MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – American singer-songwriter James Taylor cancelled an upcoming concert in Manila to protest Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, a campaign of alleged extrajudicial slaughter that has claimed more than 6,000 lives.
Taylor, a Grammy winner known for songs including “Fire and Rain” and “You’ve Got a Friend,” cancelled the show — part of a February tour through Asia — in a statement posted to his personal website on Wednesday.
However, there is a lot of speculation on the real reasons Taylor cancelled the show. Here are the top ten, as compiled by The Adobo Chronicles:
- We asked the Filipino millennials what they thought of James Taylor’s concert in Manila. Their response: ‘James who?’
- We asked Filipino baby boomers the same question. Their response: ‘What for? As senior citizens, we get to go see free movies every Tuesday.’
- Taylor’s famous song, ‘You’ve Got A Friend.’ Well, not in Duterte.
- Taylor’s famous song, ‘Sweet Baby James.’ Not anymore, say the majority of Filipinos.
- Concert venue Mall of Asia’s full house capacity: 20,000. Advanced ticket sales to date: 200.
- Top concert ticket price: P14,260. That’s more than the cost of two rountrip airline tickets to Boracay, the world’s most beautiful island.
- Lowest concert ticket price: P2,120. My, that’s a lot of pre-paid minutes on your smart phone!
- Filipinos to James Taylor: ‘You are no Miss Universe.’
- Filipinos to James Taylor: ‘You are no Manny Pacquiao.’
- Taylor’s famous song; ‘Long Ago and Far Away.’ Yup, that’s James Taylor alright!
- (Bonus reason). He’s afraid he’d be jailed in Manila, having been a self-confessed former heroine addict.