Eraserheads’ The Final Set concert: The Chronicle
March 7, 2009 – The weather was good. Everyone was still reflecting on the death of Francis M but eagerly and patiently await for the Eraserheads’ Final Set concert. After all, it’s a tribute to the master rapper. Traffic was already building up when we arrived at the SM Mall of Asia grounds past 5pm. There was a long line leading to the parking lot and it took us almost 30mins to park. But it wasn’t that bad at all. We were all set to rock and reminisce the good ol music that we once loved in the 90s.
Like everyone else, we kept a tight grip on our tickets. Boy, we were so glad that we got the nice spot- Gold, which is next to VIP (courtesy of Smart Communications). A rough estimate of 180,000 Eraserheads fanatics flocked the SM Mall of Asia grounds to witness the final set. And yes, they were back to settle an unfinished business that they left during the reunion concert in 2008, which was postponed due to Ely Buendia’s heart condition that led him to undergo an angioplasty surgery. Somehow, people think if Ely can still manage the pressure especially that his longtime friend Francis Magalona passed away a day before the Final Set. With fingers crossed, we were looking forward to witnessing the best of their best shows.
Patiently, we waited for the group (despite the countless AVPs and TVCs of sponsors). MTV VJs Anne Kurtis, Kat Alano and I dunno who else, came on stage to announce a long list of (again) sponsors. Anne Kurtis even did an ad lib, “So exactly where is the tindahan ni aling nenE?” Totally pissed, the audience booed and shouted, “Eheads! Eheads! Eheads!” Then a group of Eheads fanatics began a countdown that actually stopped the vj’s from talking. Kat Alano could only utter, “Enjoy the show!” Soon enough (well after 3 more sets of sponsors’ avp’s and commercials and boy, we were so tired of seeing Piolo Pascual and Angel Locsin on screen), the lights turned off and an avp of Eheads was shown on big screens. A video rerun of a brief chronicle of the Eraserheads- how they started, how they formed as a band, and how millions of Filipinos embraced their songs. Truly, it was a trip down memory lane. To start the event, alphabet letters were shown on reverse starting from the letter Z and ending with a big creative E.
Flashes of the creative letter “e” and photos of Eraserheads that appeared before the 4 huge screens above the stage set the crowd alive and shouting before the final appearance of the popular rock band. The Eraserheads opened the event with a song Magasin. Everyone couldn’t help but shout and sing along. Admittedly, it took me quite some time publishing this blog because YouTube won’t upload the videos I took. 😦 Quite unfortunate coz most of them are way better than the videos I found on YouTube. But these videos are good enough esp that the ones who took it are obviously from VIP and Gold spots. 😉
The audience was also treated to a reggae yet funny version of Wag Mo Nang Itanong Sa Akin, Marcus Adoro’s own rendition. Come to think of it, it was cute and everyone loved it. Raimund Marasigan was even laughing as he was shaking his marakas. The Eheads drummer took time off his drumset to deliver punk songs like Alkohol, Insomnia and Slo Mo. Everyone thought that this hyper number was specifically done for Ely so he would not tire easily.
A 15-minute gap was allowed for the band to be able to rest and change set. After which, Eraserheads came back with a more comfortable set. With bean bags around and a sofa chair, the frontman Ely even jokingly said, “Do you like our new home? Kung may mga request kayo, just write them on a 1/4 sheet of paper, lengthwise (huh?) and give it to the waiter.” This is where they played their accoustic and slow rock songs like Julie Tearjerky, Fine Time and more. After that, Ely then wowed the crowd with the classic Pare Ko leaving everyone cursing as we sing the chorus, “Di ba, t#%? ina, pinaasa nya lang ako. L3%!ng pag ibig to woohhh ohh…” The group obviously want their audience to shout “more” so Ely had to say “Thank you very much.”
Following was the tribute to the man, Francis M. Ely, being the master rapper’s long time buddy, encouraged the crowd to shout “Francis” while Raimund clapped his hands as they played the song, Superproxy. He also sang Kiko’s Kaleidoscope World plus a hair-raising Eraserheads’ Alapaap, that were both rendered to pay tribute to the one and only Francis M. I particularly liked Alapaap and Minsan especially that the latter deals with friendship.
To wrap it up, the Final Set really lived up to the expectations of more than 100,000 Eraserheads fans who hailed from different places. Colorful fireworks and confettis worked great as they ended the song with Huling El Bimbo. Ely even drenched the piano with a lighter fluid and set it on fire. If you can still recall, that was the same piano that they used on their Sticker Happy album cover. The Eheads lead vocalist then began kicking the piano like most rockers did back in the 90s. Or perhaps a signal that this is the final reunion and the end of the Eraserheads? We hope not because people certainly want more. As they exit the stage, Ely threw away his pair of sneakers while the crowd wrestled to snatch the Eheads memorabilia.
To which, everyone assumed the show actually ended there. We were already on our way home when the group came back and Ely uttered, “Bitin pa kayo? Three for the road!” The Eheads finished the Final Set with three songs: Ligaya, Sembreak and Toyang. Ely embraced the crowd by going down the stage and joined them, encouraging his fans to sing with them. Supreme Editor Tim Yap was caught in a tricky situation singing “pen pen pen de sarapen…” Truly, it was an awesome show. And I really have to say this in our native language, “Astig! Ganda sobra. Panalo!”
Entry filed under: Celebrities and Famous Faces. Tags: Alapaap, Anne Kurtis, concert, Eheads, Eraserheads, Francis M, Huling El Bimbo, Kat Alano, Magasin, MTV, MTV vj, The Final Set, Tribute to Francis Magalona.