Boy band A1 set to have concert in the Philippines.
The three-member boy band A1 who were very famous in the late 1990s are coming to the Philippines to hold a two-night concert in Manila and Cebu.
The British-Norwegian group members Ben Adams, Mark Read and Christian Ingebrigtsen are heading to the country this October for their scheduled performance at the Kia Theater on October 23, and in Cebu on October 25 at the IEC Pavilion for their Here We Come-Back! Tour.
The group previously visited the country in 2012, when they performed with 98 Degrees member Jeff Timmons and British group Blue.
The boy band, which was originally a quartet, rose to fame in the ’90s to early 2000s. Some of the their popular hits include “Everytime,” “Like a Rose,” “Heaven by Your Side,” “Same Old Brand New You,” and their cover of A-Ha’s “Take On Me”.
Original member and founder Paul Marazzi was a member from 1998 until his departure in 2002. Ingebrigtsen is originally from Oslo, Norway, but the other members originate from London, England.
Their debut single, “Be the First to Believe”, entered the UK Singles Chart at number six in mid-1999. They achieved success in theUK and other parts of the world in the late 1990s and early 2000s, particularly Southeast Asia and Japan. In the UK, they scored two number ones and eight top 10 hits, seven of which were written by the band. Adding to this, they also won a BRIT Award for “British Breakthrough Act” in 2001. They were managed by band manager Tim Byrne, who also formed Steps.
Marazzi left the band in 2002, citing personal reasons. The three remaining members subsequently decided to take a break due to exhaustion from being on the road for the best part of four years straight.
In December 2009, Ingebrigtsen, Read and Adams reformed A1, without Marazzi, in Norway for a series of concerts at theChristiania Theatre in Oslo. Since their comeback, they have released new singles as well as their fourth and fifth studio albums,Waiting for Daylight, in 2010, and Rediscovered, in 2012.
In 2014, A1 appeared on the itv2 documentary The Big Reunion along with others bands such as Eternal, Damage, Girl Thing, 3Tand a new band called 5th Story, made up of Dane Bowers (from Another Level), Gareth Gates, Kenzie (from Blazin’ Squad), Kavana and Adam Rickitt.