Upcoming jamming session nina Rico Blanco, Raimund Marasigan, at mga music legends, inaabangan sa Twitter

Get a chance to hear the local music legends jam for the love of U2!
Nov 15, 2019

With Rico Blanco tweeting “sinong game?,” a huge collaboration among the country’s music legends is now in the works.

And almost effortlessly, the collab finds an instant sponsor!

The idea started when Rico, former vocalist of Rivermaya, got sentimental on Twitter and recalled watching a U2 concert in New York City in 2005 by himself.

In his tweet, Rico sent out an open invitation to a jamming session featuring U2 songs, given that U2 will be holding a concert in the Philippines this December.

He tweeted: "couldnt find a companion when i watched U2 in 05 in nyc. naiyak ako few times wishing my friends & loved ones were w me. u can imagine how excited i am for their show here. been soundtrippin their entire catalog & now i just wanna find some ppl to jam U2 songs w/ Sinong game?"

Francis "Brew" Reyes, guitarist of The Dawn, immediately replied to Rico's tweet. He shared how he, too, felt emotional when he saw the band in 2009, and asked to join the jam.

He wrote: "Saw em in 09 in Toronto. I cried, complete with uhog, no joke! Don’t remember kung during City Of Blinding Lights o Unforgettable Fire... both malamang haha! Tara jam!!!"

Former Barbie's Cradle lead vocalist Barbie Almalbis also replied, asking if she can watch the jam–or even join them!

She wrote: "meeee!!! Can I watch the jam? or sumaling pusa? hehe"

Rico then tagged former Rivermaya bandmate and bassist Japs Sergio, and asked if he would be up to playing bass.

Rico said: "tara @francisbrew tara barbie!! @japssergio game ka ba mag bass? o pang wild swans ka lang ba hahaha"

Japs replied in the affirmative: "Nyahaha! Game! Clayton na 'to!!"

"Clayton" is a reference to Adam Clayton, the bassist of U2.

Rico replied: "yown!!! teka i gig na kaya natin ito kahit small venue para sing along!! Hahahaha"

Sandwich frontman Raimund Marasigan also joined the conversation. He asked to join the jam by replying, "me two", along with the drums emoji.

Rico was thrilled to have Raimund, who was also the former drummer of Eraserheads, play the drums.

Rico wrote: "seryoso? game! @francisbrew @barbiealmalbis @japssergio we have a drummer! hahaha do we need a keyboardist para may eno tayo?"

"Eno" is a reference to Brian Eno, a keyboardist and music producer who produced U2's album The Unforgettable Fire in 1984.

Former Eraserheads keyboardist Buddy Zabala, who also plays the bass for Moonstar 88, volunteered himself.

He replied, "Count me in!!!", adding a piano keyboard emoji in his tweet.

Japs exclaimed: "Aaahyeah!!! Exciting i2!"


The fans of the music icons were thrilled over the possible collaboration, with some even volunteering to join them.

In fact, Rico already received a lot of replies applauding the idea of jamming to U2's songs.

CJ Rivera, station manager of 99.5 Play FM and music and programming director of Magic 89.9, noticed the exchange of tweets among the music legends.

Saying that the jam will be the collaboration of the year, CJ asked Smart Music Live to make it happen.

He tweeted: "Whats this I’m reading?!! Guys.. tuloy na to! Collab of the year for sure! Hi #SmartMusicLive @LiveSmart can you make this happen?"

Smart Music Live, the presenter of U2's upcoming concert, The Joshua Tree in Manila, noticed the tweet and immediately agreed to make this super collaboration happen.

Smart Music Live posted: “HEY @ricoblanco @barbiealmalbis @raymsmercygun @francisbrew @japssergio @BuddyZabala COUNT US IN! Let’s make it happen. We’ll host the gig for you! #SmartMusicLive #SmartU2TourPH"

Japs was the first to reply and express his excitement to the possible gig, saying: "waah! eeez happening!!!"

Stay tuned to PEP.ph for updates.

This article was created by Summit Storylabs in partnership with Smart.
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