Obviously, I worship the Church of Boyd (sorry, mom) — and has been an avid Incubus fan for almost ten years now. I credit my dedication to my next door neighbor who let me borrow his bootlegged copy of “MAKE YOURSELF” and provided me a basic description of the band. It was 2001, and I was fresh out of college — by the time I heard the first strains of the guitar hook on “Drive”, I was hopelessly hooked.
Now after ten years of being an avid fan, and looking forward to ten more (and ten more….), Incubus is finally back in Manila to treat us fans to a night of poetic music laced with catchy beats. Mark your calendars, file your vacation leave (like I always do) and make sure you have your tickets: Incubus. Manila. July 28, 2011. The world is right again. The Pacific Rim tour is to celebrate the release of their newest album, “If Not Now, When?” on July 12, 2011 and features the carrier single “Adolescents”.
I was there when they first had their big concert in March 2004, and was back again for the 2008 concert in Araneta Coliseum. And now–barring the end of the world–no one and nothing can make me NOT go and watch them for the third time.
My top memorable moments while watching Incubus in concert:
1. Inhaling second hand ganja smoke while stuck in the moshpit in 2004. But it was all good, everyone was happy and trippy. While my hair smelled like it was dunked in “herbal essences”, it was kinda funny standing in front of people who was laughing all the time (as in ALL THE TIME)
2. Bathing in sand and other “unmentionables” at the same aforementioned concert. Somewhere right at the middle of the performance, someone started throwing sand at the crowd. My hair was full of sand, plus it smelled awful (see post above) plus people are getting unruly. I was truly a sight to behold.
3. Realizing that somewhere “down the line”, I will marry the guy who came with me to see Incubus — the who guy protected me from the heavy blows bumps, pushes and shoves from the crowd. (I was still not a fat lump that time and was quite frail and sickly compared to today’s standards). The guy also appreciated and understood my weird fanaticism with anything Brandon Boyd and Incubus. And yes, I did get to marry him…and one of the songs in our wedding set list is “Stellar”.
4. Writing about my first Incubus concert experience and submitting the piece to a national publication. The piece was titled, “A leap into the Boyd”.
5. ULTRA FAN MODE: Hotel stalking Incubus. nuff said.
6. Falling in line under the hot sun at 2PM (concert starts at 7PM) in 2004, and almost getting into a fight while waiting in line in 2008 (I was there by 3PM, concert starts at 7PM)
7. Waiting at the back of Araneta Concert (and dragging the then-BF, baby bro and baby sis) in the hopes of seeing the Incubus up close (should they decide to stop the motorcade back to the hotel and
commit suicide show their faces to the rabid Filipino fans)
8. Seeing Brandon Boyd’s body in person. And yes, Brandon Boyd too 🙂
9. This did not happen WHILE in concert, but let’s just say, I was able to meet SOMEONE who became a very, very good friend just because of Incubus. Incubus fandom = priceless. Meeting a lifelong friend because of Incubus = MORE PRICELESS.
I am already excited. Nothing beats crappy existence than a dash of good news, don’t you think?