The second leg of Jed Madela’s 2017 US Tour (produced by Stargaze Productions’ Carnie Banares) had every show sold out. However, the first show held at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California last August 17— didn’t exactly go off as smoothly as expected.
Jed was supposed to perform with Morissette Amon that night but the latter didn’t make it to California in time for the show. Jed admitted that he got worried that Morissette’s absence would pose a problem.
“With regards to Morissette, her working visa didn’t come through on time. Honestly, I got worried when I found out what happened to her. I thought the venue would want to cancel the show because ang inaasahan nila, dalawa kami ni Morissette na nandun. I got even more worried when my team told me that some people already asked for ticket refunds,” he confessed.
He was relieved when his management told him that the venue decided not to cancel. Some refunds were made, but the show eventually got sold out. In fact, right before the program, he was told some fans were declined at the door because there were no more available tickets.
Despite Morissette’s absence, Jed went onstage determined to make sure those who bought tickets—and didn’t ask for refunds—would get their money’s worth. Luckily, his efforts paid off.
“Like any other professional, I went on with the show. I wanted to make sure that the audience wouldn’t go home feeling shortchanged, and they didn’t. They went home happy naman,” Jed says. “I got rave reviews, kaya the producer is already planning another US tour for me next year. Some of Morissette’s fans refunded their tickets kasi nga wala siya, but some stayed to watch me. I met with them afterwards and they told me I gained new fans, so I also went home happy.”
This leg of the tour is the final one for this year and he’s thrilled it’s ending on a high note. The power belter is hoping this success will pave the way for other opportunities abroad.
“I feel blessed to have been given the opportunity to travel and do more shows abroad. I’m happy my management team works hard to find producers who’ll get me for their shows. I do get offers for shows in the Philippines, and sold out din naman sila, but maganda rin na meron akong natatanggap sa ibang bansa. Who knows, maybe all this overseas touring will lead to bigger opportunities there. Let’s see.”