As I Am, Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys comes back to Manila!
by Macy Alcaraz   |  Aug 6, 2008
photo courtesy of MTV Philippines
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After four years, Alicia Keys came back to bring the house down. Here in Manila for her As I Am World Tour, she sang songs from her latest album as well as hits from her previous albums, Songs in A Minor and The Diary of Alicia Keys.

Here was the set list of last night's concert:

"Go Ahead"
"You Don't Know My Name"
"Teenage Love Affair"
"Heartburn"
"Karma"
"How Come You Don't Call Me"
"Superwoman"
"I Need You"
"Wreckless Love"
"Diary/Tender Love"
"My Boo"
"Unbreakable"
"A Woman's Worth"
"Like You'll Never See Me Again"
"Fallin'"
Encore: "No One"
Second encore: "If I Ain't Got You"

The concert was moved to the SMX Convention Center from the Mall of Asia Open Grounds because of the weather (strangely enough, it didn't rain until after the concert). We're not quite sure if this was the best place to have the concert, but we'll take what we can get. Alicia Keys and her band took to the stage right before 10 and the crowd was so ready for her! There were people of all ages (even a baby, sucking his pacifier right beside us!) and all of them were screaming as she walked on stage singing "Go Ahead," punching her fist in the air.

From experience (having watched her concert four years ago), it was expected that she was quite the performer. She danced with high energy and moved from one side of the stage to the other with ease. And what would this concert be without Ms. Keys playing the piano? Sadly, there was no repeat of her on the piano and playing the intro to "Diary" on her back, but she was still amazing.

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Old favorites like "How Come You Don't Call Me" and "A Woman's Worth" were performed in an entirely different arrangement that made you want to dance. The concert lasted for about an hour and a half and there were a lot of songs performed, because most of them were shortened versions (a verse, a chorus, coda, chorus, end).

What was amazing about this concert was how she would just sit and talk to the audience as she played the piano. And how genuine her smile was whenever the sea of people would sing along to her songs.

After the encore, the crowd was still asking for more, still singing "Oh oh oh" much to the amusement of Alicia Keys' backup singers. And after a few minutes, she came back out and ended the show, in front of her piano, with "If I Ain't Got You." She looked at the crowd and said, "We can't wait to be back in Manila."

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