Tuesday, November 27, 2012

REKINDLED ED KOWALCZYK: LIVE AND ALIVE (First of three parts) (May 04, 2012)

Nights before clouds spoiled the Super Moon, we caught two big stars.

Or, should we say, two big moons?

Not because of the back-to-back bald vocalists.

But because of their effect on human behavior.

The magic word for it was lunatic!

And that phenomenon was called Vertical Horizon and Live’s Ed Kowalczyk Live in Manila.

Well, the Smart Araneta crowd was a bit smaller, compared to, say, Mad for Music, when we watched last 29 March with our son, Wika, who was convinced by his sponsor mom, Ellay, that he could be of help --
to the Ateneo Law School scholarship programs as well as WaterHope -- via our trip down memory lane with Vince Bueno, Billy Crawford, Geneva Cruz, Pops Fernandez, Nikki Gil, Isabella Gonzales, Jeffrey Hidalgo, Kris Lawrence, and Kuh Ledesma, Rage Band, Spirit of ‘67, and Basil Valdez!

However, the Ovation Productions and Chris Hardin Entertainment’s offering last 28 April was crazier! We should to know. Earlier that day, we witnessed a craze. 

It was in the form of our eldest and youngest daughters -- Psalma and Sulat respectively -- who were so starstruck that they were ready, willing, and capable of beating the global warming heat, between SM Hypermart and Warehouse, just to be one of the first 300, among the young and the restless fans, to grab their prized possessions: One Direction Yearbook Edition Album, One Direction lanyard, and One Direction poster, plus one ticket to the One Direction Live Tour DVD official launch and fan party on the first week of June 2012!

All the while, we thought the screaming and crying and collapsing Beatlemaniacs were as extinct as a dodo, nowadays, until we really saw the Gen Next, or Gen Text, of girl power personified at SM City North Edsa – the largest mall in the country and third in the world!

That Na Na Na moment at The Block’s Astroplus per se prepared us, in a way, when Arch. Santiago Diokno invited us to the said concert of Ed K., not Katindig but Kowalczyk.

Kidding aside, we first heard of him through the hit song Enter The Drama popularized by Live, via a 1994 video of Woodstock, where Ed appeared like a Buddhist monk, skinny and skinhead, with a queue ponytail!

Now, 18 years after, we were honored to meet and greet this so-called alternative rock star.

Live is dead, but alive is Ed.

At first, we mistook him for Matt Scannell, who confessed -- as if singing Best I Ever Had to the ever-reactive, and ever-interactive audience -- that the only Filipino dish he would die for: ADOBE!

Anyway, the Spiritual Journeyman in Ed found a full circle, like our Big Dome, of its own through his new band and new album -- Alive -- recently released with a debut single Grace:

You were wrong!
There was grace!
You saw the enemy,
I saw your face.
People like you and I
spinning through space.
You were wrong!
There was grace!
You were wrong,
But I still have faith...

This song, by the way, was inspired not by the hate blogs written by his former bandmates, who sold 20 million albums, with Ed as their singer and songwriter.

But by the earthquake in Haiti in 2010.

We can adopt it, though, as an anthem – nationally after Thrilla in NAIA or internationally before war could erupt from claiming our Panatag Shoal or Bajo de Masinloc from those who called it Huangyan Island or the entire Philippines a part of China -- to empower us against naysayers, also known as NegaStars, and  energize our world which will end supposedly on 21 December 2012!

Vim Nadera: What made you decide to go solo?
Ed Kowalczyk: It was simply time for me to move on as an artist and a performer. I had been doing things the same way for so long that it had just become a drag and I was in need of new challenges and opportunities.

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