MANILA, Philippines - It was the epitome of the "elusive concert", one of the hottest new wave bands from the 80's but who never set foot in the Philippines, finally gave their tens of thousands of loyal Pinoy fans what they truly deserved on Sunday: one rocking concert they will never forget.
As local bands Sandwich and Pupil warmed up the crowd, the rumors of the one night only concert being sold out was looking quite clear, there was not a single empty seat in the Araneta Coliseum.
Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith took the stage and immediately got the whole crowd rocking with one of their many hit songs - Everybody Wants To Rule The World. The crowd was so into the song that at times one could barely hear the band's vocals due to the thousands who were singing along. (View video here)
The night progressed with that same high from start to finish and the feel of it being one giant karaoke party. The UK-based 80's group belted out almost all of their hits including Shout, Head Over Heels, Break It Down Again, Mad World, Sowing The Seeds Of Love, and Woman In Chains. The latter was an even bigger hit during the encore because the part of the female vocals originally sung by Oleta Adams was well done by a lesser known male back-up singer.
Orzabal took time to thank the awesome crowd for their reception in the country, and went on to admit how they had no idea what took the band so long to come to the Philippines when clearly, they had throngs of loyal fans. He went on to apologize for taking so long, and even went as far as calling it "a crime".
|No empty seats. The crowd at the Tears for Fears concert. Credit: TJ Manotoc, ABS-CBN News
Curt Smith, meanwhile, added that amidst the warm reception of their fans, even Pinoys in cyberspace made sure to welcome them in the country. Smith shared that he has not gotten as much replies on Twitter as he has lately from Filipinos.
The sellout crowd was a clear indication of how badly the fans of the band wanted to see them live.
Word got around that tickets were sold out as early as two weeks before the concert.
Several sources have shared to abs-cbnNEWS.com that an immediate repeat is in the works and likely to happen within the month.