LOVE all around at the Carpenters and Platters concert at Midas Hotel and Casino

Japanese Elvis Presley impersonator Douglas Masuda, Laurie Briggs of tribute band Karpenters, and American vocal group The Platters joined forces on February 14 at The Midas Tent at the Midas Hotel and Casino for a night of nostalgic love songs for Filipino music lovers in time for Valentine’s Day. Here are highlights from the concert entitled “The Love Playlist of Carpenters and Platters,” brought to us by Royal Chimes in partnership with

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Elvis Presley of Japan Douglas Masuda opened the concert wearing a shimmering replica of The King’s wardrobe. Masuda’s impersonation is on point right down to Elvis’s accent. | Photo by Vida Lacano –
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Japanese Elvis Presley impersonator Douglas Masuda stepped down from the stage to get closer to the audience, singing Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” with the disclaimer “don’t shoot me!”, a reference to tragic mishaps that seem to happen when the song is belted out on videoke. | Photo by Vida Lacano –
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Laurie Briggs (in photo, center) and John Morton (not in photo) of tribute band Karpenters opened the second set with their performance of The Carpenters’ Top Of The World. | Photo by Vida Lacano –
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Laurie Briggs and John Morton sang a number of The Carpenters’ hits with local Filipino musicians as their backup band. The Karpenters, formed in 2002, has been touring the world to pay tribute to the legendary music left behind by Karen and Richard Carpenter. | Photo by Vida Lacano –
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John Morton plays the part of Richard Carpenter, pianist, vocalist, and one-half of the legendary 70’s band The Carpenters. | Photo by Vida Lacano –
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The Karpenters pride themselves in being able to perform The Carpenters’ music closest to its original sound. Laurie Briggs sang a number of The Carpenters’ hit songs such as We’ve Only Just Begun, Close To You, Rainy Days And Mondays, and Yesterday Once More–a song that happens to be a crowd favourite in China. | Photo by Vida Lacano –
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Karen and Richard Carpenter’s photos were flashed onscreen midway through the The Karpenters’ tribute performance. It was meant to help keep the spirit of The Carpenters alive, Laurie Briggs said. | Photo by Vida Lacano –
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Shortly after The Karpenters’ final song, The Platters went onstage to open the third and final set of The Love Playlist concert. They opened their set with The Platters classic “The Great Pretender. | Photo by Vida Lacano –
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The Platters performed a number of their greatest hits, including Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, Red Sails In The Sunset, Harbour Lights, and Only You, among others, much to the delight of the audience. | Photo by Vida Lacano –
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The Platters heated up the packed Midas Tent at the Midas Hotel and Casino even more with the performance of their classic hits, leaving the crowd clamouring for more when they ended their set at around 11 in the evening. | Photo by Vida Lacano –




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