The Wild Swans
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.