I rarely go to Eastwood City for the plain reason of inconvenience. I would have to pass through the narrow and traffic-ridden Crame and then negotiate a U-turn in Libis that allows only one car to pass through at any given time. Tonight, it took us 20 minutes to reach Libis, but 30 minutes to pass through that darn U-turn. I'm surprised the Megaworld people haven't noticed that problem. Maybe they already have enough business from the Marikina and Pasig people. Oh well, even if I lived just across at Green Meadows, the thought of having to fight through that U-turn just to have coffee at Eastwood would not be worth the effort.
But tonight, we had to be there because Daughtry was performing. Vic was the kontrabida tonight because he could not believe I would spend so much on tickets on an American Idol contestant. Frankly, I do not really care about AI, Daughtry's music just appealed to me and him being a contestant was just incidental, and maybe was his ticket to the big time. Of course, as soon as the night ended, Vic was quite impressed with Daughtry's performance, a far cry from Chris' timid days at AI.
Last year, around this time, I asked my piano teacher to help me play 'Home', a song that just grew on me the more I heard it. That was after I mastered, the High School Musical theme, 'Your Are the Music in Me'. I think the appeal of Chris Daughtry is to make his music and lyrics accessible to people - none of the angst common among his younger peers, nothing subversive like Marilyn Manson - but in my opinion, a more edgy pop-rock sound with lyrics that appeal to an emotional level to most people.
The seats in the venue were placed pretty close to each other. I was actually wondering how we would be enjoying the show as the seats were really really close to each other. Also, it was done in open air, so it was pretty warm, but due to the rains yesterday, it was not humid, it was good evening warm weather. Byy the second song, Daughtry asked everyone to stand so the problem was solved, as I asked Vic to stand on my seat, so there would be space for me to move. Celebrities, well, two basketball players were there from our generation - Jeffrey Carioso (he looked heavyset already) and Benjie Paras (he still looked yummy as ever and he's 4 years older than me - it's so unfair!)
Of course, the fun did not end there. Our exit just happened to be very near the exit of the band too, so we behaved like real fans and waited for the band to come out, which they did in about 20 minutes. Well, ladies, Chris is not tall at all. I am even taller than him, to Vic and my surprise. The only guy in the band taller than me was one of the guitarists. Oh well.....he had the voice...and the presence though. Like most bands and foreign acts who come here, the rousing audience appreciation has certainly moved Daughtry too. I guess one reason why Avril Lavigne and Alicia Keys are coming back for the second time here is precisely I guess the wonderful audience response they got first time they came here. You can't fake that.