Richard Marx, singing solo in Manila…

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Richard Marx at the Kia Theater in an intimate acoustic solo performance that had the audience gracefully eating out of his hand. I love these acoustic shows, there’s no hiding behind lots of pomp and circumstance, the performers vocals aren’t masked and shine with just basic instrumentation, which is sometimes lost in over-the-top productions.
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What made this one so memorable, was the simplicity of it all. No extravagant light show, or grandiose stage design, just a display of grouped candles on podiums, some chairs, monitors and a piano, basically just a man and his music.

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A multi-instrumentalist, he also sat at the piano for a few tracks, interestingly performing songs that most folks didn’t even know he’d written for other artist. Mesmerising the crowd with the hit, “Dance with my Father”, made famous by the late great Luther Vandross.

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Another stand-out was the song, “Save Me”, which he sang along with his three musically gifted sons, they couldn’t be there with him but they performed in unison with the video track on the large screen shown behind. Although not physically present, you could feel the bond he has with his boys, I’d like to see more of that, a family band indeed.

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At one point in the show, Richard was struggling with his electric hook-up, and rather than continue to figit with it, he simply ‘unplugged’. Singing without a microphone or amplifier for his guitar; a decision not for the faint of heart. You don’t see this very often, Tony Bennett and Pat Monahan of Train, come to mind. And is usually only attempted in an acoustically friendly venue, such as the Kia theater, a special intimate moment for the fans attending. He nailed it!
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Sending out a special thanks to the folks over at Midas Promotions…

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