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IN PHOTOS: JAY B charms Filipino fans in ‘Tape: Press Pause’ Manila 2022 

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IN PHOTOS: JAY B charms Filipino fans in ‘Tape: Press Pause’ Manila 2022 

GOT7's JAY B for his 'TAPE: Press Pause' tour in Manila. October 1, 2022.

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As we listened to JAY B sing 'Rocking Chair' and 'Sunset With You,' all we wanted was to press pause and stay in that moment for longer

MANILA, Philippines – As GOT7’s leader, Lim Jaebeom already has a commanding stage presence, and that aura really demanded to be felt in his first solo concert in the Philippines on Saturday, October 1 at the New Frontier Theater. 

Presented by PULP Live World, TAPE: Press Pause in Manila 2022 marks JAY B’s return to the Philippines in almost three years – but this time, as a soloist.  

Photo by Maki San Luis/Rappler

He kicked off the night with the sexy R&B track “Switch It Up,” his first digital single for his solo venture. JAY B then followed it up with other songs from his vast discography – his solo debut album SOMO: FUME, songs from his JJ Project and GOT7 days, collaborations with other artists, and even his K-drama OST.

Photo by Maki San Luis/Rappler
Photo by Maki San Luis/Rappler

We were captivated by his sultry performances of “AM PM,” “In To You,” “B.T.W,” “FAME,” and “Hush,” and got emotional while listening to “Dive Into You.” We also couldn’t help but get sentimental when we finally got to hear “Sunrise” and “Fade Away” live. 

Given how stable JAY B’s vocals were, it was hard to believe that he had just landed in the Philippines from Paris hours before the concert. There were no signs of fatigue by the way he hit both high and low notes with ease. “I was worried if I could do well today, but with this amount of cheering, I think I could do it,” he told Filipino AHGASEs. 

JAY B also went around to interact with fans and give a shoutout to all AHGASEs present, no matter what section they were in. He gamely learned new Filipino words and even asked for recommendations on what Filipino food he should try. 

“Your passion is so great,” he told the attendees.

Manila serves as the first stop in JAY B’s world tour, and he said that “he’ll burn the start of [his] world tour” with Filipino AHGASEs. “I think I can finish the tour well because of the warm cheers of the Philippines.” 

GOT7’s JAY B for his ‘TAPE: Press Pause’ tour in Manila. October 1, 2022. Photo by Maki San Luis/Rappler

The fans were also caught by surprise when JAY B shared the stage with Filipino-Australian singer James Reid. The two did their first live performance of their collaborative track “Hello 2.0 (Legends Only).” They said that it was their first time to meet each other personally but both showered each other with compliments. 

James also expressed his gratitude to JAY B for agreeing to the collaboration: “You killed the song, bro,” he told the K-pop star. JAY B replied that he’s looking forward to another chance to work with James. 

After an outfit change, JAY B switched up the tempo with the next songs from his recent album Be Yourself – “go UP,“ “The Way We Are,” and “Livin.’” JAY B said that these newest songs, which are mostly upbeat, are meant to be music that gives his fans comfort. 

“I don’t know if it’s just [that] I’m getting older, but I realized that there are many hard things in life. Since you, my fans, may also experience these obstacles, I was thinking that maybe you guys feel the same way I do…. So I hope the songs can be healing and something fun,” he said. 

While he admitted that he’s still not confident singing in English, JAY B was still able to deliver flawless performances of his two full-English tracks “Fountain of Youth” and “Holyday,” before he capped off the set with a heartfelt rendition of “Rocking Chair” that left us teary-eyed, too. 

It was JAY B’s turn to get surprised when fans prepared a video compilation featuring his career highlights. “Thank you JAY B for being our leader, our artist, and our friend. Mahal ka namin (We love you),” Filipino AHGASEs told him, before filling the venue with chants of “best leader.”

Photo by Maki San Luis/Rappler

JAY B said, “I am actually pressured by the title, but because of you guys, I try to be the best leader. I’ll continue to do my best.” 

He then teased the crowd that it was not right for him to end the show without performing a GOT7 song. Earlier that night, he promised to come back to the country with all GOT7 members next year. This 2022 alone, JAY B is the fifth GOT7 member to hold a solo show in the Philippines following Jackson, BamBam, Youngjae, and Yugyeom. 

“I actually came here alone, but I’ll try my best to come with complete members next time,” he promised. And even when he was performing solo, JAY B was able to fill the stage as he delivered a medley of GOT7 tracks, which included “NANANA,” “Page,” “Thursday,” and “TEENAGER.”

Photo by Maki San Luis/Rappler

While most artists perform bright songs for their encore stage, JAY B opted to take a more soulful route when he ended the night with “Sunset With You,” a track from his work as Def. And as we listened to him sing, all we wanted was to press pause and stay in that moment for longer. – Rappler.com 

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