Lifehouse reconnects with Manila

Jyle Sulit
Filipino fans rejoiced for the return of a favorite '90s rock band

HAPPY TO BE BACK. They said their 2008 Manila concert left them awed, only to find out it would happen again this year. Photo by Jyle Sulit

MANILA, Philippines – They had rocked the Philippine stage before and captured the hearts of Filipino fans. Today — 4 years, 3 singles, one album and an additional band member later — these same fans showed rock band Lifehouse that they haven’t forgotten.

Frontman Jason Wade says that the band considers their July 2008 Manila concert as “the pinnacle of (their) career,” adding they were awestruck with the reception that the crowd gave them back then.

“To have seen that many people coming and singing our music back to us — with us — four or five times over…,” Wade recalls, his eyes wondrous. “I just kept looking at Rick (Woolstenhulme, Jr.). We were in awe,” he adds.

The band also hasn’t forgotten their backstage encounter back then with a certain Filipino delicacy.

“We paid our guitar tech $400 to eat balut,” shares Wade, laughing. He reveals that none of the band members has ever tried balut. When challenged to give it another shot this time around, bassist Bryce Soderberg then jokingly quips, “That would ruin eggs for me forever.”

HOLDING THEIR COMBINED MULTI-PLATINUM award for 5 studio albums: 'No Name Face,' 'Stanley Climbfall,' 'Lifehouse,' 'Who We Are' and 'Smoke & Mirrors.' Photo by Jyle Sulit

Lifehouse hit the SMART-Araneta Colisieum stage late last month to another receptive Manila audience.

On their official Twitter page, the band wrote: “Manila! Once again, no words. You gave it your all.”

The post included a video of the screaming crowd.

They sang all of their hit songs, including “Hanging by a Moment,” “You and Me” and their finale, “Everything.”

Here’s a YouTube fan video of the band singing “Hanging by a Moment”:

The 4-piece band is composed of Wade on vocals and rhythm guitar, Woolstenhulme on drums and percussions, Soderberg on bass guitar and, their latest addition in 2009, Ben Carey on lead guitar. They are currently working on their 6th studio album.

Their latest album, Smoke & Mirrors, is available in the Philippines through MCA Music (Universal Music Philippines). –

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