Kids know very well who China Crisis is simply because, this generation loved their music. Now it’s the younger generation’s turn to experience the band’s kind of music. They will perform for one night on June 20, 2014 at Solaire Resort. A little backgrounder as to how the group came to be. China Crisis is an English pop/rock band formed in 1979, in Kirkby near Liverpool, Merseyside with vocalist and keyboardist Gary Daly and guitarist Eddie Lundon. The duo together with OMD, Echo and the Bunnymen The Teardrop Explodes, A Flock of Seagulls and Frankie Goes to Hollywood were originally in the batch of new wave Liverpool acts during the late 1970 and early 1980s.

China Crisis will perform live in Manila at Solaire Resort and Casino.

China Crisis will perform live in Manila at Solaire Resort and Casino.

Furthermore, China Crisis had somewhat catapulted them-selves to fame in the UK during the 1980s. As a matter of fact, they had produced five Top 40 singles and three other Top 40 albums as well as their countless commercial successes in Western Europe, Australia and America respectively. Right from the very beginning, Daly and Lundon had shared the same music influences with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan, David Bowie and Brian Eno. Ever since, the soon to be popular band played with various Knowsley post-punk groups. While Daly spent his time tinkering synthesizers and a drum machine, he and Lundon have began in writing songs. The pair eventually asked drummer and percussionist Dave Reilly to join them. In 1982 they released their first single, African and White as with their current name as their ticket for an independent record label. Similarly, it was in June 1982 when they backed Tom Verlaine at the Venue in London.

When the band signed with Virgin Records and recorded their debut album, Difficult Shapes and Passive Rhythms and Some People Think It’s Fun to Entertain, which was released in December of 1982, a re-release of African White became their first hit in the UK which reached no. 45 in the UK singles chart. Meanwhile, their follow-up single, Christian, was at 12th spot in UK way back in 1983. As a result, it gave them a well-deserved national recognition. During those years, their debut album had suddenly peaked at #21 in the UK albums chart. It was also during this period when the band toured the world over and backed up the equally-famous, Simple Minds.

Moreover, their second album Working with Fire and Steel- Possible Pop Songs Volume Two was released in November 1983, with the carrier single Working with Fire and Steel. It became a hit single in Australia. In fact, the album has successfully landed on the Top 20 Albums all over UK. As they inch their way to fame, this pop band from 1984 and 1985 was able to make their own chart run beginning with their only UK Top 10 hit single Wishful Thinking, which peaked at no. 9. With this one, a 3rd album was produced by Walter Becker of Steely Dan. This was entitled, Flaunt the Imperfection It has reached the #9 spot in the UK albums’ chart in May 1985.

Just like any other band, they have also encountered several ups and downs but still they managed to release in 1994 their last studio album, Warped by Success. following the band’s parting of ways with Virgin label. Incidentally, the said recording label has produced their final studio chart single, Everyday the Same.

In December of 2002 when China Crisis’ original duo Daly and Lundon held a one night concert in Manila together with a local band Rivermaya; they toured UK as part of their 25th anniversary. After which, they returned to the Philippines in January 2011 and performed at Eastwood City. On September 9, 2011, they again performed at the SMX Convention Center together with ex-Simple Minds.

In these years 2012 and 2013, millions had seen the band touring more extensively in the UK and they also visited US and Canada as a three -piece band. On December 2013, the song Everyone You Know was made available as a free download song on the Pledge Music website and pre-ordering the album Autumn in the Neighborhood; and thereby, announcing its release in 2014. On January 13, 2014, the band posted an illustrated account of the track and how it was written and how it all began. To date, it has exceptionally reached a skyrocketing 87% of the pledge goal. After almost two months, a new song has made waves which was swiftly ahead of their new album’s release. It is no other tham but the single Being in Love. it gladly premiered on Steve Lamacq’s BBC radio 6 Music Show.

The Solaire Resort Manila China Crisis performance will also feature Mark Mabasa, JV Decena, Lilibeth Garcia, Lucky Robles and Kudos Loves ’80s.

Ticket Prices

Ticket prices for the China Crisis Concert are as follows:

  1. Limited VIP – Php 5,340
  2. VIP – Php 3,204
  3. Premiere –Php 2,136
  4. De Luxe – Php 1,068
  5. Gallery – Php 640.80

Tickets are also available at Ticket World.

The China Crisis Concert is a must see kind of musical extravaganza to make you vividly reminisce your most cherished memories while you were humming their tunes as lovely as an angel’s voice from heaven. See you there!

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