British Invasion One-Night Show in Manila, Philippines


MANILA, Philippines - For music enthusiasts of any genre and age, the British Invasion of the Ď60s show is a canít-miss proposition at the Newport Performing Arts Theater of Resorts World Manila on May 11 with six bands performing in a one-night show thatís guaranteed to rock the stage like The Beatles used to. While the British Invasion started in 1963, it wasnít until two years later that the UK bands began to dominate the airwaves, claiming 13 of the 26 chart toppers of the Billboard Hot 100. Leading the charge were The Beatles with five No. 1 hits in 1965. There were hundreds of bands that emerged from the so-called Beat Boom era and six are coming to Manila in the last stop of a world tour billed as the British Invasionís 50th Anniversary.

In the show are The Searchers' original lead singer, Mike Pender, Spencer Davis, The Tremeloes, The Troggs, Marmalade and The Animals. Resorts World is producing the extravaganza and hooked up with Redstone to promote the event. Redstone has brought The Zombies, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Village People, Bootleg Beatles and ABBAmania, among others, to the country so its history of dealing with classic acts is extensive. "This is a dream come true,Ē said Redstoneís Rajan Gidwani. "Six top British Invasion acts will be on the same stage on the same night. I doubt if this will ever be repeated in the Philippines so itís a chance of a lifetime to catch these musicians perform the hits that have endured for over 50 years."

Pender, 74, was The Searchersí lead vocalist on the 1964 hits Needles And Pins and Donít Throw Your Love Away. In 1966, the Liverpool native came to Manila to perform at the Araneta Coliseum but hasnít since been back. Two other Searchers, John McNally and Frank Allen, have returned here twice but without Pender. When Pender left The Searchers in 1984, he formed his own band which was called Mike Penderís Searchers. Pender is known for his strong vocals and the jingle-jangle sound of his 12-string Rickenbacker.

Davis, 75, was the leader of the Spencer Davis Group that took the charts by storm from 1963 to 1967 although it was teenaged Steve Winwood who commanded attention with his soulful vocals and the stirring beat of his Hammond organ. Winwood eventually split from Davis to form Traffic and later, joined Blind Faith before embarking on a successful solo career. Davis soldiered on with a reformed band performing hits like Somebody Help Me, Keep On Running and Iím A Man.

The Tremeloes started as a back-up group for vocalist Brian Poole in 1958 and came into their own in 1966 with a string of hits including the Cat Stevens composition Here Comes My Baby, Suddenly You Love Me and Silence Is Golden. Original drummer and vocalist Dave Munden, 71, remains with the group. Heís now backed by bassist Jeff Brown, Mike Gillingham on keyboards and Ian Twynham on lead guitar.

 (The Philippine Star)