Fans of the Eraserheads describedlast Saturday's reunion concert as a surreal moment. Right from the actualcountdown signaling the start of the show leading to the distinctive intro ofthe liberating ditty "Alapaap" until the last strains of the poignant hymn"Lightyears"—thousands of loyal supporters of perhaps the most influentiallocal rock band of all time cheered, clapped, and tirelessly sang along inunison to the tunes that defined the ‘90s and even beyond.
Frontman Ely Buendia has neverbeen known to be much of a talker on stage, or a crowd-pleaser as they say, but hedoesn't really have to be one especially if the songs being dished out are purelyEraserheads numbers. Just the sight of the four band members, namely—Ely,Marcus Adoro, Buddy Zabala, and Raimund Marasigan—sharing one stage again aftersix years of not playing together was enough to keep everyone spellbound thatevening.
But the euphoria felt by thecrowd suddenly turned to gloom when it was announced that the concert had to becut short after Ely was rushed to the hospital because of chest pains. Theenigmatic singer-songwriter, as revealed, was undergoing a lot of stressbrought by the death of his mother two days before the concert. Preparationsfor the concert also went through a lot of glitches and the band had to attendto every detail while at the same time rehearse 30 songs in such a short periodof time. Sadly, all the fatigue and stress caught up with Ely on the night ofthe concert itself.
The second set never happened andthe fans were all left to savor the 15 songs they heard before the concert had to be discontinued.
GIVING HIS HEART OUT. In a recent message posted by drummer RaimundMarasigan on Sandwich's mailing list, he commended Ely for courageously pullinghimself up to perform in spite of his condition.
"Ely was in no condition[emotionally] and [physically] to play but he did. And he gave it his all whichis more than we could ask from him. Given the circumstances he was in," wroteMarasigan.
The hardworking drummer also didnot rule out the possibility of a repeat, provided that Ely is healthy and fullyrested.
"I promise to give you anotherEraserheads show as soon as possible," he optimistically added.
"A NIGHT TO REMEMBER." Radiohead Media Solutions Inc. likewiseissued an official statement following Saturday's big event. The said groupobtained the rights to the concert at the last minute, after the original sponsor PhilipMorris pulled out brought by legal impediments.
The full statement, as furnishedrecently, reads:
"The Eraserheads Reunion concert was truly anight to remember, finally another encore to the most successful,critically-acclaimed, and significant band in the history of Original PilipinoMusic (OPM). It was the reunion of all reunions.
"The crowd cheered when the countdown started. Asthe band emerged from the stage, the whole Bonifacio Global City Open Fieldwent wild. The E-Heads' first song was "Alapaap." Everyone was singing along asthe band sang "Ligaya," "Sem-Break," "Harana," Toyang," and "With a Smile."
"After 15 songs, Ely Buendia, the front man of thelegendary band, experienced extreme exhaustion. During the 20-minuteintermission, Mr. Buendia had to be rushed to Makati Medical Center. He waslater transferred to the Philippine Heart Center in Quezon City. He is now instable condition but is still under observation.
"We are extending our gratitude to all the 20,000plus fans who attended the show. Thank you very much for understanding thecircumstances and accepting the situation.
"The rest of the band members are asking forcontinued prayers for the speedy recovery of Mr. Ely Buendia."
MTV and Radiohead Media SolutionsInc. head Francis Lumen accompanied the three other members of the Eraserheads,along with Ely's sister Lally, on stage to announce the unfortunateincident to anxious fans last Saturday evening.