in Manila 2017:
8 Best Moments
By Kyzia Maramara
Do you know what PCD means? Are you aware that there is such a thing and that there are real people who suffer from it? The fans of Mayday Parade are probably neck deep in Post-Concert Depression (PCD) from the concert last Saturday, October 7. Pulp Live World brought Mayday Parade back to the Philippines again but this time it isn’t just for another concert – it’s the 10th year anniversary of their album A Lesson in Romantics. If you weren’t there then read at your own risk because this article might hurt your fangirl/fanboy side in ways you wouldn’t even imagine. Here’s what went down last Saturday at the Kia Theatre.
1. It was a gathering for old friends and new friendships
Where’s the fun in going to a concert if you don’t have friends to go with? It’s a good thing Mayday Parade fans are such a friendly and loving bunch, it’s easy to belong even if it’s your first time meeting them. Outside the venue before the concert, Mayday Parade stickers were being handed out, friends who just met on social media are finally meeting in person, and the air was buzzing in excitement. Bonding over shared love for a band is definitely something, especially when you’re hours away from seeing the band live!
2. The setlist was the whole album and more!
I don’t know what the fans were expecting but I wasn’t expecting the whole album to be sung. Only when I saw the setlist from a previous Mayday Parade concert did it finally dawn on me that they’re singing everything! And why not? You won’t properly celebrate the 10th year anniversary of an album if you don’t sing every song on it!
3. The energy of the band and of the crowd
..was amazing! The band immediately dove into the intro of Jamie All Over and killed it the first five seconds in! The roar of the crowd was deafening and with the bass thumping the same time as your heart and your favorite band on stage, every concertgoer can’t deny it was a marvelous feeling. With the theater awash in colorful pulsing lights, you’ll realize that suddenly your long wait is over and Mayday Parade is now in front of you, live and in the flesh!
4. Derek’s speech
“Here’s the one thing I wanna ask with everyone here tonight. The one thing. Please don’t ever feel like you don’t…
More than the music, we were there for the words we wanted to hear from the band. Concerts are unscripted moments where the band can tell you anything they wanted to.
The longest speech Derek Sanders, the vocalist, made was before the last song of the A Lesson in Romantics album. And I’ll be bold enough to say that it’s what every one of us needed to hear that night.
“Here’s the one thing I wanna ask with everyone here tonight. The one thing. Please don’t ever feel like you don’t matter, okay? Don’t ever feel like you don’t matter ’cause I promise you that you do. You always have, and you always will. And to anyone here tonight who is struggling right now, just remember that some of the very best people in this world are the people who have really struggled and learned from it and become better because of you, right? So you guys will be okay. I love you all so much.”
– Derek Sanders, Mayday Parade