They were finished with Hong Kong and Taipei. This time, it was Manila's time to welcome Taka [vocals], Toru [guitars], Ryota [bass], and Tomoya [drums] as they perform their hits from their album 35XXXV Deluxe edition.
As early as 11.00 am, fans started to line up outside the concert venue. Mind you, we weren't able to go inside the arena until 7.00 in the evening and the show didn't started until 8.30!
I arrived at the MoA Arena grounds at 3.30 pm and saw that there are lines already. I checked first where can I get my pre-ordered ONE OK ROCK shirts and claimed it. Then when I saw that there was a beanie being sold as well, I lined up to buy only to find out that it was already sold-out.
|Time check: 4.08 pm|
|People started to sit down while waiting for gates to open|
|People on-line again before entering the concert venue|
Here are some unposted photos that I took right before the concert started:
|Guess who's excited? :D|
|Signature pose lol :P|
If you are lost with the setlist just as I was during the concert itself, here are the songs that they played before the Filipino audience, as per AnimePH [intro and inserts were added]:
1. 35XXXV [Introduction]
2. Take Me To The Top
4. Deeper Deeper -from JinseixBoku
5. Stuck in the Middle
6. Clock Strikes -from JinseixBoku
7. Last Dance
7.1. Toru, Tomo, and Ryo's solo instrumentals
8. Cry Out
12. The Beginning -from JinseixBoku
13. Mighty Long Fall
14. Wherever You Are -from Niche Syndrome
15. No Scared -from Zankyo Reference
16. Kanzen Kankaku Dreamer -from Niche Syndrome
Most of the songs were from their album 35XXXV Deluxe Edition unless otherwise stated.
It is to be noted that the Manila set was just as same as the Taipei set. Also, I was informed that during their HK leg, the band didn't play any encore song. I have to further check on this.
I had a great time watching them perform and listening to them live. Their prowess didn't change; it's as if you're listening to their albums. The only thing that was saddening about this event was that there are some who didn't follow Amuse Inc.'s instructions of no recording of any sort and no light paraphernalia to be used. Here's the complete instruction for Manila and Bangkok leg of the Asian Tour:
Going back to my experience, it was hell great! I admit I do not recall lyrics of some of the songs that they played that night, I was glad that I was part of their iconic performance here in Manila. I captured some photos that immortalized how awesome that night, the crowd, and the band was.
I only captured some nice pics as everyone was going wild and crazy with the band. We were all jumping and shouting and screaming out loud!
Mind you, when they started playing the intro for Heartache, most of us brought out our phones to form a sea of lights, as shown below:
僕の心を唯一満たして去ってゆく君が 僕の心に唯一触れられる事ができた君は during Heartache, most of the people put out and held their phones up high then opened up their flashlights for instant lightstick. also, @10969taka was so surprised that everyone was singing along to it in Japanese. yes Taka-san, we love Heartache so much even thou it's a sad song. #oneokrockliveinmanila #oneokrock #35xxxv
You can check out Toru's IG post as well. He captured the most beautiful photo of Manila's Sea of Lights during HEartache:
For more awesome photos during Manila leg of 35XXXV Asia Tour, I suggest you head to the concert's official Photographer Julenphoto's FB Page.
I will definitely watch them again once they come back here in Manila. If ever I get the chance to watch them as well in other places [just like if I happen to be in Tokyo], I'd definitely buy their concert ticket and merchandise!
Would I recommend this band to my friend? a big yes! Should I push them to buy tickets to watch ONE OK ROCK? I will definitely! If they are into a band that's full of energy and at the same time has a soul on their performance, ONE OK ROCK is definitely a band to look for!
Will leave you with Taka's IG Post of how incredible the Manila crowd was while I listen to the concert set list all over again #postconcertdepression.
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