The Wild Swans

Sun.Star Cebu - - WEEKEND -

New Wave mu­sic en­thu­si­asts in Cebu had a field day (or was it a field night?) last Septem­ber 30, as they were treated to a rare ex­pe­ri­ence see­ing one of their fa­vorite bands take to the stage live and in per­son. The Wild Swans, fronted by Paul Simp­son, held their firstever con­cert in the Philip­pines at the Wa­ter­front Cebu City Ho­tel’s Grand Pa­cific Ball­room. The band ar­rived in Cebu Thurs­day, Septem­ber 29 of last week, and af­ter a spe­cial meet-and-greet with the me­dia and some fans in the af­ter­noon, had a taste of Cebu nightlife af­ter­wards.

On con­cert night, hundreds of fans flocked to the Wa­ter­front Ho­tel to catch a glimpse of The Wild Swans. Singing songs such as “Whirlpool Heart” and “Bring­ing Home the Ashes”, the band brought most of the fortysome­thing au­di­ence back to the eight­ies. The Wild Swans also sang songs from their new al­bum “The Cold­est Win­ter for a Hun­dred Years”, copies of which were sold out­side the ball­room and were quickly bought by fans.

As the con­cert drew to a close, Swans fans were a bit dis­ap­pointed as the mem­bers of the band went back­stage. Af­ter the crowd shouted re­quests for an en­core, the band mem­bers slowly fil­tered back on­stage. As the open­ing bars of “What­ever Pos­sessed You” started, the crowd sud­denly cheered and gath­ered to­gether in front of the stage upon Paul’s in­vi­ta­tion. The crowd cer­tainly en­joyed the en­core, with most of the peo­ple singing the lines of the iconic song along with Paul Simp­son.

It was a night def­i­nitely to re­mem­ber.

fea­ture

Mike Mooney

Paul Simp­son

Ricky Maymi

Les Pat­tin­son

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