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The 70's Band


By Bong Forouzan

They surely gave Tom Jones a run for his money Some were in their 20s when they made music hits in the 70s. In a two and half hour UK concert(s) non-stop! They sang over 50 OPM hit song titles They danced, swayed and strutted on stage

70s Superband super-wowed its audience at their first ever concert in London. The first leg of their three-day-tour was held last Friday, 4th April held at The Dome Theatre in Tuffnell Park. A successful concert priced at £15 todo sulit talaga (total satisfaction), concludes Johann, a very contented young audience.

The 70s Superband is made up of legendary music makers in the Philippines. The seven-man-band are all composers and arrangers in their own rights and star members of lumiere bands that rocked the Philippine music industry in the seventies (70s). They were Snaffu Rigor (Cinderella), Mon Espia (Labuyo), Monet Gaskel (VST and Company), Rey Magtoto with Nonoy Tan (Wadab), and the Mallillin brothers (Jun and Nitoy of Abrakadabra/Boyfriends).

Regrouping for the love of music and memories, the band made its debut in 2010 as 70s Superband with music director Rey and Mon on electric guitars, Jun on the keyboard, Nitoy on drums; all singing together with vocalists Monet, band leader Nonoy, and the ever exuberant youngest member, Snaffu. Far from turning 70s, the band is again making a success on their legendary OPM (original Pilipino music) compositions and music arrangements.

They had their audience on their feet dancing, rocking, swinging, swooning and singing along their hit compositions of pop, ballads, folks and rock music genre. Their medley repertoire brought back memories of the golden era, like: Anak, Rock Baby Rock, Macho Gwapito, Manila, Mr DJ, Panaginip, Ewan, Kiss Kiss, Awitin mo (At isasayaw ko), Swing, Maging sinu ka man, Miss Universe ng buhay ko, Ikaw ang aking mahal, Step yes Step no, Ipagpatawad mo, Beh buti nga, Pag tumatagal lalong tumitibay, Mahal na prinsesa, Annie Batumbakal, Parang ulap, Sumayaw sumunod, Dahil mahal kita, T.L. ako sa‘yo, Bato sa buhangin, Kahit maputi na ang buhok ko, Ikaw ang superstar ng buhay ko, Tuloy pa rin and many others. Mindful of the non-Filipino audience, Snaffu husky bass voice comparatively conquered renditions of What a Wonderful World (Luis Armstrong), Make You Feel My Love (Bob Dylan). Nitoy too, whilst ministering the drums, is not one to be in the background he raised the roof on his falsetto tune of Betcha By Golli Wow (Stylistics) and concluded by the bands My Love Will See You Through (Wadap).

Having our heavyweight Philippine Embassy representative, Consul General Xenen Mangallili, swaying and crooning along was an undeniable zeal of approval on a successful evening of golden hits. After two hours non-stop performance, 70s Superband showed no tiredness nor breathlessness or loss of voices. They gladly played to encores and featured the Mallillin brothers music instruments prowess “ Nitoy on drums and Jun on the lead-guitar. At the press conference, the 70s Superband was asked their secret for maintaining youthful looks and vigour… They replied: we are all lovers of music and making love songs, keeps us alive and kicking.

70s Superband was brought to England by the partnership of producer Port Mallillin (Side Projects) and event coordinator Carol Panday (Simply-C PR&Events). Both are current prime movers in the entertainment section of the Phil-Anglo community calendar as well as mover on stage Ms Carol was seen humataw sa dance floor leading the Superband dancers Eden, Heidi, Jho, Cherry, Maru, Chit, Agnes, Margie, Madel and Rose; whilst the young gwapito producer, Port son of Superband member Jun, rocked with the band belting Bote Diaryo.

The bands three-day concert tour in UK saw them in London (4th / Dome Theatre), Norwich (5th / Epic Studios), Kent (6th / Britannia Theatre). Along with the band were our homegrown artists Doddie Victorino, a Bicentennial Scholarship Fund awardee at Birmingham Conservatoire and former member of the San Miguel Philharmonic Orchestra; Aldrin Dagui, first Videoke Challenge Competition champion; Gelo Bernal, first TFCkat UK winner; Norbert Gayanilo, founding member of Nugroovz band and an authentic musikero/ rakista who openly certainly loves OPM too. The concerts were ably emceed by EUradiopinoy DJKizzer (Martin Leonar) and Ryan Mayor, the Soul belter pride of Norwich who came on donned in his 70s bell-bottom trousers and blonde curly hair-piece. The whole production was fully supported by its angels in the person(s) of Lyra del Rosario (event director), Adelina Duenas (event ambassador), (event coordinators) Jerome & Heidi Albano (Norwich) and Leo Cervantes (Kent), Cynthia Oxenham-DeLeon, MJ Robles, Aiko Kokobun, SallyDA, Jenny Labaria, Susan Pelaez-Robinson Vinz Chipongian, Finchley Raiders, (choreographers) – Bhalotte Quinones, Joel Medina, Florie May Rapirap, (photographers) – Jeepoy Eduria Balighot, Ferdz Esteban, Jo Pnandos, (technical crew) Ashley Ner and Erwin Dizon.

Am sure this will not be last we see of the 70s Superband. Talks are already underway to see them back soon in the UK coupled with a European tour. We wish them all the best on their future ventures. But for now, we thanked 70s Superband for the lovely evenings of entertainment and for making great songs that transcends time and generations.

As the ecstatic dust settles, we/you can still keep the euphoria on high when you tune-in to, the radio-station that keeps OPM reverberating in our heart and soul.

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