever.

The wonderful thing about the concert is not only will Spandau lovers be treated to live versions of the immortal hits "Gold", True", "Only When You Leave", "Through the Barricades", "I'll Fly for You", "Communication" etc. but also Tony Hadley classics like "Save a Prayer" by Duran Duran, "First of May" by the Bee Gees and other classics.

Tony Hadley (Vocalist) and John Keeble (Drummer)

Featuring the Hits:
Gold, True, Highly Strung, Round and Round, Through the Barricades, Communication, I'll Fly For You, Only When You Leave, To Cut A Long Story Short, Lifeline and many more...

Show Schedule is:
August 8 - Clark Expo, Pampanga, 8PM
August 9 - Araneta Coliseum, 8PM

Tickets Available At:
All Ticketnet and SM Outlets. Call Ticketnet at 911-5555.

NOW BOOKING! For the Asia Pacific Region

with the Al McKay All Stars

14 Multi-Platinum Albums, 5 Gold Albums, 3 American Music Awards, 5 Grammy Awards and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer
Al McKay (Pioneer Earth, Wind and Fire member, composer and songwriter) leads this groupof 13 multi-talented singers and musicians performing
the Earth, Wind and Fire immortal songs like September, Satruday nite, Fantasy, Got to Get You Into My Life, That's the Way of the World, Let's Groove, Boogie Wonderland, Reasons, Sun Goddess, After the Love Has Gone and more...

(ex- Spandau Ballet)

The Lead Singer of the disbanded "New Romantics" Band Spandau Ballet is now better than ever. Backed by his own "The Tony Hadley Band" with original Spandau Ballet drummer John Keeble, this group is guaranteed to please all Spandau Ballet die-hard fans. His current expanded repertoire includes all the Spandau Ballet hits like True, Gold, Only When You Leave, Through the Barricades, Round and Round, I'll Fly for You, etc. plus crowd pleasers like "Rio", Save APrayers" "With orWithout You" and more...


The crown prince of love songs continues the legacy of one of the greatest pop duos of all time "England Dan and John Ford Coley".

John performs all the hits including "Sad to Belong", "I'd Really Like to See You Tonight", "Nights are Forever", "Love is the Answer", "We'll Never Have to Say Goodbye", "What Can I Do With This Broken Heart", "Where Do I Go From Here", "Soldier in the Rain", "Simone", "Just Tell Me You Love Me", "Longer" and more


The good looking Actor/TV Star/Broadway Icon and award winning singer is one of the best applauded performers today. His concerts are a mx of his biggest hits like "Simply Jessie", "You Take My Breath Away", "Let's Make A Memory", "Forever", "Everlasting Love", etc. and broadway songs from musicals he has actually played leading role like "Jesus Christ Superstar", "Grease", "Sunset Boulevard", "Phantom of the Opera", "West Side Story", "Pirates of Penzance" and more...

Rex powerful vocals is guaranteed to please the audience.


Good looking, svelte and a golf pro, Matt JNR continues the legacy left to him by his father Matt Monro Sr., an international singing sensation in his own right, Matt is accompanied by his father's original musical director, Colin Keys.

His shows are a combination of Matt Sr., withs like "Walk Away", "From Russia With Love", "Born Free", "Portrait of My Love", "Around the World", "Softly As I Leave You", and his very own choices like "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" and other current hits. Add to that his charm, wit and jokes and you've got a show that truly entertains.

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6 SELL OUTS, 3 BIRTHDAYS IN 1 WEEK with the phenomenal AIR SUPPLY

Hectic Hectic Hectic!

Whew! I didn't know how we pulled it. Travelling everyday and having an almost perfect show and how! Sell outs in all venues.

The crowd went wind. There was almost a stampede. Everyone sang along including Mayor Bong and wife Vice Governor Gordon.

Driving along the new expressway from Subic to Clark Airport was a breeze. Clark to Cebu on Cebu Pacific, we landed past 2PM. Mad rush to Waterfront hotel for the soundcheck. Show opened at 8PM. The normally reserved Cebu audience went wild and applauded every song.

Back to Manila lunchtime. 2 hours rest and off to Araneta Coliseum. Rox Puno opened the show followed by a special performance by child protege Charice Pempengco. The crowd went wild from the opening song "Sweet Dreams" 'til the finale "All Out of Love". Madame Imelda Marcos was all praises for the sterling performance.

Another flight, another airport-Davao! Rain was predicted today but that didn't diminish the enthusiasm of the 4 block long queue to enter the CYO Gym. The gym didn't have air conditioning so it got hotter and hotter as the crowd packed in. Thank God the rains fell and cooled the gym. As in all the other cities, the crowd sang along with every hit dished by Air Supply. Tons of sweat fell on the floor but no one complained. Everyone was busy enjoying the concert.

Thank God we had one day off before the next show. But it wasn't all rest because we had to do a mall promo. Bad weather threatened to spoil the Iloilo show which was at an open air venue-the city's sports complex. Lots of bugs & mosquitoes joined the over 5000 strong that watched and enjoyed the show to the max. A fireworks display reminiscent of new year ended the concert.

Boat ride to Bacolod from Iloilo. It was more pleasant than we expected. The La Salle Gym has not air conditioning. Another hot and sweaty show but nobody paid no mind. Everyone sang along and enjoyed.

I have to admit that in my 5 years of promoting concerts, Air Supply is one of the most trouble-free tours I've done. These guys are a dream to work with. Russell & Graham are very sweet. Jed, Joni and Mike (the band) are super, road manager Sparky is cool. Technical crew Robyn, Jeremy, Michael and Nathan are not only great but funny with an exclamation mark.

Graham celebrated his birthday in Manila on June 11th, Russel in Davao on June 15th and Sparky in Bacolod on June 19.

Many Thanks to Madame Imelda Marcos and Ding.

SUBIC: Bong Cuevas, Armand Arezza, Raul Marcelo, Ronald Tan, Ivy Abadam, Niquee Gordon, Louie Moloa, Mayor and Vice Gov. Bong Gordon, Isa Esquivel and Jean Lugan.

CEBU: Bobot Ramos, Cenilyn Maguilomotan and Rene Mercado

MANILA: Madame Anabel, David Halili, Malou Rosal, Jenny Santillan, Alvin Marasigan, Manny Atacador, Henry Lapis, Miss Maureen, Solomon and Quickie.

DAVAO: Chepo & Glenn Garcia, the McDale Staff and Neljo Econ.

ILOILO: Ric Patricio, Ed Sonza and Manny Gruenberg (he made things happen)

BACOLOD: Jake Piccio, Paul Moles, Miles del Oeste, Ronnie Lesaguis and Raymark Mollenido.

Our Valued Sponsors: Manila Bulletin, Ford Alabang, EDSA-Shangrila, SM Malls, Johnny Cesar Tsai & Hard Rock Cafe.

Friends of Distinction Back to Back with Ted Mills/Blue Magic

Featuring the Hits of Friends of Distinction:
Great Day, The Way We Planned It, Grazin' in the Grass, Ain't No Woman, I Really Hope You Do, Love or Let Be Lonely, Love Can Make it Easier, I Just Can't Get You Out of My Mind, Time Waits for No One, It's A Wonderful World, Why Did I Loose You Baby, Check It Out, Going In Circles and many more...

Featuring the Hits of Ted Mills/Blue Magic:
Just Don't Wanna Be Lonely, Spell, 3 Ring Circus, Sideshow, Stop To Start, What's Come Over Me, Chasing Rainbows, Look Me Up and many more...

February 2009

February 12 Thu PICC Plenary Hall CCP Complex
February 13 Fri PICC Plenary Hall CCP Complex
February 14 Sat Victoria Ballroom PARK LANE Hotel Cebu
February 15 Sun Davao City (venue TBA)

Coming Attractions

  • A Night On Broadway with REX SMITH
  • Dynamic Duos featuring CHAD & JEREMY and PETER & GORDON

March 09

ST. PETERSBURG Ballet company featuring
Prima Ballerina IRINA

Dates & Venues TBA

Steve O'Neal on Sunday Inquirer Magazine


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