I never knew who sang the songs I grew up to but when I heard it live at Playback Music Festival last February 10, I got right up and danced to One Love by BLUE.
Back in the day, my only favorite Stephen Speaks songs were Out of My League and Passenger Seat. But when I heard his opening 2014 hit Cold Feet at the PMF, it felt like I’ve been missing out for the longest time. He told the crowd he had cold feet before he decided to marry his wife. “Your love is walking away, you gotta go get her now, get her now. But your cold feet, your cold feet ask you to stay, but your love is walking away,” singer-songwriter Rockwell Ryan Ripperger sang.
The festival was an ode to the 1990’s and early 2000’s wherein homegrown bands and some of the biggest international acts of the time such as MYMP, Moonstar88, Rivermaya, Stephen Speaks, Sixpence None the Richer’s Leigh Nash, Vertical Horizon, and BLUE came together to rock the world of the Filipino pvblic.
Classic hits 90’s kids used to sing to like Rivermaya’s Liwanag sa Dilim and Kisapmata were sung in a crowd of enthusiastic fans, while fans jammed out to the heavenly acoustic love songs of Stephen Speaks such as Out of My League and the 2001 hit Passenger Seat – standard songs you’d never skip.
The American pop band also performed All These Things and Plain White T’s Hey There Delilah.
“I wrote a song for redemption – wrote it for people who’re going through a hard time,” Stephen Speaks’ Ripperger said as he proceeded to sing A Life to Fight.
Afterwards, Leigh Nash from Sixpence None the Richer kicked it off with a tribute to The Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan by singing Dreams. “I hate that Dolores O’Riordan is gone … it breaks my heart but I wanted to pay that little tribute to her,” she said afterwards.
The pixie-like singer later proceeded to sing The State I’m In, repping her hometown Texas and then Need to Be Next To You, which she hasn’t “performed in 17 years.”
“Please let me come back and see you again. I love you!” she told her adoring crowd.
She ended her set with a fan favorite – Kiss Me.
Vertical Horizon took the stage after a 40 minute interval and gave us a rock show to remember starting with Broken Over You. Frontman Matt Scannell told the crowd after playing Send It Up and We Are: “Salamat po. If you want to sing me happy birthday, I’m not sad about that at all. That won’t make me sad at all.”
“Okay sing it to me,” Matt says. He sang along to the crowd’s Happy Birthday song, getting a surprise cake from the Playback Music Festival crew on stage.
The band played a new song coming out this February 23 called I’m Gonna Save You which sounds a lot like Imagine Dragons and American Authors combined.
One notable song I’ve been hoping for was You’re a God and thankfully, they sang it. The Bruce Almighty fangirl in me had to jump along to the chorus with friends. Then the set had to end. But it’s not so bad, you’re just the best I ever had.
“You sound so beautiful tonight,” Matt told the crowd.
BLUE made us wait no longer because once they came out, they hyped people the most with nonstop dancing and singing with throwback songs we loved back in the day. Don’t even get us started on how hot these guys were with their synchronized moves, just goes to show you can teach an old dog new tricks.
Although a BLUE member had some technical difficulty with his microphone, the performances went on without a hitch. They sang Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word, If You Come Back, All Rise, and ended the concert altogether with One Love.