So apparently there were going to be a bunch of ONE OK ROCK (say “one o’clock”, but with an “R” instead of the “L”) tribute nights in different countries, including mine. I didn’t know it had quite a following here (or at least, in Manila). Philippine OORers (P.O.O.R.) slated this year’s for March 2 at Freedom Bar in Quezon City. We went, and we had a blast. Despite the fact that I had only heard one album of theirs, and I barely knew OOR members’ names. But, but! I had a favorite song (“Pierce”, whose name I kept forgetting also, since it didn’t seem to appear anywhere in the lyrics) so I was ready to, uh, be rocked.
There were about a dozen bands who played, with various levels of, uh, success. (And most of them needed crib notes, but then the lyrics which were about half Nihongo so I suppose it was best to play safe.) But, but! the performers’ passion for the music made the evening enjoyable. I hope there will be another one soon!
I took some video, but the sound did not register well with my camera. Maybe I was sitting too close to the speakers? I dunno. I’m still surprised at the volume levels I’m able to take (repeat after me: It’s not too loud, I’m not too old).
Update: I have now listened to OOR albums OTHER than Zankyo Reference. “Pierce” is still my favorite OOR song. My OOR Yokohama Arena concert in Blu-Ray is now on its way to me. I now know the names of the members of OOR. I have sat through hours of Japanese television variety shows without English subtitles but entirely sure everything they laughed at was funny. I want to go to Japan next year. Taka, marry me.