Wednesday, September 03, 2008

The Phantom E-Head Blog

Please read Luis K's blog (linked below) for those who did not get to watch the E-head's reunion. It's a gripping account of how it felt to be kept out of the scene and then learning that Ely had an attack. Well Luis was there for the soundcheck so that was the concert right there. I was in Laos when I read about it the day later. Had to tell Michael Tan about it another day later and he told me that Ely was his student and he was intense. He was all heart so it was inevitable that the metaphorical became literal. Hey! Sorry to say now but someone from that cigarette company actually came up to give ten tickets but by then I was down in Manila preparing to leave. Sayang! I could have given it to you. So what else? Ely had an angioplasty. But still officially the family is saying there was no heart attack. He just collapsed from exhaustion and stress and performing with his former friends who might only be there for the money or not or would have wanted him to see him or not or they were just stand-ins or not. That was his third angioplasty. So OK no more fat(heads) for Ely.

7 Comments:

Blogger The Nashman said...

So are they still frenemies? The other e-heads had an after-concert jam session even while the ely was in hospital???

8:58 PM  
Blogger frank said...

agpayso dayta. narigat nga talaga nga isubli ti friendstership no kasta met nga adu ti kayat da agapa da.

9:17 PM  
Anonymous volume-addict said...

I heard that the rest of the 'heads went to Saguijo to reflect on what happened. As soon as they got word that Ely was going to be fine, they jammed out to more Eheads classics on borrowed equipment at the venue. A veritable who's-who of the present crop of Pinoy rock scene were there for the night to stand-in for vocals.

1:29 AM  
Blogger The Nashman said...

two of my best friends were there in saGuijo. they tell me 'reflecting' was not in the agenda..

:D

5:03 AM  
Anonymous volume-addict said...

Raims posted something about the Saguijo gig at the Sandwich mailing list. Let's get the facts straight.

++++++++++++++++++++

to whom it may concern

i dont usually rant but ive been hearing reports about people
questioning why we played saguijo after the concert.

first things first. when marlboro pulled out and cancelled the show a
week ago, the band was free of all obligation to play the show. if it
was about the money we could have just walked away fully paid no
explanations to the press or anybody. free from the contract. the band
decided to play nevertheless. the tickets and the prices was for the
new promoters to buy out the production from philip morris to put it
simply. contrary to what some people think it takes money to stage a
concert. stage, lights, and video screens don't magically grow out of
the ground. that's what the ticket prices were for. the band was not
in the negotiation meetings between the the two promoters and we did
not want to be in the meetings.

personally i said just call me cos i'm ready to rock. no extra pay no
contract negotiations. as far as the eheads was concerned were out of
the contract.

but here's what you dont understand. playing music is what we do. we
play when we're happy, play when we're sad, play when we're angry,
play when we're sick, play til we die.

painters paint, writers write, my skateboarding friends skate or die.
when u ask nba superstars what they do in their spare time. they play
basketball.
us musicians, we play. thats what we do. getting paid is a bonus. i
will not apologize for that. when we don't get paid we still play.

we played saguijo because we wanted to, we needed to. our hearts and
souls dictated it. we could just go home and sleep. we did not talk
about it. there was no invites there was no plan. we did not get paid.
we borrowed equipment.

yes ely knew about it. buddy told him the next day. yes pupil was in
saguijo too.

yes marcus buddy and i have lost a parent. we know how it feels.

ive been playing music for more than 30 years. professionally since
1993.there have been a few times when it was me who was unable to
continue the set due to illness. albeit it was a lesser scale and
(thankfully)never reported. it was nonetheless life threatening.ive
had a run in with losing my voice, food poisoning, diarreah
(embarassing) and a few more i do not care to mention that involved
blood and bones. i had to drop out of the set from the eheads, cambio
and sandwich. thankfully there was always someone there to finish the
set for me. and i am thankful that they were there. i did not feel
bad. ive also saved a few shows from other bands when shit happens. we
dont plan this and we dont complain but we still play.

my bmx friends ride with broken bones.

if we finished the eheads show that night you would STILL have found
us in guijo playing after.

yes i visited ely in the hospital yesterday. i hope he recovers soon.
we have a show to finish.

music is life
ill only stop playing when i die.

raym

6:58 AM  
Blogger The Nashman said...

cool. it was after all a wrap party.

so they are friends friends again?

2:39 PM  
Blogger frank cimatu said...

idol ko talaga si raym. I hope he shares me his brand of eyeliner

4:19 PM  

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