The Eraserheads’ much-awaited reunion concert, “Huling El Bimbo 2022”, lived up to its hype. The show was a blend of a rock concert, a karaoke set, and a half-time show at the Super Bowl, with elements of fire, confetti, fireworks, and massive inflatable beach balls with the band’s “E” logo. The opening act, the Diegos, set the tone with a crowd-rocking DJ set, followed by a stunning LED display and guest stars galore.
The band has an extensive body of work, having released seven albums and several extended play singles in eight years. Their 31-song set did not even include some of their biggest hits, highlighting the depth of their music. The reunion show was a showcase of the Eraserheads’ pop machine, with a crowd of over 50,000 singing along to their timeless, cross-generational hits.
The show opened with a holographic performance of the late Francis Magalona, who was joined by his son, Elmo, and Ely Buendia’s son, Eon. The rest of the show saw various musicians who have figured prominently in the band’s history take the stage, including Mel Villena, who worked on the band’s fourth album, “Fruitcake”. General Luna guitarist Audry Dionisio, Itchyworms’ Jazz Nicolas, and Cuidad’s Mikey Amistoso also joined the band for the entire show.
The crowd sang along to hit songs such as “Overdrive”, “Huwag Mo Nang Itanong”, “Yoko”, “Sembreak”, “Ligaya”, “Maling Akala”, “With a Smile”, “Magasin”, “Pare Ko”, “Minsan”, “Alapaap”, and “Ang Huling El Bimbo”. The concert ended with salsa music and confetti raining down on the crowd.
The writer had seen the band from their early days at Club Dredd to their latest tour, and attending a rehearsal for “Huling El Bimbo” was a unique and satisfying experience. The concert was directed by Paolo Valenciano and was the perfect way to end the year with live events returning to the Philippines. The Eraserheads have become legends and watching them perform was a treat for both old and new fans. The only thing left is for the band to record new music.