Now here comes the experience! Unlike last year, we now share it with some of our friends! We joined an audience of 100,000 people! Well, it is very much likely since more fans had time to prepare themselves, money wise, for this last segment of the Eraserheads’ Reunion concert.
We arrived at MOA around 4pm, called Pareng Liad (with his girlfriend, Nanz) and also Jhun to ask them where they were at that time. We (me and hubby) ate our merienda/dinner at Pupung’s and headed to the venue while taking some pictures along the way. When we entered the venue they were not that strict with the frisking and checking of bags, unlike in The Fort. Pardon me because I will compare this two venues as I go along with my story. We found a very nice spot near the middle, just the right view of the big projector screen and the stage. Now with the comparing, I wasn’t satisfied as to how the organizers made the preparations for this BIG event. There is only one big screen in the middle unlike in The Fort where there are at least 3 or 4 projectors for each segment of viewers. The sound system sucked because it sounded more of a can thrown down at the pavement. I don’t like it…it sounded so cheap…
The event started with the MTV VJs doing their job of making some small scripted chitchats and announcements of sponsors, which by the way received a loud “Booooo” from the audience, most probably from our block, the Silver A. (LOL) And there’s this guy VJ, I don’t even care to search the net for his name, who’s face seemed to fight his anger because every time it’s his turn to talk the “Boooo”s were louder. 😀
And so the concert began…
I found this blog of Ben Alegre, and he had a very detailed list of the songs and what happened during those cuts…I’m just gonna paste them here, I hope he’ll forgive me for doing this! (*begging*)
- Walang Nagbago
- Maling Akala
- Poor Man’s Grave
- Waiting for the Bus //Right be for the song, the crowd was shouting “Group hug! Group hug! Group hug!” Ely replied: “Kayo muna!” And there was a brief moment of laughter from the audience.
- Huwag Mo Nang Itanong //The Eheads played this song Reggae-style. Groovy! Marcus was on vocals! I will never foreget the whimsical changes to the lyrics like “At di ko sasabihin sayo…”
- Slo mo
- Alkohol //For those of you who don’t know, Radio Active Sago’s rendition of Alkohol was actually a tribute to the Eraserheads. Raims did a good job on the vocals. Full of energy. It was almost like Sandwich! Haha. Moreover, I believe everyone will never forget the moment when Raims posed with Ely for a good 15-30 seconds for some photo op in the middle of the song.
- Insomnia //I believe after this song, the crowd was requesting Buddy to sing. “Buddy! Buddy! Buddy!” Jazz was quick to play the intro of the Fabulous Baker Boy on the keyboards. Buddy sang the first line: “They come to me for doughnuts…” Stop. And everyone laughed.And how can we all forget? Ely said: “On vocals… Raimund Marasigan!”
Set 2 //This acoustic set is the most memorable one for me. They played songs that I’ve never imagined them perform in a concert. Not to mention, I’ve never seen them on an acoustic setup.
- Julie Tearjerky
- Wishing Wells
- Fine Time
- Pare Ko
- Kailan //Ely goes solo with Jazz Nicolas on keyboards. Loved it!
- Trip to Jerusalem
- Overdrive //After the song, I thought it was over but no one was leaving. No one.
Set 3 //This is supposedly their final set
- Superproxy //Too bad Francism didn’t make it. Sad. He was going to jam with the Eraserheads. I’m not sure if he was gonna rap or sing. Again for those of you who don’t know, in the Cutter Pillow version, Ely sang while Francism rapped. In the Ultraelectromagneticjam version, Francism sang while Ely rapped. Last night, Ely did both – sing and rap.
- Minsan //It was a very heartfelt song. You can tell from Ely’s voice and facial expression. One of my friends even got teary-eyed.
- Kaleidoscope World //This is the 0.5 song in my count. The Eheads played the chorus. “Every color, every hue, is represented by me and you… in this kaleidoscope world.”
- Huling El Bimbo //As expected this will be their finale. As the song was about to end, Ely lit the piano at his back on fire. I believe it was the piano at the album cover of Sticker Happy. At this point everyone was roudy and shouting “Woooo!” Finally, the fans got their “group hug.” Technically it was just a group bow. I was really delighted with Ely’s enthusiasm as he was the one calling rest of the band, Raims, Buddy, Marcus and Jazz (their sessionist / drummer of the “Evil” Itchyworms). They “hugged” and bowed together.Oh I forgot, Ely threw his sneakers! Both of them!
Set 4 //Some of the people started leaving. But, it seemed like Raims wasn’t contented with the 3 sets. He wanted more. And so did we! He called everyone and even asked the crown to call out the other band members! Ely! Marcus! Buddy!
- Sem break //I think Ely jumped to the 3rd stanza so the song was “cut short.” After the last note of the song, he was about to sing another stanza then he realized “Ay tapos na pala…”
- Toyang //At this point Ely went down the stage spent some time with the fans. As he was going back on stage, he passed the microphone to Tim Yap. He was supposed to sing the line “Pero pero pero malinis to…” Instead, he mistakenly sang “Pen pen pen de sarah pen…” I feel so embarassed for him. Tim Yap BOOOOO!!!
By that time of the 4th set, we were about to leave the venue but we took some pictures until we heard Ely said, “Pwede pa ba?”. And so we ran back to where we first stood but then the people started to climb the partitions to get to the other side since the guards aren’t there anymore. We reached the Gold B area after we saw an opening at the partitions where people are rushing through! There was one casualty though, I’m not really sure what happened to her leg. And as we are jumping and screaming our lungs out with the songs, we felt the ground was shaking, really! 😀
This is really the best closure for the Eraserheads, a great concert and a lot of very happy fans! And for the pictures, just visit my Multiply account! 🙂