WATCH: One OK Rock thrills Manila fans
MANILA, Philippines – One OK Rock wowed their Filipino fans when they took on the Mall of Asia Arena on Tuesday, January 19. (READ: 25 awesome photos: One OK Rock in first Manila show)
The band's signature high-energy performances had the arena singing along to every word of their songs. Their Manila concert, titled "35xxxv" after their album, was part of their Asia tour. "35xxxv" included Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, and Singapore. (READ: One OK Rock: Their time has come)
The Japanese band is internationally renowned, having been on tour with American bands All Time Low and Sleeping with Sirens. They've also visited their fans in Europe.
One OK Rock kicked off their concert with "Take Me to the Top," followed by "Memories" and "Deeper Deeper."
They performed a string of fan favorites, like "Stuck in the Middle," "Clock Strikes," and "The Last Dance."
They also sang tracks from the popular Rurouni Kenshin movies. For instance, here's "The Beginning" from the first one:
"Mighty Long Fall" from the sequel, Kyoto Inferno:
But here's a special one: an acoustic version of "Heartache," from the third film, The Legend Ends:
One OK Rock singing "Heartache," the featured song in the 3rd Rurouni Kenshin film.Posted by Wyatt Ong on Tuesday, 19 January 2016
Watch the video below to see the fans light up the arena with their phones while "Heartache" was playing.
Frontman Takahiro Moriuchi, better known as Taka, also thanked his Filipino fans for coming to the show, "Seriously, you guys are f-ing awesome. Thank you so much. [...] I'm really, really happy to be here. Thank you for having us. I appreciate it."
One OK Rock!!!Posted by Wyatt Ong on Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Fans cheered and clamored for more from the band, and Taka asked, "Wanna stay with me more?" Naturally, everyone was thrilled and screamed yes, to which he replied, "Me, too."
The crowd was extremely receptive, even singing along in Japanese, and Taka was visibly touched and smiled as he held out his microphone to the crowd.
"You guys are so beautiful. Thank you so much," said Taka, before he asked the crowd if they wanted some more songs. "Let's do it!" he repeatedly shouted, as he continued into a three-song encore set.
It was as if the earth was shaking in the mosh pit, as throngs of fans sang their hearts out, stomped their feet, and jumped. Dozens of white balloons dropped from the ceiling, as the band played "Kanzen Kankaku Dreamer."
There was a smile on each band member's face, as they turned their back to the crowd – but not without Taka indulging everyone with a selfie.
Fans took to Instagram to express how thrilled they were to see their idols live.
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Here are some more Instagram photos from the event:
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