• The ‘Throwback Thursday’ edition

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    MARK BONIFACIO

    MARK BONIFACIO

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    With the Philippine concert scene seeing acts for young music geeks over the past months (Selena Gomez, Charlie Puth, The Chainsmokers, and In The Mix), as well as for those who more advanced in musical years (Boy George & Culture Club, Friends of Distinction and Kenny Rogers), sound fans of the ‘90s and early 2000s are yearning for their throwback moment on the live stage.

    Today’s good news is that the upcoming concerts toward the final quarter of 2016 will have something for the Gen-Xers with British boy band A1; the ‘90s R&B groups TLC and SWV; and alternative rock band The Calling.

    A1 is an English–Norwegian pop group formed in 1998

    A1 is an English–Norwegian pop group formed in 1998

    ‘A1: Here We Come Back Tour’
    Boy band fans, especially during the late ‘90s and early 2000 will surely know A1 from Great Britain and Norway, especially their hit singles “Like A Rose”, “Same Old Brand New You”, “Take On Me”, “Everytime”, “One More Try”, “No More”, “Caught In The Middle” and “Make It Good” among others.

    The group will be back in Manila four years since their last concert for their Here We Come- Back Tour, a two-night show scheduled at the Kia Theater on October 23 and the IEC Pavilion in Cebu City on October 25. The concert is presented by Concert Republic.

    Originally a quartet, A1 now consists of Ben Adams, Mark Read and Christian Ingebrigsten and had their first breakthrough in the UK in 1999. They achieved massive success in the UK, Europe and across Asia, including a Brit Award for “Best British Act” in 2001 and with 5 studio albums and a greatest hits, they have totted up over 10 million record sales worldwide.

    TLC (topmost) and SWV are among the most successful female R&B groups in music history

    TLC (topmost) and SWV are among the most successful female R&B groups in music history

    ‘TLC and SWV’
    This will be the ultimate ‘90s throwback as popular females groups TLC and SWV come together in one concert this November 6 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    If you mention TLC, a slew of hits would come to mind: “No Scrubs”, “Waterfalls”, “Creep”, “Diggin’ On You”, “Unpretty”, “I Miss You So Much”, “Dear Lie”, “Damaged” and “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg” among others.

    Formed in Atlanta in 1991, TLC captured the world’s attention with their sassy attitude, sophisticated R&B feel and socially conscious lyrical style. Originally comprised of Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and rapper Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, the trio is largely considered one of the most important and successful female R&B groups of all time. Lopes died in a car crash in 2002 and after that Watkins and Thomas chose to carry on as a duo.

    In 1994, TLC broke records with their multi platinum album CrazySexyCool that went on to sell over 11 million copies in the US alone and won a Grammy for Best R&B Album, which included chart-topping hits such as “Creep” and “Waterfalls.”

    TLC’s highly anticipated third album, FanMail, was released in 1999 to rave reviews, and like its predecessor, took home the Album of the Year and Best R&B Album. “No Scrubs” won Record of the Year and “Unpretty” won Best Video. They released their fourth album 3D in 2002. The group is slated to release a brand new album in 2017.

    Those who grew up in the 90s would definitely not forget SWV’s sentimental hits “Weak”, “Right Here”, “You’re Always On My Mind”, “Someone” and “Can We” to name a few.

    SWV, acronym for Sisters With Voices, is comprised of three school friends Cheryl “Coko” Gamble, Tamara “Taj” Johnson, and Leanne “Lelee” Lyons—burst into the scene in the early ’90s. The group released a brand-new single entitled, MCE (Man Crush Everyday), which appears on their latest album “Still.”

    Presented by Music Management International (MMI Live), tickets will be available starting September 17.

    American alternative rock band The Calling

    American alternative rock band The Calling

    ‘The Calling: Wherever You Go’
    American rock band The Calling is be best known for its song “Wherever You Will Go,” which is so popular that it seems to be on everyone’s videoke’s playlist.

    Fronted by Alex Band, the band was formed in 1999 and released two albums: Camino Palmero (2001) and Two (2004). Their other hits include “Adrienne”, “Could It Be Any Harder”, “Our Lives”, “Things Will Go My Way” and “Anything”.

    Presented by Subterranean Ideas, The Calling Wherever You Will Go Live In Manila will happen on November 11 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

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    Now here’s the plus, this time for the millennials.

    After invading Manila in 2014 for his Armin Only Intense Manila, two years after, world renowned DJ and electronic producer Armin van Muuren returns with Armin Only Embrace to be held on November 25 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

    Armin Only Embrace will be a five-hour long experience in which world’s are linked by live performances, dance acts, visuals, special effects and, above all, by the five-time No. 1 DJ in the world, Van Muuren. Together with his team, the DJ brings a next level experience to the world, something that is completely new to the dance scene. He will end the night with a special vinyl hour.

    It will focus on van Muuren’s sixth and most recent studio album Embrace. The legendary DJ’s spectacular show is also a special in that it features different music styles. Artists and bands including Kensington, Mr. Probz, Eric Vloeimans and Cimo Frankel are part of the tour.

    The show is presented by Heineken and produced by MCA Music.

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