To say that Gary Valenciano’s North American tour “He’s Back: Gary V. US Tour” was a success would be an understatement.
The series kicked-off at Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. It was then staged at The Town Hall in New York City, Creative Arts Building Pittsburg High School in California, Saban Theater in Los Angeles, and Snoqualmie Casino in Seattle. It culminated at Morongo Casino, Resort, and Spa in Cabazon.
After months of rehab, workouts, and extensive exercise, Gary did not disappoint as he was in tiptop condition on stage to the delight of his screaming fans who rewarded him with multiple standing ovations.
A true trooper, Gary still delivered an outstanding performance in every city despite the sudden and unexpected death of his 84-year-old Puerto Rican mother, Grimilda “Mamita” Santiago-Ortiz, who passed away due to pneumonia, congestive heart failure, and H1N1 Flu. Gary’s family had a memorial service for Mamita last April 24, in between his scheduled shows in Los Angeles and Seattle.
Gary’s guest performers namely Jona, Ness Rica, and Katrina Velarde also delivered amazing performances.
Some of the celebrities and noted personalities who were spotted watching the series were philanthropist Loida Lewis in New York; Miss Universe 1993 Dayanara Torres, popular blogger Joel Mondina of Pambansang Kolokoy and Paolo Valenciano in Morongo; Kiana Valenciano, Louie Reyes, and Ivy Violan in Los Angeles; and songwriter Cecile Azarcon-Inocentes, who penned two of Gary’s hits “Reaching Out” and “How Did You Know,” in Pittsburgh.
“He’s Back: Gary V. US Tour” was a joint production of Manila Genesis Entertainment and Starmedia Entertainment.
With Ramon “Mon” Faustino as musical director, Michael Shapiro on drums, Marco Luciani on keyboards, Vinny Valenciano on lead guitar, and Dana Decker on bass, Gary will continue the tour in the last quarter of this year.