He is known as the voice of Side A.
But after 23 years of being the band’s frontman, Joey Generoso has decided to take a brave step forward.
No, Side A is not breaking up and he is not leaving the band. But Joey G. is releasing a solo album under Warner Music Philippines titled, Joey G. Stand.
The title of the album, which is also the title of its carrier single, holds a special meaning for Joey.
“It’s Stand kasi it’s my first time to stand alone. Maganda yung meaning ng ‘Stand’… Joey G Stand…parang I’ll be standing alone for the first time,” he explained.
While a lot of us would surmise that his bandmates would be opposed to the idea of him going solo, Joey pointed out that they are very supportive.
“They’re all excited and very supportive, you know.
“And one song came from our bassist, yung Ned Esguerra…and ganda rin nung ginawa niya. It’s entitled ‘For You.’
“They’ll be there on August 15. Manunood sila lahat. They’ll be there to support me,” Joey said, referring to his solo concert to be held at the Music Museum.
His special guests are his former Side A bandmate Joey Benin, and Zia Quizon, daughter of the late Dolphy and Zsa Zsa Padilla.
Joey believes that one of the reasons why their band has lasted this long is because of the freedom they give to each other, especially in terms of their individual growth as artists.
“Nung days pa ni Wyngard [Tracy, their former manager who passed away in 2010], we’re allowed to do yung mga ganitong klase…si Naldy [Gonzales] gumagawa ng mga songs…mga compositions sa ibang artists.
“Tapos yung mga ibang members naman gumagawa din ng compositions sa ibang artists.
“So may mga ganun kami… Kaya rin siguro kami nagtagal, ang Side A, kasi may mga freedom kaming ganun.
“Tapos, minsan may mga solo shows ako… Nagge-guest ako ng solo lang sa ibang artist din, gumagawa din ako ng shows na iba…pero yung album ang wala pa,” he said.