Live 8 was touring around Asia before they became the resident band at Carnegie’s last November. Long-time friends who met while playing in different bands back in the Philippines, the members’ closeness infuses their performances with a sense of easy camaraderie that often leads to spontaneous bouts of dancing and, on one occasion, a show conducted in their underwear. Lead vocals are shared by married couple Ira and Mark Evangelista but the other four members are also talented vocalists in their own right. While they consider alternative and classic rock to be their comfort zone, Live 8 are just as adept at covering late 90s pop, contemporary R&B, electronic dance hits and everything in between. On whether they miss the days of touring, Ira says, “We’re not young anymore. In Hong Kong, the contracts are longer, the pay is better and there are more opportunities for residencies. We can settle down here.” Then there’s the local fanbase. “Some of our regulars have been coming to see us for years, following us from bar to bar. To us, they’re not customers anymore, they’re family,” says Mark.
Favourite song to cover: Rosanna by Toto
When they’re on: Mon-Tue, Thu, Sat 10pm & Sun 4pm