My favorite character from Advent Children is actually Tifa Lockhart, but unfortunately we don’t have her at home. I’ve played Advent Children on PSP but never got to finish it. Final Fantasy VIII would still be my very loved from the franchise; mainly because of all the romance surrounding Rinoa Heartilly and Squall Leonhart. Angel wings.
On this serving of my weekend playlist, decided to do something creative out of it to keep the mojo in me going. Wordplay of lyrics from the songs on my list:
1. Taken By Cars - A Weeknight Memoir 2. Up Dharma Down - We Give In Sometimes 3. Techy Romantics - Out Of My Mind 4. Joe Anderson - Hey Jude 5. 30 Seconds To Mars - Hurricane 6. Ten Second Epic - Windows 7. The Maine - Whoever She Is 8. Snow Patrol - Cartwheels 9. Motion City Soundtrack - Hello Helicopter 10. OK Go - This Too Shall Pass
Leaving this barren wasteland behind, I’m sailing towards the island of HOPE and HAPPINESS.
Shannon Leto’s used drumstick. Still unsure what to do with it. Think I’ll frame it. Maybe someday I’ll be able to work with 30 Seconds To Mars (album cover, print, web, shirt, decals, etc.). And have him personally autograph it. That would be epic awesomeness. Would fulfill one of my dreams, to design for musicians. We’ll get there.
Been present for three straight years already. Each year I was able to influence new sets of friends to come and join. Really worth coming to each year. Although cannot escape some occasions were there are boring and robotized speakers. Each year, the event just gets bigger.
Still nothing tops Stefan Sagmeister from GM09. Phunk Studio to me was the best last year. This year, should be a local hero illustrator/designer Dan Matutina. Mission accomplished when I was able to take picture with and shook the hand of the great CSJ89 Christian San Jose (fanboy mode). He said he’ll be one of the speakers next year, so can’t wait for that. Would definitely come!
It’s been some time since I’ve done illustrations. It’s either I’m busy or I already gave up sketching bodies which I dread the most. Or in my own words, “Minsan lang ako ma-inspire ng todo”. But recently I got inspired to pursue it again. Thought of a subject to illustrate and out of randomness, she happens.
Randomly picked a name and the one that came up was, Erica. It’s a name from an Incubus song entitled Isadore.
It’s been a while since I’ve done this stuff. Very refreshing. Never thought I could get one done in less than a day. Needs more practice and hopefully could develop my own style.
30 Seconds To Mars: Hurricane Mars Invasion Hits Manila
Early November last year, I was checking 30STM’s schedule and when I saw their route going to the pacific I already knew they will come here in the Philippines for the first time. The moment they announced and confirmed the show about four months ago, I had to get the closest tickets possible and I did.
July is rainy season in the country. We wished for no rain, but it rained anyway. But it never dampened our hopes for a great show. We lined up for 3 hours and stood a total of 7 hours to the end. Everyone sent their prayers that the rain would go away for a while. But it didn’t. Soaking wet and wearing raincoats, everyone braved the weather and waited for the start of the show. Nothing will stop this invasion.
Kudos to Kjwan, local band, for opening the show. Them going out and playing first, gave hope for a great show. Kudos to Marc Abaya for joining us under the rain.
The moment came, Shannon Leto came out with a rhythmic drum beat along with Tomo Miličević on the rift. Jared Leto entered with his majestic vocals as they started the show with Escape that let everyone wailing for “This is war!” followed by the explosive entry of A Beautiful Lie.
As always, it’s been Search and Destroy as the most craziest song to jump and scream to. I always watch their live performances on Youtube and never thought I would be part of it even for just one night. Now, it’s real!
Another great moment was when they played This Is War that delivered with big red balloons flying out of the stage onto the crowd.
Jared made us all smile when he said “Philippines, IKAW NA.” The most memorable moment for me is when Jared sang acoustic versions of Hurricane, perfect for the rain, and my favorite 30STM song Alibi. That made the night complete.
Some lucky fans were also called up to the stage by Jared himself followed by an emotional rendition of The Kill. Nearing the end of the show, Jared asked for a mosh pit and we delivered. We turned a song into a prayer. Yes, I’m talking about Closer To The Edge. Jumping and bumping into each other is liberating. Freedom. Brothers and sisters. A confetti of written messages filled the air with inspiring 30STM phrases and lyrics which includes the band’s motto: “Provehito In Altum” (Launch Forth Into The Deep). Aside from great music, they also deliver a message of love, peace and freedom.
They also played Attack, 100 Suns, Vox Populi, L490, and Night of The Hunter.
In their own signature way, they call up fans onto the stage for the closing song Kings and Queens. Envious of the lucky ones who were called up. But it’s ok. We enjoyed the night!
At the end, I was lucky enough to grabbed Shannon’s drum stick as he threw pairs of them onto the crowd. Epic awesomeness! More than happy.
The night before, Incubus wowed us with their performance at the biggest stage in the country. It ended up to be the hors d’oeuvre for the Mars Invasion. The venue might be a bit smaller, but it’s more alive. More epicness. More heartfelt. Definitely won’t be erased from our memories.
I thought nothing will supersede my Yellowcard experience. But these guys did. 30 Seconds To Mars delivered one heckuva show that had everyone in the world wishing they were there that night.
Can’t wait for them to come back again. There are rumors that they are near to calling it quits. Hopefully it’s not true. As their music touches more than what other bands do. Tired of hearing songs about broken hearts and uncharted dreams. 30 Seconds to Mars brings hope. This is war: for love, peace, and freedom. Jump and touch the sky!
From Mike Einziger’s epic gone wild “i’m-pissed-my-guitar-doesn’t-have-a-sound-so-i’ll-throw-this-junk-and-trash-these-amps” moment to start the show during Megalomaniac, ‘till the last note of Nice To Know You. My night was already completed when they played Glass, Promises Promises and Isadore. What I and everyone never expected was when they played I Miss You to start the encore. That made it even more than complete.
Upper B is not a good location for photography, but good enough for rocking to great music. You went to the show to listen to music, watch a great performance, and enjoy the moment; not to take videos and photographs. (Plus they only allow you to bring compact cameras, bummer.)