Sunday, March 4, 2012

Jeff Timmons, a1, and Blue sing "greatest hits" at the Big Dome

Kathleen Benavidez
Jeff Timmons, a1, and Blue sing "greatest hits" at the Big Dome

Kids from the '90s—including a new breed of fans—trooped to the Big Dome last Saturday, February 25, to take a stroll down the memory lane with 98 degrees' Jeff Timmons, a1, and Blue.

The boy-band era—characterized by the members' charm and good looks, not to mention the seamless blending of their voices and choreographed moves—was instantly revived.

And though it's been a decade since they last performed before the Filipino crowd, nothing much has changed. "Ang guguwapo niyo pa rin!" the fans screamed.

JEFF TIMMONS. In a pre-concert press conference held last February 24, the co-founder of 98 Degrees stated that going solo did not give him that much pressure because there's so much talent surrounding him.
Jeff's performance was musically directed by Jay Durias and South Border, which also served as the former's back-up singers.

After much anticipation, a voice prompt introduced the former band mate of Nick and Drew Lachey, and Justin Jeffre.

"He is a member of the vocal group 98 Degrees. He released a solo album in 2004Whisper That Way, and is expected to release a new album this summer.

"Live on stage for the Greatest Hits Tour with musical director, Jay Durias, let's all welcome, Jeff Timmons!"

Jeff then came out so full of energy wearing a black half-unbuttoned polo, exposing his chest, and dark faded jeans.

He shouted, "Everybody put your hands in the air, wave it from side to side, let's go. Come on Philippines!"

The crowd obliged, then got excited upon hearing:
"You're my sunshine after the rain/
You're the cure against my fear and my pain/
And I'm losing my mind when you're not around/
It's all, It's all because of you!"

For the Pinoy favorite "I Do (Cherish You)," he picked out a girl from the crowd and dedicated the song to her.

After the number, he gave the lucky lady a hug and said, "Thank you very much."

Also included in his repertoire: his 2009 single "Emotional High" and a cover of Ne-Yo's "Closer."

Before the finale, he said, "This is the first time I'll be doing something like this... But I said I'll do it on one condition.

"Knowing that the Philippines has amazing musicians and great singers, artists, entertainers... I said, I had to have a band and some singers that [are] absolutely kick-ass!"

Jeff then belted out "Rainbow."

He remarked after the segment, "I can tell you, this is no exaggeration. This comes from one hundred percent of my being: what an honor for me to sing that song.