2 years after APO, Jim says 'I want to continue'

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 07 2012 05:05 PM | Updated as of Sep 08 2012 06:42 AM

Jim Paredes to stage first solo concert

MANILA, Philippines -- Famed for being one-third of the iconic musical trio APO Hiking Society, singer Jim Paredes is intent on being the "newest old" solo artist in the country.

According to Paredes, the other two-thirds of APO Hiking Society won't be making a guest
appearance at his first solo concert. "Hindi sila kasama. It's very hard. If you invite just one,
sasabihin nila bitin, so hindi na muna," he said.

"I miss performing, and I have new songs, so sabi ko, 'I want to continue.' Bahala na," Paredes told ABS-CBN News on Thursday.

"I'm not ready to retire, so I tell myself, 'You know what, I'm the newest artist, I'm the newest old solo artist in the Philippines," he added.

In December 2009, Paredes, along with APO members Boboy Garovillo and Danny Javier, announced their retirement as a group, before performing in their last series of shows in early 2010.

"When APO ended two years ago, gusto ko pa eh," Paredes said.

One-man act

To stage his solo combeack "in a large way," the veteran singer will hold his first solo concert, titled "Live, Laugh and Sing" at the Resorts World Manila on October 11.

"I did a solo concert in Cebu, but it wasn't much publicized. When I did that, I knew I could do it," Paredes said of his plans of having a solo career.

For his first major outing as one-man act -- "a very personal concert" -- Paredes said he will perform new music, but not without adopting the tried and tested "APO formula."

"I will sing songs that are familiar, as well as new stuff, which are engaging enough even if you hear it for the very first time -- I promise you that.

"I'll be doing strange songs to me, which are like American Top 40, with a twist, so that's kind of different for me," he said.

"I can't escape the APO formula of delight and surprise, which is really for me, great entertainment. I will try do that," Paredes added.

At 61, the music icon "can't be stopped" from contributing to Original Pilipino Music (OPM) amid heightened competition from its international counterpart.

"This is what I love to do, and nothing can stop me from doing it. I just hope enough people are interested. Whether they're interested or not, gagawin ko naman talaga eh," he said. "So I might as well just do it in a pretty large way."