Review: Pinoy kindness inspires Snow Patrol

By Joko Magalong

Posted at Aug 10 2012 05:16 PM | Updated as of Aug 11 2012 01:17 AM

Snow Patrol is better listened to live than on record. Photo by Joko Magalong

MANILA, Philippines – Despite being plagued by stormy weather, Snow Patrol, the multi-platinum selling band from Ireland and Scotland, performed to a crowd of adoring Filipino fans on Thursday night (August 9) at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The band’s guitarist, Nathan Connolly, had said they are better listened to live than on record. And we agree! Snow Patrol’s sound has a certain energy in its live performances, a vivacity that was certainly unexpected as most of their songs are sweeping power ballads.

The band had the audience on their feet from the get-go with songs like “Open Your Eyes,” “Fallen Empires,” “Called Out In The Dark,” “Set Fire to the Third Bar,” “Crack the Shutters,” “New York” and “You’re All I Have,” as well as their popular hits “Run” and “Chasing Cars.”

At the start of the show, lead vocalist Gary Lightbody had nothing but kind words and appreciation for the Philippines and their fans. “I’ve never been in a place where I have seen such human kindness… an inspiration to the world,” he said.

The band lovingly dedicated the first encore, “Life-ning,” to the Filipino people.

“It’s an honor and privilege to play for you tonight. I offer this song with our deepest respect and sympathies to your country, as a healing gesture to those who have lost their homes, lives and families, for your grace and humanity,” Lightbody said.

A song about letting light into one’s life, the performance was one of the most touching and unforgettable moments of the night.

Marking the end of their first show in the Philippines with their recent hit “Just Say Yes,” Snow Patrol told the fans that they will never forget that night, and that they will return as soon as they can.

And to that we can do nothing but “just say yes.”

Snow Patrol also sold signed CDs at the entrance gate with proceeds of the sales to be donated to the flood victims.