British-Norwegian group a1 is expected to churn out their familiar tunes at their Manila concert on the evening of February 25, 2012. But one thing their Pinoy fans should look forward to is their new, exciting rendition of their smash hit “Like A Rose,” which arguably is their biggest song in the ears of fans this side of the globe.
Member Ben Adams who wrote “Like A Rose” is thrilled to announce their performance of the said version. “We have just updated it for a brand new version for 2012, which was amazingly fun to do! Very excited for you all to hear it!”
He recalled, “I wrote it when I was 16 years old on my old upright piano at my parents house. I haven’t told anyone this really as most people assume it’s a love song, but it was actually originally written for my mom!”
A1 started making a big splash when their first single, “Be the First to Believe,” entered the UK charts at #6 in early 1999. They had a huge amount of success worldwide with two #1s and eighty top 10 hits. Some of their other hits are “Take On Me”, “Ready or Not / Everytime”, “Same Old Brand New You”, “Caught in the Middle” and “Make It Good”. Their newest single After All It’s Christmas is currently being played on top radio stations in Manila. Watch out for their new album which will be released soon under MCA Music.
Joining a1 for the Wilbros Live February concert at Smart Araneta Coliseum are contemporaries Blue and Jeff Timmons, lead vocalist of the now defunct 98 Degrees. Fans can expect for these guys to sing their biggest hits and surprise cuts in the triple-treat concert dubbed “The Greatest Hits Tour: Blue, Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees and a1 – Live in Manila 2012.”
Asked about his favorite 98 Degrees song, Timmons, who has remained faithful to his group’s tracks even as a solo performer, noted, “Out of all the hits, Invisible Man is my favorite. It is the most soulful of our radio songs, and it was the first song we ever heard of ourselves on the radio.”
He added, “We recorded “I Do” in Nashville with mega-producer Keith Thomas. I remember being there right after finding out about my ex-wife being pregnant with our daughter.”
The group’s unforgettable R&B, soul, urban and contemporary pop sound lives on especially with major hits like “Because of You”, “The Hardest Thing”, and “My Everything”.
The English vocal group Blue comprised of Simon Webbe, Lee Ryan, Duncan James and Antony Costa, is set to paint the town red by singing live their hits such as “All Rise”, “Too Close”, “If You Come Back”, “Fly By”, “One Love”, “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word”, “Guilty”, and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours).”
For ticket inquiries, contact TicketNet Box Office at 911-5555 or Wilbros Live at 374-2222.