Road managers a.k.a ‘roadies’ play a very important role for the bands. They are the ones who make sure that everything is ok before the band goes onstage. They help the band bring their equipments, make sure that their guitars are in tune, the amplifiers’ volume are just right, the band have their beer or water near them etc. I remembered Lourd de Veyra of Radioactive Sago Project said “Hindi kusang lilipad ang gitara kay Rico Blanco pagkatapos niyang kantahin ang linyang Liwanag… (from the song Liwanag sa Dilim) at hindi rin lulutang ang gitara kapag hinahagis ang gitara sa ere” – (it’s already paraphrased but it’s something like that 😉 ). It’s funny but it’s true. The roadies make sure that these rockstars can show off their rockstar stunts to the audience.
Too bad that most of the roadies don’t have health benefits that would at least protect them from the expensive hospital bills in case something happens to them. This is the reason why Rock Ed organized this kind of event to raise funds for them to have health cards. The event was held at Mag:Net High Street last May 9th. Different bands participated in this event to give health cards to their respective roadies. I also helped in going around with a donation box to add money to the health fund.
The show started almost 10:00 pm. I was one of the earliest people there; I arrived with Karla at 7:30 pm. First band that performed was Archipelago, then followed by Peryodiko. Before Pupil went up the stage, Karla and I approached Ely to let the pieces of Ely’s jacket signed. Pupil performed next and it seemed that the crowd were waiting for Pupil (a lot of them were some familiar faces from the Eheads and Pupil mailing lists). Watch Pupil’s performance here and below (it’s much longer)
Terno Recording Bands such as Paramita and Up Dharma Down performed next. Armi Millare of Up Dharma Down just had her hair cut. As you can see in the video, she now has a super short hair. It actually looked good on her 😉 . While Up Dharma Down was setting up, Gang Badoy showed her talent by playing the keyboards and singing as well.
Gang Badoy singing and playing the keyboards
After the Terno set, it was time for Radioactive Sago and Itchyworms to perform. The roadies of Itchyworms danced onstage in the tune of “Freak Out”. If you have watched the official video of that song, you can see that they really danced there. Watch Itchyworms’s performance here.
The Soupstar set it up next. These bands came from another Rock Ed fund raising event in Marikina. Gaijin (Raymund’s new band), Imago, Sandwich and the last band to perform was Pedicab. Sandwich performed Eraserheads songs such as “Insomya” and “Alkohol”. Pedicab did a remix of their popular songs. It was a nice way to end the evening 😉 .
I don’t know how much the funds were raised during the night. The target was Php 40,000 and the last amount I heard that time was Php 18,000. I am guessing that there will be a “Two for the Roadie” gig next! 🙂