San Jose show on Sept. 25 at the Center for the Performing Arts
Journey frontman Arnel Pineda and Bamboo arrive in Las Vegas to hold a series of rehearsals in preparation for their historic Live US tour.Aptly billed as “First Light ” the concert which is generating a lot of heat online among concertgoers will be staged for the first time in the US with the two rock headliners .Spotlight Media Producer Josephine Manahan is very enthused and is excited to the warm reception of the San Jose city concertgoers.”We are very grateful to our sponsors and ticket buyers as this is an amazing show of two great Filipino artists. Spotlightmedia Entertainment participates in the promotion of Filipino talents and artistry .”
Arnel was a lead singer for various bands and club acts in the Philippines in the late 1980s and 1990s.In 2007, Neal Schon, guitarist, and member of the band Journey saw Pineda’s video on YouTube and immediately contacted him. The band had been looking for a new lead singer, and Pineda’s voice sounded strikingly similar to Steve Perry, Journey’s legendary former frontman. After speaking with Neal Schon on the phone, he flew to the United States and auditioned with the band in San Francisco. By the end of the year 2007, Pineda was welcomed as the band’s new lead singer. Immediately, he went on tour with the band, performing two shows in Chile and two in Las Vegas, which were all monster hits. After a series of guest show appearances and magazine features, he gained popularity within the American public. Arnel Pineda brought back the tenor, emotional voice of Steve Perry, and reignited the soul of the legendary Journey band back to sell-out concerts. He recaptured the lead singer’s voice with a history of 80 million hits and sold-out stadiums and concert arenas worldwide. Journey once again is in the crescent of fame as one of the most enduring pop-rock bands in the music industry.
Bamboo, Manalac is a Filipino American musician and singer-songwriter. He began his career as vocalist and original frontman of Rivermaya and later fronted his own band, Bamboo. Bamboo band disbanded in 2011 and Mañalac then pursued a solo career and released his first solo album, No Water, No Moon.
Mañalac is famous for his vocals, which combines a rock style with a mellow approach; he also had a notably energetic style in live performances. His musical and vocal talents as well as his band’s polished sound have made him a rock icon in the Philippines.
Mañalac was born in Quezon City, Philippines to Filipino parents. His family immigrated to San Francisco, California when he was 10 years old and spent the rest of his childhood there. He was named after a combination of his grandfathers’ names and coincidentally after his home city. His mother gave him the nickname “Bamboo” when he was still a kid.
In 2002, after living in Los Angeles following the Rivermaya tour in America, Mañalac returned to the Philippines. His former bandmate in Rivermaya, Nathan Azarcon, introduced him to Ira Cruz and Vic Mercado. Later, all of them joined together and formed the band Bamboo. Since then, the band had launched four successful albums, and received numerous awards.
In October 2015, four years after the release of his first album, Bamboo released his second solo album entitled Bless this Mess. The 10-track album was recorded in Grand Street Recording Studio, Brooklyn, New York.
Together for the first time in the US, these two Rock Icons join together in one stage to recapture LIVE pop rock concert experience in SAN JOSE.
On September 25th the stage is set at the Center for the Performing Arts Center. For tickets log on to https://tickets.tsjticketing.org/tickets/series/firstlight