For close to 50 years, Tower of Power has delivered the best in Rhythm and Blues music. But, as group co-founder Emilio Castillo says, they could have had a much different name. He came into the band, and we eventually changed our name to the Tower of Power. We grew our hair long, and started to be hippies, and changed our name.
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Whoever came up with the expression "blew the roof off the joint" must have experienced a Tower of Power concert. With an uncanny vitality, they amazed the Manila crowd with their signature sound, non-stop in-your-face energy and lively stage presence that could make a statue sway to the beat. Throw in various ripping guitar licks, perfectly matched keyboards, soulful vocals with a bass guitar and drums that maintain a perfect rhythm throughout the show and you have a sensational live performance that is rarely matched. As the bandleader, Emilio is on tenor and alto saxophones along with backing and occasionally lead vocals. Marcus Scott is on lead vocals. It was not the first time the band had performed here. Marcus is the newest member of the band and has some big shoes to fill with the passing of their former lead singer about a year ago. To my delight, Marcus appears to embody the soulful sound of the music itself, while breathing new life into it. With soaring vocal prowess, he manages to stay on top of the powerful horn section. Marcus, dressed in the appropriated garb for their genre, came down from the stage and among the crowd on a couple of occasions to the delight of the fans.