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Philippine Music: Eraserheads Reunion Concert Tickets Are Now Out

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine Events, Philippine Music, Philippine News with tags , , , , , , , on August 27, 2008 by South Arts Festival
Eraserheads Concert Tickets Now Available

Eraserheads Concert Tickets Now Available

I just got first hand confirmation from Miggy Matute of in my Facebook inbox, and well – the Eraserheads Reunion Concert is pushing through! Here is what Miggy Matute had to say:

A couple of minutes ago i got a message saying information that made me jump out of my seat! It said that folks involved with MTV Philippines have taken over the show of the Eraserheads reunion concert and that ticket prices have been changed to P800 and P1300! Immediately i made the call to MTV to find out if these reports were true…indeed they are!!!

Radiohead Media Solutions, Inc.
announces the acquisition of the concert rights to the much awaited one-night-only Eraserheads reunion this coming Saturday, 30 August 2008. The Reunion is to be slated at the Bonifacio Global City Open Field. Brought to you by Radiohead Media Solutions, Inc. in cooperation with SonyBMG Music Entertainment Phil., Inc.

It has officially been confirmed that the Eraserheads One Night only Reunion concert has been taken over by Radiohead Media Solutions! After Marlboro pulled out, it seems like they took on the responsibility of doing the show and giving the fans what they want!!! Not only that, but ticket prices are also now at P800 and P1300. Tickets will be sold at ticketworld starting august 28 and you can call them for inquiries at 891-9999.

I know im the first one to release this info and many of you may not believe me but this news comes directly from a few very reliable sources!!! Believe it or not!!!


So there, the cat is definitely out of the bag! (I really hate that cliche!)

Anyway, thanks very much to Miggy Matute for doing his best in keeping everyone updated on what’s happening with the much-anticipated Eraserheads Reunion Concert.

By the way, even though the concert isn’t sponsored/promoted by Marlboro, you can still smoke. Cigarettes or otherwise.

Philippine Music: Eraserheads Reunion Concert Will Push Through Without Marlboro

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine Events, Philippine Music, Philippine News with tags , , , , , , on August 26, 2008 by South Arts Festival
Eraserheads Reunion Concert Pushing Through Without Marlboro

Eraserheads Reunion Concert Pushing Through Without Marlboro

It’s official!

Miggy Matute of cleared up everything, and sent me a message on my Facebook to make sure I update the Philippines Fun Wall.

So yes, the Eraserheads Reunion Concert will push through somewhere at The Fort grounds on August 30. People below the age of 12 will not be allowed to enter. Phillip Morris was supposed to be the promoter of the Eraserheads Reunion Concert using the brand of Marlboro to flag the event. However, the Department of Health prevented Marlboro from pushing through with the event citing the government’s policies based on Republic Act 9211, which disallows tobacco companies or products from advertising, sponsoring events, or promoting events for the public.

Anyway – so Marlboro got their ass kicked by the Department of Health, and so a new promoter came up to take the place of Marlboro just so that the Eraserheads Reunion Concert will push through. I still have no word on who the promoter is, but who cares. The great news is that The Eraserheads Reunion Concert will be a reality! The only downside, if you could call it that, is that – while Marlboro would’ve offered the Eraserheads Reunion Concert for free, the new promoters will be selling tickets. How much the tickets are and where to get them still remains a mystery, but then I’m sure I’ll get the lowdown on the information once Miggy Matute of has something.

In the meantime, think happy thoughts! Go dig up your old CDs of The Eraserheads and start refreshing yourself with the lyrics. It should be fun to sing along. I can imagine it now (as it was before) – Ely Buendia would belt out, “O Diyos ko! Ano ba naman ito? Diba…” then, he’d point the microphone to the crowd, and in one voice “TANG INA!” Aaah yes – rock and roll angst unified in such simple lyrics. Mwahaha. I’m getting goose bumps just thinking about it.

So there – The Eraserheads Reunion Concert is pushing through. Riot na ito!

Philippine Music: Eraserheads Reunion Concert Cancelled!

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine Current Events, Philippine Events, Philippine Music, Philippine News with tags , , , , , on August 23, 2008 by South Arts Festival
Marlboro Banned From Producing Eraserheads Concert

Marlboro Banned From Producing Eraserheads Concert

I just read it in my Facebook inbox shared by Miggy Matute of So well, there it goes – THERE WILL BE NO MORE ERASERHEADS REUNION CONCERT!

Apparently, the Department of Health refused to issue a permit to Marlboro for this promotional gig. As it goes, tobacco companies or tobacco products are not allowed to advertise or promote any kind of event. Well, Marlboro was supposed to foot the bill for the Eraserheads concert and give out tickets to its customers as a sign of goodwill. The guys at Marlboro tried to find a loophole to have the Eraserheads reunion concert by saying that Marlboro wasn’t sponsoring an event, but that it was merely having a celebration for its exclusive clients. It was a valiant effort on the part of Marlboro in order to try and find its way past Republic Act No. 9211.

However, the law remains vigilant, and as much as the Eraserheads reunion concert shouldn’t get caught up with the policies of Philippine law, there isn’t much we can do. Perhaps, the organizers of the Eraserheads reunion concert should look beyond Marlboro, and seek new resources in order to fulfill this awesome concert that will surely be a big hit in the Philippine music scene. Certainly, there would be other willing producers and promoters of an Eraserheads reunion concert.

San Miguel anyone?

Philippine Music Scene: Eraserheads Reunion Concert Making A Big Buzz

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine Current Events, Philippine Events, Philippine Music, Philippine News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 15, 2008 by South Arts Festival

I heard the rumor around the Metro Manila that the Eraserheads were going to have a reunion concert. I didn’t take it that seriously at first. But then, it didn’t seem far from probable. Some memorable flashbacks brought me back to circa 1996 or 1997 when the Eraserheads were formed in the University of the Philippines and began gaining huge popularity in the music scene for that wonderful hit Pare Ko – the song still an anthem on many drinking sessions with any barkada. Eraserheads members Ely Buendia, Raimund Marasigan, Buddy Zabala and Marcus Adoro would become household names and eventually reach rock star status.

I can imagine it now. It would be an awesome reunion concert for sure because the Eraserheads know how to rock! And the fans of the E-heads – they know how to party! The buzz about the reunion concert was getting louder, but there was no real confirmation of what was going on. Well, not until today.

Miggy Matute, one of the geniuses of sent out the news on the availability of tickets to the Eraserheads reunion concert on his blog. Details say that it is a free concert which will be held on August 30, 2008 at The Fort Open Field, and that the concert will be a 45 song set that will play for hours. There will be no opening acts – just the Eraserheads blasting their music the entire time. What a treat!

While the concert is deemed free, there is a catch. Apparently, the free tickets are by invitation only, or something to that effect. I still don’t know the exact details, but then there really haven’t been any official announcements about the Eraserheads reunion concert, or when it’s really going to be. According to Miggy Matute’s blog at, there will be an official announcement by August 18th.

Anyway, from what I understand, those who want tickets have to sign up at , and just follow the details. They’ll be needing a valid ID and some verification that you are at least 18 and older. They give you a tracking number, and then some other stuff happens. I have yet to check what happens really.

Anyway, apparently Marlboro is the sole sponsor of the Eraserheads reunion concert. But then, the big buzz around this is that Marlboro isn’t allowed to sponsor any kind of event like this. Undersecretary Alexander Padilla of the Department of Health (DOH) issued a warning against the involvement of Philip Morris Philippines Manufacturing, Inc. (PMPMI) in supposedly being the major sponsor of the event.

The DOH cited Republic Act No. 9211, otherwise known as the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003. RA 9211 prohibits tobacco companies from sponsoring sports, cultural, and artistic events of individuals or team athletes, artists and performers, since any sponsorship endeavor would practically entail some sort of advertisement or promotion for cigarettes. It is clearly stated in RA 9211 that it is illegal for “advertisement or promotion of any cigarette or tobacco company, tobacco product or tobacco use, name, logo or trademarks, and other words, symbols, designs, colors or other deceptions commonly associated with or likely to identify with a tobacco company.”

Well, maybe the reason why the promotions haven’t been as loud, or the details of the Eraserheads reunion concert are still blurry is due to the fact that Marlboro is keeping quiet about it. Or maybe because it would be an “illegal” concert to begin with.

Dr. Maricar Limpin, the chairperson of the Council on Tobacco or Health and Air Pollution appealed to the members of the Eraserheads to disassociate themselves with Marlboro.

Public Affairs and Communications Manager for PMPMI Dave Gomez released in a statement:

“The event is not open to the general public. Access to the event is age-restricted, strictly by invitation only and intended for members of PMPMI’s adult smokers’ database, trade and business partners, and selected adult guests. Invites to the event will be distributed exclusively through PMPMI’s website,, which is restricted only to persons 18 years old and above. Invites will be issued free of charge, with a corresponding control number, and will be non-transferable. For admission to the event itself, invitees are required to present the personalized invite containing their name and birth date and a corresponding government-issued ID for verification. The event will be held on August 30 at the Bonifacio Global City open grounds in Taguig City.”

“Promotions must be directed only to persons at least eighteen years old. No person below eighteen  years old or who appear to be below eighteen years old may participate in such promotions. The participants in promotions must be required to provide proof of age.”

“RA 9211 allows tobacco promotions with restrictions. On the other hand, tobacco sponsorship is not allowed,” noted Gomez.

The statement further added, “Aside from the provisions on promotion that clearly allows us to stage the performance, we are not making a contribution to a third party. We are organizing the event ourselves and the event will not take place without the support given to it by PMPMI.

“The Eraserheads performance is not a form of sponsorship. PMPMI’s participation in the event is not as a sponsor, but as a promoter. And this promotional event is open only to persons 18 years old and above. If any person will present or try to present a falsified or fake invite or government ID, PMPMI will not hesitate to criminally prosecute the offender to the full extent of the law.”

Wow. Big words. To quote the E-heads “O Diyos ko, Ano ba naman ito!” There is sure a big play on the interpretation of legal definitions. But then, I’m sure the whole hoopla over the concert is going to get ugly and louder as the date of the Eraserheads reunion concert grows near. I only hope that the music of Eraserheads will be much louder than the bickering of the politics and policies of the government vs Marlboro. Whatever happens – I know that a lot of people are excited in anticipation of the Eraserheads. In any case, the audience won’t be arrested. The organizers might get a rough shakedown from law enforcement. But what happens if the Eraserheads get arrested? Hmmm. Riot na ito!

For a brief look into what’s in store, I found this old clip of the Eraserheads. Feel free to sing along.