For one night only, fans of retro music gathered together at the Smart Araneta Coliseum to enjoy songs created by three music legends: award-winning group Kalapana, songwriter-producer Dennis Lambert, and California-based band Tower of Power.
The night opened up with Kalapana’s trademark songs like “Nightbird” and “The Hurt.” The Hawaiian group has been to the Philippines before and Filipinos definitely enjoy their kind of music, as evidenced with the enthusiastic applause after each and every performance.
The next performer Dennis Lambert followed up Kalapana’s energetic start with his own hits like “Hardcore Poetry,” “We Built This City” and “Of All The Things.”
The 70-year-old performer has a special affinity for the Philippines since his son’s documentary about Dennis’ success and eventual semi-retirement from the music industry led to the discovery of legions of Pinoy fans that still love his songs even decades after these came out.
Still Going Strong
Tower of Power’s special concert in Manila is part of their 50th anniversary tour. The band, which was formed back in 1968, has changed band members and vocalists through the years but the remaining members have managed to retain that distinctive soul sound to this day. That’s why music lovers still come in droves every time they perform.
The band’s founding members Emilio Castillo and Stephen “Doc” Kupka led the group of musicians who performed here in Manila. Aside from their classic hits, the band also introduced new songs to their audience, which were from their new album On the Soul Side of Town.
Marcus Scott, the band’s new vocalist, kept the energy high with the crowd as the band performed high-octane songs like “We Came To Play” and “You’re Still a Young Man.” And just like the title of this song, the three-hour concert brought back a lot of reminiscing for those who were in the crowd as listening to these songs brought back the time when they were still young men and women. Quite a lovely way to end a night filled with music.