ERASERHEADS CONCERT CUT SHORT
MANILA, Philippines — (UPDATES) The Eraserheads Reunion Concert was cut short Saturday night after lead singer Ely Buendia was rushed to the Makati Medical Center due to overfatigue.
The concert’s sudden end was announced by Buendia’s sister Lally who went onstage after a 20-minute intermission of the planned 30-song concert.
Raimund Marasigan also came out onstage, followed by Marcus Adoro and Buddy Zabala who assisted Buendia’s sister in announcing that the concert would no longer continue. They asked for prayers for the band’s lead singer and songwriter.
“He had a slight attack because of stress due to the recent passing of his mother, and their sound check which lasted till 3 a.m. today (Saturday),” said officials from MTV Philippines, who added that Buendia is now in stable condition. MTV Philippines is the concert’s organizer.
“We have gotten word that he is now stable,” said MTV Philippines director for marketing Ronald Esguerra in an interview with INQUIRER.net.
According to Jing Garcia, former music journalist and currently technology editor at Manila Times and a friend of the members of the Eraserheads, Buendia collapsed backstage after singing “Fruitcake,” the last song before the intermission.
“He sat onstage after singing Fruitcake. The audience thought he was acting,” Garcia told INQUIRER.net, quoting MTV Philippines officials.
Buendia has suffered a heart attack in the past and has undergone surgery.
The band members apologized to the audience for cutting short the reunion concert.
The concert, which was staged at the Fort Bonifacio Global City open field in Taguig, started at around 8:15 p.m. and stopped for a break at around 9:30 p.m.
MTV Philippines’ Francis Lumen eventually went onstage to ask the audience for a minute of silence.
The Eraserheads opened their much-awaited reunion concert with their usual high energy level, opening with the songs “Alapaap” and then “Ligaya.”
After waiting at the open field for an hour hoping for further developments, loyal fans of the band calmly left the concert area after being treated to a thrilling first set.
seeing that Ely’s Mother just died the other day http://www.macuha.com/2008/08/current-events/ely-buendias-mother-died-today/
i’m guessing stress and the sadness just caught up with him. he may have been grieving over the loss prior to the concert and his body and mind may not have been able to have the rest it needed.
here’s THE WHOLE ANNOUNCEMENT via youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NOW7dzPGrw
here’s a sample from the concert. my favorite single from the eraserheads for all time “with a smile”
quote again from the first youtube link
During the end of the Lightyear song, Ely was seen holding his head while sitting down. After that, the concert went into a break with a 20:00 timer in the screen. More than 30 minutes have passed and no sign yet that the band would return. People were getting impatient and then the unfortunate announcement has been made by Ely’s sister. Ely was rushed to Makati Med due to heart problem. His sister, together with Buddy, Marcus, Raymond and their promoter led the announcement and a 1-minute prayer for Ely’s recovery.