An All Time High Moment To Remember
Pop-punk rockers All Time Low brought its energetic live show to the Smart-Araneta Coliseum for their Dirty Work Tour in Manila last September 22, 2011. Front-act Typecast took the stage with 6 songs and noticed that the crowd was not familiar with their music. After Typecast, the set change for All Time Low that took nearly 15 minutes.
The most requested band finally went up the stage with Art Of The State for the intro song and Do You Want Me (Dead?), as I expected the crowd went wild and definitely into it. PinoyHustlers looked at each other in amazement. The opening peformance was immediately followed with songs called Damned If I Do Ya (Damned If I Don’t) and Jasey Rae making the audience more energetic. It was clearly obvious how much it meant to Alex, Jack, Rian and Zack to be given the opportunity to play in Manila for the first time. They’re surprised for the reaction of the crowd and even said that ‘best show ever’. During the concert I noticed that there were moments I barely hear the live singing voice of Alex primarily because the bass and drums dominated the sounds. In spite of this, I have to say I was impressed with the amount of energy they gave to their Pinoy fans who waited for years to see them live, thanks to Dayly Entertainment and Ovation Productions for granting the request of Pinoy Hustlers. The band also performed Forget About It and Poppin’ Champagne and their latest single Time Bomb. Their sense of humor came through well on Guts, Six Feet Under The Stars and most especially on I Feel Like Dancin. Coffee Shop Soundtrack and Sick Little Games were the 10th and 11th song and still the band’s energy was superb. The crowd and band’s engagement was impressive as Alex and Jack moved around the stage, while the audience kept throwing bras to the stage and Alex kept repeating how much he loved Manila and wanted everyone to get crazy.
One of the highlights of the night was Alex Gasgarth’s solo acoustic performances with Therapy, Teenage Dream and crowd’s favorite Remembering Sunday. In these songs, I clearly noticed how good Alex Gaskarth’s voice in live accompanied by an accoustic guitar. All Time Low took a short break to prepare for their encore performances. They came back with a song called Lost In Stereo. All Time Low kept thanking the crowd and closed the show with an unstoppable, all time favorites and biggest singalongs were provided by Weightless and Dear Maria, Count Me In.
For a band who is relatively unknown to more mainstream music fans brought a good crowd at the venue. There were moments wherein the vocals was being drowned out by the music making it hard to hear the voice of Alex. The security for the audience was good enough especially for the kids/teens who watched the show. It was still a remarkable show because Dayly Entertainment and Ovation Productions gave their best to make album signing and concert both possible.