Rocking with Michael Johns Live in Manila 2008

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Wow. I just came back from Greenbelt 3 Park, where Michael Johns did his last show here in Manila (21 November 2008). I was so torn up that I couldn’t go to his show at Glorietta two days ago, but I had stuff to do. For some strange reason, I forgot to call to reserve a ticket beforehand – I guess I was sort of hoping that there weren’t that many people who would show up. At any rate, when I got there at around 6:30 pm, the tickets were sold out. Too bad. I had to find a spot at the balcony to see him.

I couldn’t believe it when he went on stage, because I was finally seeing him in person (albeit from quite a distance). He was my favorite Idol last season and I was torn up when he was eliminated so early in the game. I’m such a huge fan of American Idol, and he’s the first Idol I’ve seen (“not the Idol, just… an” as he once said about himself).

The problem was that my parents borrowed my camera yesterday, so I had no choice but to bring my old camera, which suddenly died on me even though the batteries were new. There’s something wrong about it but I haven’t bothered to have it checked yet. Sheesh. And to top it all off, both my mobile phones died on me too, so I wasn’t able to take one single picture or video.

I also forgot to list down the songs he performed, but I really loved his song choice! Here are some of the songs I remember (not in any particular order). These are all classics.

Yellow by Coldplay
Wonderwall by Oasis
Plush by Stone Temple Pilots
Come Together by The Beatles
Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day
Purple Rain by Prince (encore)

These were the songs he performed which he also did in American Idol:

Don’t You (Forget About Me) by Simple Minds
It’s All Wrong But It’s All Right by Dolly Parton
Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
We Will Rock You / We Are the Champions by Queen

He also performed his original song, “Feelin’ Alright” which I think will be released as a single next year.

It’s weird though, when I checked YouTube for songs uploaded from his other perfomances here in Manila (in Trinoma, Alabang Center and Glorietta), it seems he sang The Doors’ “Light My Fire” and Pearl Jam’s “Daughter,” which I don’t remember him singing in Greenbelt earlier. I could be wrong though…

I do remember that he was a bit hoarse and his voice was strained. He’s probably not used either to the climate (he kept mentioning that it was very hot on stage) or to performing for four nights in a row. But he still did remarkably well, and you’d never think that he was tired. I was very much amused by the way he dances and how he moves around the stage.

My favorite performance were “Bohemian Rhapsody” (he only did the first part, until “Nothing really matters…”) and “It’s All Wrong But It’s All Right.” Those two were my favorites in American Idol, and they were my favorites live too.

Anyway, here’s a pretty good video of MJ in Glorietta singing “Wonderwall,” which he said is one of his favorite songs.

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