Pop Goes The News — Canadian ‘90s band The Moffatts could be staging a reunion — in Southeast Asia.
Triplets Bob, Clint and Dave Moffatt — now 32 — and Scott Moffatt, 33, are not publicly talking about regrouping but their father Frank is using Facebook to gauge interest in concerts in The Philippines and Indonesia.
[Update: In a Facebook live session only hours after this story was posted, Scott encouraged fans to show their support and said: “It would be wonderful to get back to the Philippines.]
The Moffatts started as a country group in their native B.C. but became pop-rock stars in 1998 with the release of Chapter I: A New Beginning and hits like “I’ll Be There For You,” “Girl Of My Dreams” and “Misery.”
Their follow-up album, 2000’s Submodalities, spawned the hit “Bang Bang Boom.”
The Moffatts toured extensively and picked up several Juno Awards, including Best Pop Album and Best Group.
While The Moffatts failed to catch on in the U.S. market — where another band of brothers, Hanson, was selling millions of records — the Canadian quartet was on fire in Southeast Asia.
The Moffatts broke up in the summer of 2001, reportedly due to conflict between Dave — who came out as gay — and their father and manager, Frank Moffatt.
A reunion concert in Manilla makes sense given that The Moffatts remain the biggest-selling international band in The Philippines, a country of more than 100 million people.
There is also a push for concerts in Jakarta and Bali.
“I’ll be there for you. Will you be there for us?,” reads a message on Frank’s Facebook page, where he encourages fans to send an email indicating their support.
In a response to one fan, Frank said the group “can’t buy flights on Facebook likes” and that emails “show more commitment.”
If the brothers are on board for a reunion, they’re not doing much to promote the idea. None have mentioned an overseas concert on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
None could be reached for comment on their father’s campaign to reunite them in Southeast Asia. Frank did not respond to a request for comment.