Pinoy Rock in the Philippines

si basha anak ni dante at delilah ang lead singer ng “advent call”. if you remember during the pinoy rock days at rj, there was a station id from a very young kid’s voice that goes: “pinoy rock has got a lot of potential going for it, and i want to contribute to the music when the time comes. but you can start right NOW!” – si basha iyon. ngayon lead singer na gwaping at maraming chicks. si adam din na anak niya may punk na band din na tumutugtog sa nasirang club dredd nung araw. hehehe… nood nga kami ni egay ng concert nila sa club dredd for adams set, tapos lipat kami sa mayrics for basha’s set. all in one night.

mga batang brave new world din. naalala ko tuloy ang BNW era: original manager ng jerks at chaos si dante at parating nasa bahay namin sa pasay sina chikoy pura at tommy tanchangco. bagets pa sila nung time na iyon… pero mabagsik na. twenty years has passed and the jerks are still playing. they were and still are: one of the best bands to perform before a live audience. in band parlance – they are a very tight band. they came out with their first CD 2 years ago, one of my favorites. and my favorite cut: “kun di man” – love song na medyo reggea na sweet.

nung inoperahan si dante sa ulo (sira ulo kasi eh) many years ago… they did a benefit concert sa Bistro RJ QC to pay for the medical bills and it was a great night of pinoy rock (one of the best concerts i’ve attended dahil maliit lang na venue at very intimate). nandoon sina banyuhay, sampaguita, pen-pen, the dawn, anak bayan (with the late great edmund fortuno, my idol), binky lampano, tropical depression, and the jerks… sayang, sana we had the foresight to record the concert. the best number ay nung nag all star cast sina binky, chikoy at si papa dom – kinanta nila yung “reklamo ng reklamo”… which incidentally is in the Jerks CD as well.

pahabol: i was in davao a few years ago for a project at mt. apo. lumabas kami ng hotel ng kasama ko. sa may plaza, nagulat kami dahil may libreng concert… ang kakanta ay si sampaguita at yung baget na banda na walang kwenta (nakalimutan ko na). anyway, pinanood namin yung set ni sampaguita… as always, magaling na showmanship. ang lead guitarist niya ay ang kanyang anak na si cowboy (who incidentally also plays for the ateneo band of apa ongpin, “the blue rats”. mga atenista talaga, oo. hmmp! hehehe). anyway, ok na rin si cowboy, gumagaling na. itong si cowboy nga pala ay anak ni sampaguita from nilo santos (who incidentally was the producer of the series of new moon concerts during the late 70’s).

the new moon concert was the first time sampaguita was introduced to the public and it was probably the time that cowboy was conceived… hehehe. the 2nd new moon concert was where sampaguita first sang “bonggahan”, “tao” and “sa diyos lamang”. all composed by sampaguita’s ex, gary perez. the lead guitaritst of anak bayan, who played back-up for sampaguita. ayan, katakut takut na pinoy rock tsismis ang natutunan nyo sa akin ngayong umaga.

2 thoughts on “Pinoy Rock in the Philippines

  1. Batjay,

    One of the best thing I like about you is your love for Pinoy Rock music. galing!

    Marami pa rin nmn magagaling sa time ko ngayon,masarap pa rin manood ng fete, rock awards at kung ano ano pang local gigs, pero parang sobrang astig ng pinoy rock scene of your age!

    Mabuhay mga pinoy na musikero!

  2. Thank you.

    i was really lucky to be around during the late 70s because that was the golden age of pinoy rock. there were a lot of artists, concerts and even a pinoy rock movie. i was even luckier to be in the front row of what was happening because my brother was the host of the pinoy rock and rhythm show at RJ when RJ was still the rock of manila.

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