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Leaving a coliseum full of positive vibes

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GRAMMY winner Jason Mraz sings about the bright side of life and love.

It takes the agreement of all five senses to make an experience memorable. At the Smart Araneta Coliseum the night of May 14, Jason Mraz added another: a sense of community.

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We should have danced all night

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STEVEN Henry Scott as Benny Andersson

Ewa Scott of the tribute band AbbaMania introduced her group by the first names of the members of the 1970s European super band Abba. She referred to lead guitarist Ross Taberner as “Bjorn,” her husband and organist Steven Henry Scott as “Benny,” fellow female lead vocalist Nyree Burt as “Frida” and herself as “Agnetha.”

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Aerosmith still rocks

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Steven Tyler of the famed Aerosmith rock band is mobbed by reporters as he makes his way to his waiting van upon arrival from Melbourne Sunday May 5, 2013 in Manila. Aerosmith performed in front of 10,618 Manila fans at the 11,800-capacity arena, doing what made them global hard rock icons.  AP PHOTO/BULLIT MARQUEZ

They’re proud to show off the wear and tear of physical age.

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Remix generation defined in 12 hours

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AFROJACK RODEL ROTONI

What kind of music festival comes with ambulances, first-aid stations and firetrucks on standby?

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IPO, OMB to movie pirates: We’ll catch you with night vision goggles

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FROM left, “Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank” director Marlon Rivera, US Embassy economic officer Darren Dapas, OMB chair Ronnie Ricketts, MPAFPC legal counsel Joji Alonso, IPO director general Ricardo Blancaflor and PNP NCRPO Chief Supt. Gen. Christopher Laxa Arnold Almacen

Movie pirates can no longer use the darkness of movie houses as cover, top honchos of the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and Optical Media Board (OMB) vowed.

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Big stars not always on top taxpayers list

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Kris Aquino. FILE PHOTO

Just because they’re bankable doesn’t mean they always get top-billing on the taxpayers list.

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Chasing dreams, Sarah Brightman finds herself in outer space

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SARAH Brightman says outer space gave her a “beautiful palette to work with” for the new CD.

Erik, the disfigured phantom of the opera house, had every reason to covet the body, voice and soul of his “Angel of Music,” Christine Daaé. In Andrew Lloyd Webber’s London version of “The Phantom of the Opera,” soprano Sarah Brightman personified the angelic face and voice of Christine. In real life, she was Webber’s muse and wife for six years.

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A band that girls would just love to sink their teeth into

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ANDY Brown (center) leads the Lawson lads in making Manila Mollies swoon during the concert.

Andy Brown, 25-year-old lead singer of British pop-rock band Lawson, wouldn’t be around today were it not for a brain surgeon named David Lawson.

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Man behind sexy voice gets grumpy

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SMILES FOR SHOW. Iglesias with concert producers (from left) Alice Villanueva-Dela Cruz, Beth Sison-Tagle and Ernest Tagle of Salute Promotions.

Who says sex appeal is wasted on the young? Don’t look at Julio Iglesias like there are no more fireworks left in a 69-year-old. On April 1, he was in Beijing to receive his Guinness world record for being the best-selling male Latin artist. If there were awards for melting women’s hearts around the world for nearly five decades, he’d have bagged one, too.

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At twilight time they came, still with that magic touch

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EDDIE Stovall Jr., Yolanda Fletcher, JT Tilley, Eddie Sr. and Lawrence Lockard serenade a lucky lady from the audience.

Great music, great voices, never die. The original members of the group that crooned such hits as “Only You,” “The Great Pretender,” “Twilight Time” and “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” are long gone. But at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Pasay City Wednesday last week, another group that took on the name was busy keeping the tunes immortal, and the audience in wistful reminiscence.

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Refreshing music pours forth from Jars of Clay

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OPENING act was Church Simplified band, featuring Julianne and Paolo Valenciano (son of Gary). They sang Swedish House Mafia’s “Don’t You Worry Child,” Rivermaya’s “Umaaraw, Umuulan,” and an original composition “Rain” by fellow band member Robin Nievera (son of Martin), who couldn’t join the group that night.

Late July last year, the official Jars of Clay website jarsofclay.com announced: “On July 25th, our singer Dan Haseltine underwent a procedure to correct a coronary issue after experiencing a cardiac event. He is doing well and recovering. Dan is grateful for the thoughts and prayers that have gone out on his behalf.”   Haseltine’s [...]

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Julio Iglesias kicks off tour in PH

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Julio Iglesias arrives on Tuesday by private plane for his dinner-concert at the Manila Hotel on Saturday.  The Guinness World Records recently awarded him best-selling male Latin artist.  At right is classical and pop singer Kris Gonzales. GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

Renowned Spanish singer Julio Iglesias arrived in Manila by private plane on Tuesday accompanied by a 26-man entourage. The 69-year-old crooner went straight to the Manila Hotel, where he is slated to hold a dinner-concert on Saturday to kick off the Asia leg of his 2013 World Tour.

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