Incubus in Manila – 28 July 2011

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”.

courtesy of Ovation Productions

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 πŸ™‚

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?

6 Comments Add yours

  1. fizzywoohoo says:

    Is it bad to ask, “Ako ba yung no.9?” Just in case hindi, ok lang. =)

    Yes, yes, Incubus is coming back! I’m excited for this one! And being the fangirl that I am, I think…I’m not sure, but I THINK, I cut out that article of yours…I’ll check my clippings!

    1. lanilakwatsera says:

      yeah, ikaw yung number 9! πŸ™‚
      i hope you managed to cut it out…am looking for a copy, i can’t find mine anymore. hehehe!

  2. leathercloud says:

    I think i was that guy in #1 πŸ™‚

    1. lanilakwatsera says:

      hey thanks for visiting. seriously? are u the trippy guy i mentioned in number 1?
      haha! are u watching tomorrow?

  3. renirenren says:

    hey! (no offense meant ha!) but i was so glad to read this, being a fellow incubus fan girl and all. after seeing them last thursday,i was wondering if they will ever comeback for the fourth time, and if they ever did, can i still be a fan, even if i am “not-in-the-bloom” stage of my age? you inspire and made me realize, that Incubus’ music is not a one hit wonder like the rest of these music fads, and stripped all the hulabaloos of Boyd’s smokin looks, it is all about them making good won’t matter, and i won’t care, that i jump and scream my guts out with their newly found teeneager followers! i must say, # 3 is “nakakakilig”, damn. = ) and i also had # 9!

  4. lanilakwatsera says:

    To say that i have inspired you has tremendously made my day. I don’t think I’ll ever quit being an Incubus fan. You’re right, more than Mr. Boyd’s good looks — it is the music and the genius of their one of a kind hooks that makes fans out of all us, yes even us who have been past the “angst-y teenager phase”.
    Hahaha! About #3, I still get kilig thinking about how my hubby made “tiis” to the hell that was the mosh-pit more than 8 yrs ago. Till now, he knows that Incubus means the world to me.

    Glad to know you found a friend through the boys, I did too–and that girl remains one of my treasured friends till now πŸ™‚

    Thank you for visiting my little space in cyberspace. Keep the music alive!

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