Back then I used to keep a multi-folded brown envelope, with the label “Concert Emergency Fund”. I would stash money in it once in a while, gripped with the fear that anytime some act I like would hold a concert here and I would have to fork over a huge amount. I’ve only used it once, back in 1999 when Alanis Morissette performed in Folk Arts Theater. This was the era of her 2nd album, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, which was not as popular as Jagged Little Pill. The 1996 Manila leg of Jagged Little Pill, the “Can’t Not Tour” in 1996 I missed, because Alanis was insanely popular then. We were in 4th year high school during that first tour, and while in Physics class Paco murmured that she knew how to get tickets.
|“I know he’s blood but you can still t
urn him away you don’t
owe him anything!”- Front Row
“Eto, tawagan mo sya,” Paco whispered as she slipped a piece of paper. She didn’t have to whisper, but there was added fun in the cloak-and-daggerness of it all. We imagined someone would just swoop in and grabbed the paper with its secret contents. “May makukuha kang ticket dyan.” Written on it was a landline number and the word “scalper”. That night I furiously called the number, and, not knowing what “scalper” was then asked, “Hello, is this Scalper?” I wasn’t able to get a ticket, but we were able to watch Alanis Live in Manila in 1999. It was a fantastic concert. My cousin and I said this concert would totally rock and we would sing along with the obscure songs along with the rockiest audience ever. This was slightly spoiled by the fact that we were sitting beside a family, with the 8-year old girl with a Winnie The Pooh backpack making bored grunts and covering her ears beside me. Maybe she thought she was in a concert of The Moffats.