Raft3r has been a concertgoer since puberty.
Cyndi Lauper was my first live show. Her show was as loud as her persona. I had a rockin’ good time.
During my high school years, Paula Abdul’s Under My Spell Tour landed in Manila. It was pure pop extravaganza complete with flying trapeze dancers and numerous costume changes.
Raft3r’s college days brought in Bon Jovi. Yes, the seven songs only concert that was worth every penny. Heavy downpour matched with a mad crowd and serious bottle throwing made it truly memorable.
On one of my birthdays, Phil Collins decided to play a gig in Pasig. To this date, he has the coolest concert ticket – a credit card type.
Janet Jackson performed to a sold out crowd at the Folk Arts Theater as part of the janet. World Tour. I fell in love that night. In 2008, we renewed our vows with The Rock Wichu Tour which was the best show EVER.
Michael Buble’s show was utterly romantic. Too bad I watched it with a male buddy.
Seeing Duncan Sheik play live was an absolute dream come true.
The best rock band I have seen live was Incubus. Boyd’s voice was awesome.
Alanis Morissette’s Can’t Not Tour was the best sing-along concert. The crowd knew every lyric to her song.
Raft3r became a part of History when he watched a Michael Jackson concert. The only time I got excited in his show was when the video screen showed a picture of Janet.
Major disappointments were Mariah Carey (She made Raft3r wait for two hours and all she had to offer was a lousy show.), Rihanna (She appeared too uninterested to perform.), Anita Baker (The high notes were gone.), and Maroon 5 (Adam Levine was not a great live performer.).
Big surprises were Mandy Moore (Her Coverage CD is just plain cool.), Amy Grant (She sang and played the guitar for two hours.), and Billy Idol (Who knew he could still rock the house at age 54.). Usher’s show was a delight, as well.
Raft3r felt absolute nothing for the Kris Allen concert.
My wish list for future shows to catch: U2, Alicia Keys, and Elvis Presley.
See, I am not such a hard person to please.