MYXclusive: 'Get Music: NU Rock Years' Relives The Sound Of A Generation!
The now-defunct legendary radio station NU 107, "The Home of NU Rock", defined a generation during its 23-year run in the airwaves. It became an avenue and a formidable support to a lot of rock and alternative musicians who wanted to be heard back in the early 90’s. Bands who, in their own right, created their own legacies in the local music scene owed their careers to NU 107.
And last weekend, fans were given the chance to relive the experience in the music festival, GetMusic: NU Rock Years. Five of the most influential musicians of that generation gathered togehter at the Araneta Coliseum and celebrated that era of OPM..
Itchyworms opened the special night and played their most popular songs including the hits - “Antipara” and “Salapi” and “Beer”. Interestingly, vocalist Jugs Jugueta thanked NU 107 for giving him the chance to meet his wife (a former DJ) Andie Aguirre.
Likewise, Barbie Almalbis rocked the night out and played her early hits like "Firewoman", "Tabing Ilog", "Limang Dipang Tao", and "Torpe".
Reunited with founding member Nathan Azarcon, Rivermaya showed everyone how timeless their music is as the crowd sang along while they played their most popular songs from years past. The group also performed their single “Manila” off their latest album Sa Kabila Ng Lahat!
Ebe Dancel turned back the time and performed classic hits from his former band, Sugarfree. Bittersweet anthems like “Telepono”, “Mariposa”, “Wag Ka Nang Umiyak”, and “Burnout” resonated throughout The Big Dome.
Last but not the least, Ely Buendia’s spectacular solo set was indeed a highlight both visually and musically. He treated his fans with Eraserheads classics, as well as his newly released song as a solo artist, “Gabi Man, May Araw Din”. His last song is the iconic “Ang Huling El Bimbo”, which was also the last song NU 107 played before officially signing off back in 2010.
It was indeed a treat for many serious local music fans. Directed by Paolo Valenciano, the music festival was the perfect get-together for supporters of that generation who wanted to revisit the “NU Rock” sound.
Are you a fan of the music from the golden NU Rock years? What's your fondest memory of that generation? Leave a comment!