Written and photographed
By Jude Bautista
UK’s hottest pop rock band LAWSON will have a free one night only concert in EASTWOOD Mall Open Park in Libis Q.C. tonight, April 9, 2013. And the MJ with the band is not a Michael Jackson impersonator but TV5’s MJ Marfori who interviewed the very young British band at the EASTWOOD RICHMONDE HOTEL yesterday.
MCA Music Mktg Dir. Wilson Cruz said the Araw Ng Kagitingan Holiday was perfect for the event with less traffic and the summer season ensured great weather throughout. The press con at the Eastwood Richmonde’s The Gallery Bar was also an opportunity for MCA Phil to award LAWSON the Gold CD, which translates to 7,000 + purchases both online and CDs in the Philippines.
Some fans already attended a meet and greet with LAWSON after purchasing VIP tickets at The Gallery Bar in EASTWOOD RICHMONDE HOTEL. Some of them even got to hug their favorite members. LAWSON is composed of lead vocalist Andy Brown, bassist Ryan Fletcher, lead guitarist Joel Peat and drummer Adam Pitts.
LAWSON’S album “Chapman Square” is now seated comfortably high on the album charts, currently climbing the iTunes charts too in UK and Asia. The band’s singles “Taking Over Me” and “STANDING IN THE DARK” are now certified hits and have both reached the Number 1 spot on Philippine Radio and Music Channels.
After receiving the Gold award from MCA Phils , Lead guitarist Joel Peat said, “It’s been pretty overwhelming for us not only in Manila but also in Singapore and Thailand. It’s a very proud moment for us that’s our first Gold award in Asia. We have to say thank you to our label for that.”
The band has not gotten the chance to see other places in the Philippines but would want to come back without touring and just check out the beaches. Drummer Adam Pitts said of his stay of which he’s not gotten out of the EASTWOOD RICHMONDE HOTEL yet, “It’s a lovely, lovely hotel it’s incredible. It’s the best one we’ve stayed in so far.” When asked which food Filipino food they’ve tried Pitts said, “We’ve heard of balut and we’d like to try it even if I’m a little bit scared.”
MEGAWORLD CITIBANK cardholders also had the privilege of attending the meet and greet that fans could access by buying tickets. They just needed to show their card at the Gallery Bar and get free tickets, which also cover a companion. The concert itself tonight at the Eastwood Open Park is free to the public.
Sponsors include: SMART, Myx, ETC channel, JACK TV, Barangay LS 97.1, 94.7 Mellow FM, Manila Concert Scene, Phil STAR, Odyssey Music and Video, ATSROPLUS, Philippine Concert, Business World, HerWord.com, 97.9 Home Radio, CHALK