Rain or shine, the Tiffany and Debbie Gibson Live in Manila concert is on tomorrow night at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay. The two ’80s pop icons are holding a joint concert at 8 p.m., their second stop in Asia after Singapore last weekend.
Tiffany, whose last name is Darwish, said at the press conference at Solaire yesterday that even though she has a fear of flying, she was excited to do the concert with Gibson, and arrived a day before her.
A bad experience on a flight traumatized her and she didn’t fly for around 10 years. “However when members of my family started getting sick—some with cancer—I learned life is short,” Tiffany said, admitting that flying is still the faster option.
“People always think there was a rivalry between us when we were starting out but I would actually feel a sense of relief when I would bump into Tiffany; I was just glad to see another female performer,” Gibson said.
Tiffany and Gibson still look the same with the former’s hair still flame red, and the latter always with a ready smile. Tiffany wore a cropped black jacket over a shiny leather top while Gibson, whom many might recall as the “sweeter” and more reticent of the two, showed off her tough side clad in a studded leather jacket, its arms lined with long, colored fringe.
Filipino fans, however, can look forward to listening—and singing along—to their hits the way they remember them like Tiffany’s “I Think We’re Alone Now,” “Could’ve Been,” “All This Time,” “If Love is Blind,” and “I Saw Him Standing There;” and Gibson’s “Lost in Your Eyes,” “Only in My Dreams,” “Shake Your Love,” “Foolish Beat,” “Electric Youth,” and “Out of the Blue.”
“You never want to detract from that original song which people look forward to,” Tiffany said.
To whet the appetites of her fans who have been looking forward to this concert since it was announced five months ago, Gibson described her set as “a lot of high energy, and a lot of costume changes.”
Both artists will pay tribute to the late American singer and songwriter Tommy Page who passed away in March 2017. Page co-wrote many of Gibson’s hits including “Foolish Beat,” “No More Rhyme,” “Only in My Dreams,” and “Out of the Blue.” Page also performed a duet in 1996 with Tiffany titled, “Close Our Eyes.”
Tiffany and Debbie Gibson Live in Manila concert is organized by Random Minds, Inc. For more information, call SM Tickets at 470-2222.