Last Saturday night at the Aseana City along Macapagal Boulevard, a rather rare event occurred when three generations of music icons performed on just one stage during the grand finals of the annual Muziklaban Rock Challenge.
Right after the Davao-based metal core band David vs Goliath was announced winner of this year’s competition and bagged the half a million cash prize at stake, the real highlight of the show started when some of the most resounding names on the local rock music scene representing ‘70s, ‘80s and the ‘90s were introduced.
First to hit the stage and set up the crowd’s mood was the garage and blues-rock influenced group fronted by Pepe Smith, the Juan Dela Cruz Band. It was followed by another ‘70s rock music pioneer, Maria Cafra.
Representing the ‘80s were Freddie Aguilar and The Dawn. Ka Freddie, in one of the numbers with his Watawat Band, dedicated a song for the massacred journalists in Maguindanao. He also performed two of his most recognizable hits “Anak” and “Estudyante Blues,” which both sounded more of a remix as one of his sons did a rap to give the songs a new twist. Meanwhile, in its usual high energy performance, the Jett Pangan-lead group entertained the crowd with its classic hits “Enveloped Ideas ”and [the Salamat alternative] “Iisang Bangka.”
For the ‘90s, music luminary Ely Buendia added spectacle in the Red Horse Beer sponsored event. Ely charged up the venue with some of his recent records. He was the followed by much heart-thumping rock metal stunts staged by alternative and metal acts Razorback, Greyhoundz and Slapshock.
An hour after midnight, head-banging numbers kept thousands of rock music fans on their feet when alternative bands Kjwan, Wilabaliw, Rocksteddy, Franco and Tanya Markova jammed onstage with their latest releases. This last set of performers was introduced as the bands of new millennium Pinoy rock.