Eraserheads reunion cut short, Buendia rushed to hospital
By Erika Tapalla
First Posted 22:12:00 08/30/2008
MANILA, Philippines — (UPDATE6) 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. The band members apologized to the audience for cutting short their performance. 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 Eraserheads members, 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 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 fireworks and 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.
MTV Philippines’ Esguerra said that while he is hoping for a second Eraserheads reunion concert, there is still no word on whether another one would be staged.