Is it fate? I had mixed thoughts about the Eraserheads reunion concert that took place, but was cut short, last night at the Fort Bonifacio Global City Open Field in Taguig.
It was cut short because Ely Buendia suffered a mild heart attack during the 20-minute break of their much awaited reunion concert. He was then rushed to the Makati Medical Center for treatment.
The Inquirer report says:
“He had a slight attack because of stress due to the recent passing of his mother (Lisette Buendia), and their sound check which lasted till 3 a.m. today (Saturday),” said MTV Philippines and Radiohead director for marketing Ronald Esguerra
Ely Buendia deserves all the credit he can get. Despite his health and emotional condition, he pushed on with the concert, "tuloy ang Ligaya" ika nga. The other E-heads members also deserve big, big props for still pushing through with the concert despite all the controversies beforehand and of course to all four band members for giving the audience an awesome first set.
The audience must be thanked as well. Despite the euphoria of witnessing and listening the return of the Eraserheads right before their eyes, they did not explode into a mob ala-Wowowee stampede when Ely’s sister Lally Buendia announced that the concert had to be cut short. They left the venue quietly and peacefully, hoping for Ely’s speedy recovery both physically and emotionally.
I’m sure all the other E-heads fans that didn’t make it to the concert last night are with the band, Ely’s family and friends on this one.
Which brings me to the title of this post, because there’s this Pinoy thing that when something so good and awesome gets cut short, we cannot help but crave for a second or follow-up. In Filipino, "Isa pa nga, parang bitin kasi eh."
Rumors have already circulated but I’ll repeat them here, I hope for a second Eraserheads reunion concert, but and it’s a big BUT, only after Ely Buendia has recovered 100% physically, physiologically, and emotionally.
Until then, I wish Ely Buendia a speedy and full recovery. I thank Raimund Marasigan, Buddy Zabala, Marcus Adoro and Ely Buendia for their musical legacy and giving us the Eraserheads.
More about the Eraserheads concert from these bloggers:
The Eraserheads Concert being cut short by Noemi Dado
Eraserheads Reunion Concert: 08.30.2008 by Karla Redor
Eraserheads Reunion Concert by Aileen Apolo
Eraserheads Reunion Opens with Alapaap by Jayvee Fernandez