Tonight was one of the most fun, awesome, rocking and…surreal nights of my life.
Tonight was the long-awaited Eraserheads Reunion Concert, which had become more and more epic as each day passed. There’s a lot of history leading to that statement, but to cut a long story short: the concert was a rumor, and then it was confirmed, and then the whole ticketing business was shrouded in mystery, and then word came out that it wasn’t going to push through, and then it was going to push through, and that was announced three days before the concert and then Ely Buendia’s mother passed away, but the concert still pushed through. (Er…that wasn’t too short, was it?) Read full post…
Honestly, I kind of hoped that they would postpone the concert, even if I’m a super Eraserheads fan. I mean, SERIOUSLY. The frontman’s mother just passed away. I personally would like him to spend time with his family and all, instead of going on stage just because the show must go on. There was a lot of stress on the whole band because of the reunion concert alone, and Ely’s mom’s passing would add to the stress! But they decided to go with the concert, so…yeah.
Being total Eraserheads fans, Ivy and I met at Serendra for lunch so we could go inside the concert grounds early and get a decent position. We had lunch at Conti’s (and had this super yummy Mocha Frappe!!!) before heading on over to the concert grounds. We met June and Izay and their many other friends. Too bad I didn’t see my brother and the rest of the Bagetsafonik boys… and I didn’t see the many other bloggers who were there, too. Ah well.
The concert was AWESOME. There was a 10-minute countdown (I think that was kind of too long. They should’ve just counted down from 5 minutes max) before the band launched the concert with Alapaap, which, for me, was the perfect song to start the concert with. There was fireworks and pyrotechnics and all that jazz, but even without the flashy stuff, the first song ROCKED. And so did all the other songs.
MAN, I gotta tell you: the Eraserheads really were something else. As much as I love Ely in Pupil, Buddy in The Dawn, Raimund in Sandwich, and Marcus in Marcus Highway, there really was something different when they put their Heads together. Their chemistry was different, and MAN they were awesome tonight!!! I don’t know about everybody else, but to me, it was as if the band hadn’t stopped playing together. (And it was as if there wasn’t any friction before, either. They all complemented each other, and no one outstaged anybody else.)
They played their songs flawlessly. From Ligaya to With a Smile to Hey Jay, Sembreak, Kaliwete, Fruitcake, Shake Yer Head, and all the other songs in the awesome first set. I loved it when Raimund stood up behind the drums in Harana. I don’t know why, really. Haha! Buddy’s basslines was LUV and Ely was…well… Ely. ‘Nuff said. Too bad Marcus’ hand had more video exposure than Marcus himself. Hehe.
The crowd was going crazy (myself included) because… well, this was just the band that pretty much left a HUGE dent in Philippine music and helped shape it as we know it today. Those guys are legends. And they pretty much shaped my musical preferences, too, since I grew up listening to them since I was in 3rd grade.
They played my three most favorite songs: Minsan, Huwag Kang Matakot and, finally, LIGHTYEARS!!! My ultimate favorite song EVER!!! That was their last song for the first set, and they went backstage for a 20-minute intermission.
So, again, the countdown clock was flashed on the screen, and we were all taking it easy…
Until the 20-minute countdown disappeared. It was weird, and we decided that it must be because the people involved (band and crew?) thought that maybe they couldn’t go on in 20 minutes. This was perfectly fine, of course… but I felt really weird then. Somehow I felt that something was wrong…especially since Ely sat down onstage after Lightyears. Well, the guy must be tired after everything that’s happened, so…yeah.
Twenty minutes passed, and the band wasn’t back on stage.
Another minute. And another. And another.
I was starting to wonder what was going on backstage.
And then some people went on stage. Crew people attending to the instruments. And then some more people came on stage. Buddy, Marcus, and Raimund. And they were not making their way to their instruments. And Ely was not on stage with them.
Instead of Ely, there was a girl with Buddy, whom he introduced as Lally Buendia, Ely’s sister.
And then Lally announced that Ely had to be rushed to the hospital because of emotional stress.
photo by Jorem Catillo
So, yeah, the concert had to be cut short. But honestly? I didn’t have the mind to be frustrated over that. I was worred about Ely! Waaaaa! A dude from MTV called a one-minute silent prayer for Ely. After that we were requested to exit the concert grounds in an orderly fashion.
The audience didn’t move.
We were all hanging around, sort of waiting for more news or…something. I was feeling incredibly strage. I mean, one minute I was feeling ecstatic because I was watching one of my favorite bands of all time in a reunion concert, and then suddenly the vocalist and writer was in the hospital. GAAAAH! It was surreal!
Realizing that being in a daze wasn’t helping, Ivy and I left t
o go home, and while we were walking we decided to pray a bit more for Ely and his family, and the rest of the Heads, as well. I think those prayers calmed us some, too…
And so here I am, 2 hours later, safe at home. I was informed a few minutes ago that Ely was conscious, and that his condition was stable. PHEW! Thank God. Even so, I’ll keep praying for them. The guy needs rest. I’m praying even more for Lally. I mean, she just lost her mother, and now her brother was collapsing in a concert. MAN. I can’t even begin to imagine how she’s feeling.
So, yes, the night took a weird turn that no one expected. But I, for one, was satisfied with how the concert turned out (excluding the Ely collapsing bit). I would have wanted more songs, of course, but the first set has already made me happy. Watching the Heads perform those first 15 songs together, after so long, was already worth my 1300-peso ticket. A part two of this reunion would be nice, but I’m not expecting it… And if it should happen, I don’t think it’ll be any time soon. But I’ll be keeping my ears open. Meanwhile, let’s pray for Ely and his family during this time of mourning.