Ballads of the Past Back to Back to Back


October 18, 2013 – Three great balladeers of the 70s to 80s: Michael Johnson, Stephen Bishop and Joe Puerta performed their unparalleled hits together at the Big Dome. Titled as “Back to Back to Back”, the event turned out to be a jam-packed stage graced by a variety of talented local and international performers with a few bonuses here and there. The three-hour concert lingered with the songs that undeniably induced nostalgia among the crowd.

The evening was opened by two significant Filipino acts. First up were the classical pop tenor trio, The Angelos who performed a resounding rendition of “Anong Nangyari sa Ating Dalawa?” and Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are”.


Shortly after, one of the most enduring OPM bands, Side A, also took the stage to perform a set of their unforgettable hits including “Hold On”, “So Many Questions”, “Tell Me”, “Forevermore” and “Tuloy Pa Rin”. Their set received a warm reception from the crowd who sang along and cheered as they played one song after another.

When it was time for the main attractions of the evening, J. Michaels, the event’s host entered the stage along with his band, composed mainly of Filipino talents. The most notable in the band was Lara Cuevas whose rendition of “Sana Minsan Pa” has turned out to be a popular these days.


Michael Johnson, who is now 69 years of old, entered the stage in good spirits. He narrated that it was his third time in the Philippines and how there was coincidentally an earthquake every time. He joked, “I just want you to know it’s not my fault”, but on a more serious note, he extended his sympathies to those affected by the recent tragedy in Cebu and Bohol. With his characteristically mellow voice, he performed his well-loved hits “Doors”, “Bluer than Blue”, “This Night Won’t Last Forever” and “I’ll Always Love You”.


The quirky Stephen Bishop, who was dressed in a suit paired with bright yellow neon sneakers, was the next up onstage. It was his 9th time in the Philippines. His words of introduction were “on and balut!” which was his way of presenting his first song for the night, the 1977 hit “On and On”. He also played “Something New in My Life”, “Never Letting Go”, “Save It for a Rainy Day” and the all-time ballad “Separate Lives” which Stephen wrote for the movie “White Nights”. His last song was the Filipino crowd favorite “It Might Be You”.


The last performer for the evening was the bassist and vocalist of Ambrosia, Joe Puerta. With his versatile vocal range, he performed the Ambrosia songs “How Much I Feel”, “You’re the Only Woman (You & I)”, “I Just Can’t Let Go”, “Holding on to Yesterday” and “The Biggest Part of Me”.

Written by Sandra Mae Laureano

Photos by Glenn Michael Tan

Special thanks to Viva Live and Redstone Media Production


No Ticket Selling in the Comments Section. 0 thoughts on “Ballads of the Past Back to Back to Back”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Upcoming Concerts

September 2018 Concerts
Dua Lipa Live in Manila (Sep 14 @ MOA Arena)
Tiffany and Debbie Gibson Live in Manila (Sep 15 @ MOA Arena)
Shane Filan Live in Manila (Sep 15 @ Kia Theatre / Sep 16 @ SMX Davao)
Sharon Cuneta My 40 Years Concert (Sep 28 @ Araneta Coliseum)
Seventeen Live in Manila 2018 (Sep 29 @ MOA Arena)

October 2018 Concerts
Sam Smith Live in Manila (Oct 5 @ MOA Arena)
Day6 Live in Manila (Oct 6 @ Kia Theater)
Lea Salonga 40th Anniversary Concert (Oct 19 & 20 @ PICC Plenary Hall)
Panic! at the Disco Live in Manila (Oct 20 @ MOA Arena)
A1 Live in Manila and Cebu (Oct 21 & 22 @ Kia Theatre / Oct 25 @ Waterfront Cebu)
Kygo Live in Manila (Oct 25 @ MOA Arena)
Mariah Carey Live in Manila (Oct 26 @ Araneta Coliseum)
Calum Scott Live in Manila (Oct 30 @ Kia Theatre)

November 2018 Concerts
Khalid Live in Manila (Nov 2 @ Araneta Coliseum)
WINNER Live in Manila (Nov 10 @ MOA Arena)
Guns N’ Roses Live in Manila (Nov 11 @ Philippine Arena)
iKON Live in Manila (Nov 11 @ MOA Arena)
Aaron Carter Live in Manila (Nov 18 @ Kia Theatre)

December 2018 Concerts
The Weeknd Live in Manila (Dec 7 @ MOA Arena)

January 2019
Planetshakers Conference Manila (Jan 19 @ Araneta Coliseum)

Buy your Tickets Now!

Theater Play & Musicals

More soon!