British singer and international music legend Engelbert Humperdinck, one of the finest middle-of-the-road balladeers and hottest male pop idols of the 1960s, returns to Manila (his last visit here was a one-night-only concert on July 10, 2016 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum) to relive the classics and reminisce as classic pop and ballad enthusiasts celebrate with him in his 50th Anniversary Tour, a global touring celebration of a successful half century in the music and entertainment industry of the singer, with stops in major cities in the United States, United Kingdom, other parts of Europe, and Asia, including the Philippines.
The four-date, four-city pre-Christmas concert event series begins on November 23 in the Laus Event Centre, City of San Fernando, Pampanga, November 28 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, November 30, 2017 at the Alonte Arena in Biñan, Laguna and on December 2 at the Central Philippine University, Iloilo City in Iloilo. This event is made possible by Ovation Productions.
With the outrageously memorable name of Engelbert Humperdinck (after the Austrian composer of the 19th century opera, “Hansel and Gretel”), and with his deep voice and thick sideburns, he burst into the music scene in the ‘60s along with The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Tom Jones, and was catapulted almost instantly to the status of world icon.
In the last four decades, he has generated sales in excess of 140 million records, including 64 gold albums and 35 platinum, four Grammy Awards nominations, a Golden Globe Award, and stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Las Vegas Walk of Fame, and Leicester Walk of Fame. Humperdinck has performed for Queen Elizabeth II four times, several presidents and many heads of state as well as toured the world before sold-out crowds in Great Britain, United States, Australia, Germany, Belgium, Canada and Southeast Asia.
He has recorded everything from the most romantic ballads to movie theme songs, disco, rock, and even gospel. With his sense of humor and self- deprecating jokes, Humperdinck has endeared himself to fans and, after appearing on MTV several times, has managed to strike a new chord with a younger generation.
Engelbert became great friends with Elvis Presley and the two legends often performed each other’s songs. His first single in the charts was “(Please) Release Me,” which was No. 1 in 11 countries and went into the Guinness Book of Records for achieving 56 consecutive weeks on the charts. The following decades saw Engelbert touring the world to sell-out crowds.
Humperdinck’s inimitable three-and-a-half octave range and ultra-smooth onstage charisma, captivating fans of every generation in many parts of the world, was subsequently hailed by The London Times as “the premier voice of the 20th century.” His sweet, powerful voice has been immortalized in timeless tunes loved by many Filipinos and fans worldwide like “(Please) Release Me,” “The Last Waltz,” “Am I That Easy To Forget,” “After The Loving,” “Man Without Love,” “The Way It Used To Be,” “There Goes My Everything,” “Spanish Eyes,” “Love Me With All Your Heart,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” the unforgettable “Quando, Quando, Quando,” and many more.
Engelbert Humperdinck Live in Manila tickets are priced at ₱ 5,500.00 (SVIP), ₱ 4,500.00 (VIP), ₱ 4,000.00 (Ringside), ₱ 3,500.00 (Patron), ₱ 2,500.00 (Lower Box) and ₱ 1,500.00 (Bleacher). Tickets are available online at www.smtickets.com and at SM Customer Service.