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Eraserheads: The Reunion

May isang umaga na tayo’y magsasama
Haya at halina sa alapaap
O anong sarap

So it was a promise after all. Alapaap’s surreal–sounding opening verse, sometimes omitted in our minds in favor of the upbeat chorus and other verses, was in hindsight an assurance that no matter what, against all odds, there is that one day when we’ll all be together, again. And it was 083008.

The Eraserheads reunion concert must’ve been one of the most awaited events in many people’s lives. I’ve been waiting for so long but never expected it this soon anyway. When I heard about it though, I had to accept it was going to be now.

Bloggers at the Eraserheads reunion concert. [1]

The ensuing drama wouldn’t let things stay as simple as they should be though. There was the DOH and tobacco advertising issue that gave Marlboro/Philip Morris lots of free mileage, and then came the sad passing of Ely’s mother. When it seemed like it was too good to push through, something else had to come to cast a cloud of doubt on the whole thing. Since ticket details were never clear until just days before Saturday, I was almost resigned to the fact that I might actually miss the first (and probably only) Eraserheads reunion concert.

When I got Juned’s message that our friends at San Miguel through Red Horse have some tickets for a few dozen bloggers, it had me believing that maybe I was really destined to see the Eraserheads!

Bloggers at the Eraserheads reunion concert. [2]

About two hours before the concert, we finally were in our Red Horse–badged Ely Buendia shirts with tickets ready. All we had to worry about now was where to get dinner so we could get in before the crowd thickens like a raging flood. More than 30 bloggers scrambled to grab a bite, rushing around the Bonifacio High Street area. Just a few minutes before 8PM, we were headed for the Patrons’ entrance.

Crowd ingress was smooth despite the long queue. Turns out the long lines were mostly due to insistent fans wanting to bring in long–zoom cameras and camcorders just to document this milestone in their lives. I left all my cameras in the car though, I knew they were prohibited and would only make things harder for me. Besides, there was no way I could grab decent shots from our section.

The 10–minute countdown seemed like too much at first, but as it got closer the crowd’s energy was just electric. After the short AVP, there was the band, finally, opening with what could possibly be their most popular song Alapaap. As they reached the first chorus, the crowd was jumping to the beat, oblivious to the rest of the world. All that mattered was the music.

Markku & Hana at the Eraserheads reunion concert.

It was only at that point that I felt that all was real, this is the Eraserheads together for a night to remember. Hana was right in front of me singing and trying to record a video on her phone, I was just so happy to have her by my side on that fateful night. And then I remembered Jonas, who’s probably the biggest Eraserheads fan I know. I dialed his number, all the way to Dubai Bahrain. I raised my phone up high just as Ely belted Ang daming bawal sa mundo, sinasakal nila tayo. Buksan ang puso at isipan, paliparin ang kamalayan.

After Alapaap, I could’ve walked out of there in nirvana. All I needed was one song from the Eraserheads, the music that is the soundtrack of my life.

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There are a handful of great stories on the web about the Eraserheads reunion concert, here are some you might want to read:

Bloggers at the Eraserheads reunion concert. [3]

Bloggers at the Eraserheads reunion concert. [4]

Bloggers at the Eraserheads reunion concert. [5]

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17 Responses

  1. Yup, surreal talaga. Up to now I’m still wondering to myself if the concert really happened at all…or baka kulang lang ako sa tulog. :p

    In spite of the dramatic and unanticipated end, it was a great show and definitely an experience to remember. :)

  2. we got through VIP! we would’ve gone to SVIP but we got dyahe na and i heard it’s not that great coz puro kids and artista. the vibe at the VIP section was so great, it was like a mini reunion of people of our generation who used to make takas at night to watch eheads in club dredd(jon palala and i used to do that! LOL).

    i may not be a super eheads fan but they defined our generation. for two hours, we forgot car payments to be made, mortgages to pay, jobs to worry about, kids to send to school. everybody felt like we were back in college or high school subsisting in 50-peso a day allowances. i totally loved it!

    oh, i was also invited to the saguijo performance after where buddy, marcus and raimund played the remainder of the set with aia of imago and ebe and a bunch of others. sayang, i was too tired to follow but i heard it was a blast.

  3. love the last shot, vair awesome :) Too bad the e-heads had to end their concert early, and it’s truly amazing that the audience didn’t react badly. Pretty admirable that they respected the group that way, really.

  4. Kakaibang experience talaga. The moment Raymund pounded the bass drum for the Alapaap intro, I got goosebumps all over. Kulang na lang lumuha ako sa saya!

  5. @Ria Jose Thanks, thanks!

    @ideographer You had a well–written story that everyone should read. ;)

    @hana Unbelievable, considering that I’ve been dreaming of something like this not too long ago and I had to always slap myself back into reality. I’m so glad you were with me. :)

    @Grace V Oh you were there? I never thought you listened to the eheads. :p

    @Amanda Thanks! The crowd were just acting their age. Most of us are there were well past the teenage angst–driven years. ;)

    @pao I think the proper term is spiritual.

    @Poyt If only we got to shoot up close. ;)

  6. some things i want to say:

    1) i’m in bahrain, not dubai. thanks for the call though, really appreciated it. sobrang inggit nga lang. :p

    2) i really hate missing the concert, especially since i don’t know if it’s ever going to happen again. it would have been great to have been there with the whole band and some other of our friends. even if we weren’t in the VIP section like some of our other more ‘experienced’ friends. hehehe.

    3) that night, when i got home from work, i brought out my guitar and had a concert of my own. only had hank the hippo as my audience though. :p

    4) i want that shirt too!!! pre, wala ka na ba makukuha na isa pang t-shirt?!? sige na!!!

  7. oh markku, i am waaaaaaaaay cooler than you and jonas combined. and you know it.

    just kidding ;)

    seriously, there are talks that they’ll try to have a second go at it. this reunion concert was just the start. will try to keep you updated.

  8. @Grace V. I really should just die now. Hehehe. ;)

    We all deserve another reunion concert. And they should do it when Jonas is in the country, hehehe.

    @pao Medyo corny pero parang ganun naramdaman ko eh. Marami tayong ganun yung pakiramdam. ;)

    @Jehzeel Laurente You should’ve joined us! :)

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