Regine fan concert review . .
" Two for the Knight "
by RVML mbr 2net
It has long been a practice in the Philippine entertainment industry
to hold joint concerts of male and female acts during the Valentine
season. The concept is always to let the singers sing solo songs
then romantic duets. What changes is the combination of singers.
Through the years, they have invited foreign acts to add excitement
and variety. However, those acts are usually not that popular or young
anymore when they get to have a Valentine show here. This is where
"Two for the Knight" differs from the rest and/or the past shows.
Brian McKnight and Regine Velasquez, two of the most popular
singers in their parts of the world at present, topbill "Two for the
Knight." Because of this new and interesting combination, the
venue was filled to the rafters.
The show started with a video of Brian entering a motorcycle
racing competition where he got injured. He was taken to the
hospital and he went into a long process of recovery. Then Brian
emerged onstage wearing blue long sleeves and jeans. In his
opening salvo, he sang a medley of his fast songs that included
"You Could be the One." He was playing the guitar so obviously,
he used a head microphone. I think it would have been better if
he used the hand microphone because he did not sound that good
using the head set. The crowd got amused when his guitarist lied
on the floor and crisscrossed his legs in the air while playing near
the end of the medley. After singing, he greeted the audience and
talked about what we were celebrating - Valentine's Day. He
proceeded to do his ballads to set the romantic mood:
"The Only One for Me" (?) and "Biggest Part of Me."
The keyboard was soon placed at the center of the stage
and a chair beside it. Brian went to his place at the back
of the keyboard then Regine entered at the side wearing a
one-sided, brown, short dress. Seeing her, people got so
excited, many shrieked. Brian said that before going here,
he knew that Regine is a talented singer. But, he believed it
even more when they got to rehearse for the show. So he felt
that he was such a lucky man to sing with Regine. Regine was
just smiling hearing that. They first did "Love Is" (by Brian and
Vanessa Williams). Everytime they belted, people shouted.
When they finished, Brian blurted "Wow" in awe of Regine.
He asked "how can you sing like that?" The ever humble
Regine threw the question back to him, "How about you -
you play the piano, the guitar, you sing..." Then Brian told her
that she was on top of the list of the most talented people that
he has worked with. He added, "I'm going out on a limb here
in saying that if ever you need someone to write a song for you,
I'll write for you..."
Regine thanked him and had this big smile. The audience was
the one thrilled for her. Immediately, they sang "Whenever You
Call" (by Brian and Mariah Carey). I think their blending here
was better than in their first duet. Brian went backstage
after the song.
Regine started her set with the first single of the "Reigne" album
that she's currently promoting - "To Reach You." Without pausing
for a spiel, she sang "(I've Had) the Time of My Life" ( from
"Dirty Dancing" ). This song was a hint of what was to come
from Regine. She sang movie themes: "Never Too Far," the
medley ("Ikaw," "Pangako" and "Kailangan Ko'y Ikaw") from her
"Regine at the Movies" concert, "Hanggang Ngayon" and "Go the
Distance." In "Never Too Far," she definitely showed her vocal
prowess. She was given a thunderous applause for that. Before
doing "Hanggang Ngayon," she called Richard Gomez who was
sitting at the front row with his wife (Lucy). Richard stood and
wave to the crowd. Then Regine did "Hanggang Ngayon" alone.
The solo version turned out to be softer or gentler than the duet.
Honestly, I like the solo version than the duet. To make the show
lively, she sang the disco medley she first did in the "Retro"
concert. I was disappointed that the crowd was KJ (kill joy). A
crowd that big would have had so much fun in that kind of medley.
Instead, the people just sat down, they were like stones.
Nevertheless, they liked the medley so they gave her a big round of
applause. Before ending her part with a show-stopping rendition of
"Go the Distance," she introduced the members of the band
and told them how proud she was of them because they could play
as well as a foreignband. It was quite apparent that her last song
was "Go the Distance" because she was already thanking the crowd
for being there. When Regine's part ended, there was a momentary
lull since Brian and his band went onstage.It was like they were starting
the concert by showing a video of Brian riding a motorcycle. Brian
appeared with 2 dancers wearing black pants, coat and a hat and a
white shirt. He did a fast song and danced alongside the dancers.
He took of his coat and hat then called a girl (Erica) onstage. He
sang for her "Stay" and "Superhero." He escorted the girl to the side
and then disappeared. The band already started "Anytime" when
Brian entered from the back of the crowd. He shook hands with the
crowd on his way to the stage while singing. He wanted us to sing
with him the line "I miss you." It did not work because the tune he
gave us was not that simple. Soon after, he got his guitar and he
started playing "6, 8, 12" with 2 other guitarists at his side. To lighten
the mood, he did "My Kind of Girl" where Justin Timberlake (of 'Nsync)
sang with him on video. That got the crowd clapping a little. The
keyboard was placed again at the center and Brian talked about
himself a little. He revealed that he started playing the piano at 15
in jazz bars. He gave us a sample with "What's It Gonna Be." There
was a dancer wearing a white suit and hat with a trumpet on her hand
who showed her skill while Brian played. She was like tap dancing
and also doing Michael Jackson steps. Then Brian launched to "Still"
- the new single of his "Super-hero" album. What followed was the
first song of his that became a hit here in the country - "One Last Cry."
Obviously, the people went nuts. After the song, Brian shouted
"Thank you, Manila!" But of course, he could not leave without
singing "Back at One." I thought that it would be a capella
because they used a recorded voice of Brian for the intro..
They changed the arrangement a bit so the people did not know
if they would sing along or not. Brian was given a standing
ovation, he waved to the crowd then left the stage.
Performance-wise, Brian was really great. Up to the end,
his voice sounded excellent. He is fond of extending the high
notes. He can be the male version of Regine. Regine also gave
a good performance considering the fact that she is overworked.
However, with the songs... Brian's repertoire was more suited for a
small or intimatevenue. Only a few of his songs connected to the
crowd. I saw a couple of people dozing off when he was doing his
songs. Regine's a seasoned performer here, she knew what songs
would work in a big venue so most of her songs were well-received.
When I was going home, I realized that I should have told the others
the text message I received from a friend of mine who got to see
the show the previous night: "Enjoy the show but don't expect
too much from it."
2net : )
Brian's band: He did not introduce them.
Musical director and 1st keyboard: Raul Mitra
lead guitar: Cesar Aguas
bass guitar: Soc Mina
2nd keyboard, saxophone and flute: Dix Lucero
drums: Niņo Regalado
back-up vocals: Cecille, Sushi,
Manolo and Zebedee
Sat, 16 Feb 2002
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