Greatest Hits And Then Some - Manila, Philippines - November 7th, 1992
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Greatest Hits And Then Some
November 7th, 1992
This month’s most requested concert was for the shows we did in Manila in 1992 and I couldn’t be happier to share this one with you.
I’ll never forget my first phone interview announcing that we were coming to the Philippines for the first time.
As I was waiting to be connected to the interviewer, my publicist who was conferenced on the phone with me, whispered, “They just told me that you’re a God in the Philippines!"
I said, “Well, that sounds good!”
Of course, I thought she was just kidding around, but when we arrived there, the greeting was insane. Hundreds of people met me at the airport, the TV shows I did carried on as if I were Sinatra!
As the concerts neared, I heard my music on the radio non-stop. And the music that preceded or followed my songs, sounded very much in the style of my music.
We played a huge Stadium and both nights drew more the 50,000 people!
And what concerts they were!
These beautiful Philippine people had taken my music and me to their hearts since the first day “Mandy” was released. They loved the romantic style of records I had been making.
Getting to know them, it all made sense. Everyone I met in Manila was kind, helpful and loving. They were the definition of romance. I’ll never forget those days.
And I’ll never forget those shows!
The audience was amazing.
I was greeted like a long lost brother. They knew every song and sang along with each one.
The biggest shock was that their all-time favorite song was… and this really amazed me…”As Sure As I’m Standing Here”.
I’ve always loved this song, but it had been buried amongst the bigger hit records from those years. But not in Manila!
I had totally forgotten how the song went and my band had never played it.
We rehearsed it during our sound check and did the song during the first concert. And all 50,000 people sang along with it, word for word!
We dug through the archives and found a video of that first concert.
It’s a little timeworn, but you’ll be able to get a sense of that show.
I’m so glad enough people requested this concert. It’s one of my favorite shows and it reminds me of those beautiful people who treated us with such love.
I really hope you enjoy this one as much as I do.
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