WE YELL LIKE HELL TO THE HEAVENS: JAPANDROIDS IN MANILA.

Japandroids Live in Manila
Celebration Rock Tour
Hard Rock CafeĀ 
August 19, 2013

THE SET LIST:

1. “Adrenaline Nightshift”
2. “The Boys are Leaving Town”
3. “Fire’s Highway”
4. “Wet Hair”
5. “Art Czars”
6. “The Nights of Wine and Roses”
7. “Rockers East Vancouver”
8. “Younger Us”
9. “Evil’s Sway”
10. “Continuous Thunder”
11. “Heart Sweats”
12. “Sovereignty”
13. “Young Hearts Spark Fire”
14. “The House That Heaven Built”
15. “For the Love of Ivy”

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How can it be possible to articulate the feelings I had on this night? Where do I start? Do I begin with my fascination with Post-Nothing or with that afternoon when I first heard Celebration Rock and I wanted to grab any one to listen to it right then and there? Should I describe those days when I was dreaming of watching them live and sharing those insane thoughts with Ali? How we planned to go to Hong Kong in January and almost got there? How we just contented ourselves by making up conversations as if we were really there and keeping at it until the concert night itself? How that Hong Kong gig made me sad because prior to that I had been sending emails to Brian and David and they replied more than once? And that exchange of messages was triggered by my absence at Laneway last year where they played? And when this dream finally came into being, amid the heavy downpour and waist-deep flood in Manila, despite my utter poverty that I even struggled to get to Makati, how do I put into words the exhilaration I felt after this night? How it peaked countless times on almost every song, how I took pleasure in every pain I felt every time I slammed my body on someone else’s, how I sounded mad in every shout I shouted, how I wanted to hug every person in the venue, how I captured life in every blurred photo I snapped? How can I speak coherently of that moment when I got to meet David after the show and I mumbled words of appreciation and he just smiled and I melted, and when Lin and Ian and I asked for a photograph he was very nice despite feeling tired, and when he signed my album he didn’t forget to write my name on it? Where do I find the words? And when we went to Brian, who’s very tall, we did the same thing except that with him I got to say, “Hey Brian, can I ask for a hug?” and Brian said yes and he gave me a hug and the boys in line laughed at what I did? Tell me, how do I give justice to such memory without betraying the exact joy I felt? Then we went back to David and Lin told him that we forgot something. . . “we forgot a hug” and he gave both of us a warm hug and how come the creepiness of that thought always makes me smile? Where do I end these questions? How can I make you understand that this was one of the happiest and craziest and wildest nights of my life because I felt so alive and at that time it felt so good to be alive? How come a hug has become so important that I asked for it a lot? How can I end this without telling you that now it’s no longer about having seen Japandroids live but having felt that life can be terribly sweet and kind? How can I say this without sounding too sentimental? How can I listen to their songs again and not feel differently? How can I not be silly? How can I?

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