Ian Veneracion recently lived up to the adage: “The show must go on.”
This happened after Grammy-winner Patti Austin reportedly backed out from their “Soul And Heart” Canada concert tour – apparently a few hours before the start of the show.
It was early April when the Filipino actor-singer expressed his excitement over his team up with Austin, best known for the songs “Baby, Come To Me,” “Through The Test Of Time,” and “’Till There Was You,” among others.
In an ABS-CBN News report, it is said the producers of the concert “hurriedly put up notices on the doors of Vogue Theatre in Vancouver after the Grammy winner pulled out.”
It is claimed Austin was “unhappy” with most of the arrangements.
“As far as I know, she’s paid. With all due respect, we all know that she is professional and we are expecting her to at least have that respect and decency to tell us ‘I’m sorry’ or at least respect the audience,” Backstage Ventures producer Marivic Monteverde was quoted to have said.
Monteverde said it was Veneracion who encouraged them to push through with the concert even sans Austin.
The actor himself was surprised to learn that the American singer won’t be sharing the stage with him.
“Of course kinabahan ako kasi ‘yun nga, I’m more of an actor than a singer naman talaga. When I learned na, I don’t know, ‘she just flew off,’ it was going to be my show, oh my goodness,” Veneracion said.
Despite what happened, the concert went well as Veneracion made sure he had easy rapport with the crowd.
“Mafi-feel mo naman if they feel shortchanged. I didn’t feel that. They didn’t make me feel that at all,” he said.
Patti Austin has not issued a statement on the matter as of this writing.