The holiday season is about to officially start. It’s Thanksgiving week and with the average Thanksgiving dinner now priced 20% higher from last year, millions of folks are looking for good holiday deals. For music fans around the world, one of the best music deals just arrived: the legendary Filipino alternative rock band, Eraserheads, teamed up with ABS-CBN’s iWantTFC, the largest Filipino streaming platform in the world, for the historic livestream of the band’s much awaited reunion concert, “Huling El Bimbo”, on December 22, 2022. The livestream will be worldwide except in the Philippines.
Fans can avail of the early bird 20% discount rate at USD 23.99 until November 30. Come December 1, tickets will be at the regular rate of USD 29.99 each, up to the actual live event on December 22 (NOTE: Please check time zones for the livestream on the image above). On top of the livestream, ticket-buyers can also watch on demand as they will get a 48-hour access to the concert on iWantTFC.
The Filipino Beatles
Formed in 1989, Eraserheads is composed of University of the Philippines schoolmates Ely Buendia (lead vocals, guitar), Marcus Adoro (lead guitar), Buddy Zabala (bass) and Raymund Marasigan (drums). Their band name was inspired by the 1977 black-and-white film, “Eraserhead”, by American surrealist filmmaker David Lynch.
After years of playing The Cure, Beatles and Metallica covers and working on originals that were criticized for “not being pop enough”, the band got their break when BMG Records A&R director Vic Valenciano took a chance on them and signed them to a three-year record deal in 1992.
In 1993, the album, “Ultraelectromagneticpop!” (taken from the Japanese 70’s anime cult classic “Voltes V”) became a smash hit, selling 300,000 units by the end of the year. It featured both the original and radio-friendly versions of the expletive laden “Pare Ko”. Seven more albums and international success followed through the 90s and early 2000s. Their album, “Aloha Milky Way” featured the single, “Julie Tearjerky”, which topped the Indonesian charts and earned them the 1997 MTV Asia Viewers’ Choice Award.
In 1995, their third album, “Cutterpillow”, became a milestone in Philippine music history, selling over 400,000 units to become the biggest-selling album for any Filipino band or group. Critically and commercially successful, the album featured the classics, “Huwag Mo Nang Itanong”, “Overdrive” and “Ang Huling El Bimbo”. At this point, the band was already hailed as “The Beatles of the Philippines” because of their hits and popularity.
After personal tragedies, health issues, and infighting led to the band’s break up in 2002 and they had challenge-filled reunion concerts (even if they were sold out), the band reunited anew to create and release new materials, “1995” and “Sabado”, in 2014.
But fans were not interested in just hearing them again; fans wanted to see them perform live together again on stage.
After teasing fans for years, Eraserheads finally made good their promise to reunite in a live concert to be streamed throughout the world in real time by way of “Huling El Bimbo” on December 22 (NOTE: Please refer to time zones above).
The concert is not just nostalgia for millions of older fans of Eraserheads; it is also an opportunity for millions of Gen Z who have been looking to the past to find music to their liking. In fact, a study last year of 2000 Americans aged 18+ or older by Dolby Laboratories, Inc., a leader in immersive experiences, revealed that 80% of US Gen Z feel like they were born in the wrong musical era. Many are looking back to 90s music, fashion and films. So, the unique music of 90’s band Eraserheads would most likely appeal to this segment, too.
To buy tickets now, visit https://app.iwanttfc.com/HulingElBimboConcert2022