Vertical Horizon dedicates song to Yolanda victims

By Karen Flores,

Posted at Jun 06 2014 10:33 AM | Updated as of Jun 06 2014 06:34 PM

Vertical Horizon dedicates song to Yolanda victims. Photo by Karen Flores,

MANILA - American alternative rock band Vertical Horizon dedicated a song to victims of super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) during their concert in Manila Thursday night.

Vocalist Matt Scannell said their song "Forever," which was originally dedicated to "a dear friend who passed away," is their tribute to the victims of Yolanda, which hit parts of southern Philippines last November.

Part of the song's lyrics went: "I don't know if you hear me there / When it's darkest and no one cares / I will hear you forever."

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Philippines," Scannell said moments before singing "Forever" before Filipino fans at the Newport Performing Arts Theater of Resorts World Manila.

Scannell, who has visited the Philippines thrice to hold concerts with Vertical Horizon, went on to praise the Philippines, particularly its culture, cuisine and people.

"The Filipino culture, the Filipino heart is so big. It's so special," he said.

Referring to the well-loved Filipino dishes kare-kare and lechon, he added: "[It's so good] The pork didn't stand a chance!"

During their Manila concert, Vertical Horizon performed their new songs such as "Lovestruck," as well as classic hits like "Best I Ever Had" and "Everything You Want," making the audience go wild.

During the encore, the band performed "You're A God," with audience members standing up and singing along until the end.

"We will be back. It's always a pleasure," Scannell said.