A week ago has passed, but the Phoenix aftermath is still strong. On August 15, the French quartet from Versailles delivered astounding, refreshing, and colorful (literally) performances that go beyond description at Phoenix: Live in Manila, presented by Karpos Multimedia.

Phoenix flooding the Kia Theatre with rainbow colors | Photo by Emmie Villegas

It’s not Phoenix’s first time in the Philippines and it is also not their first time to wow the country’s audience. Kia Theatre was filled with hardcore fans, familiar faces in the scene, and even curious individuals who came to witness the group for the very first time. Although many may have come into the concert hall with varying levels of interest, they all walked out with one thing in common: pure joy.

The evening started out with an explosive performance by post-rock trio Tom’s Story. Their ambient sound mixed with intellectual guitar melodies spiced up the hall with anticipation for the much-awaited performance of the French quartet.

Tom’s Story warming up Kia Theatre for Phoenix: Live in Manila | Photo by Emmie Villegas

It wasn’t much of a long wait until Phoenix finally took the stage:

Phoenix has released six studio albums to date, but the show kept their much older material fresh. From the fresh start with “J-Boy”, punch after punch, they followed through with some of their most notable and strongest hits: “Lasso”, “Entertainment”, and “Lisztomania”. The group did not fail to bridge the gap between their old music and their more recent tech-heavy sound.

Thomas Mars rocking out amidst cool lights at Phoenix: Live in Manila | Photo by Emmie Villegas

In between classics and songs from their album Bankrupt!, the band played one of their well-renowned hits, “Long Distance Call”:

The audience shared in the members’ fun as they danced along to their own tunes. The group’s performances brought about both a light air of positivity and an intense adrenaline rush to the crowd. It was a complete visual and auditory indulgence, with their stage presence mirroring their unique sound as a parade of colors surrounded the venue.

Guitarist Laurent Brancowitz and Thomas Mars sharing vocal duties at Phoenix: Live in Manila | Photo by Emmie Villegas

The energy that Phoenix brought out rendered the audience in awe and they held it that way all the way until the night’s end. Frontman Thomas Mars kissed the crowd goodbye with their groundbreaking and extended performance of “Rome” before taking a quick break and finally returning for their much-awaited encore of “Fior Di Latte”, “1901”, and “Ti Amo Di Piu”.

We could only wish they would come back for a third time. In the meantime, relive and witness more moments from Phoenix: Live in Manila with this photo gallery:

 

 

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