It will be both a grand reunion and a musical treat as ‘90s music icons Wency Cornejo of Afterimage, Jett Pangan of The Dawn, Paco Arespacochaga of Introvoys, Cooky Chua of Color It Red, Medwin Marfil of True Faith, Dong Abay of Yano, Naldy Padilla of Orient Pearl, Perf De Castro of Rivermaya, and Lei Bautista of Prettier than Pink share the same concert stage like they did in almost two decades ago.
They will headline “The ‘90s Live” on July 22 at The Theater at Solaire to give fans and millennials a taste of what OPM was like in their heyday. For indeed, throughout that decade, Original Pilipino Music was never more alive. Local bands ruled the airwaves with most radio stations playing Pinoy rock music every hour. Evenings were spent shuffling from Mayric’s to Club Dredd to Yosh Café to catch the gigs of the country’s most popular rock bands.
“We want to make The Theatre at Solaire the ‘home of concerts and musicals,” said Audie Gemora, the hotel’s entertainment director. “Foreign acts have dominated the local concert landscape the past decade or so. We are committed to bringing back the heyday of OPM by being a venue to established as well as new artists.”
Gemora considers it a feat to have gathered the vocalists and musicians from the 90s rock bands. “It is a rare occurrence,” Gemora declares. “Whether you were a child of the ‘90s or not, this gathering of incredible artists and the chance to hear their now timeless hits is a show you cannot miss.” It is probably because there are songs that never grow old or feel dated. The ‘90s rock music spoke to a whole generation about timeless themes like love (True Faith’s “Perfect”), friendship (The Dawn’s “Salamat”), and hope (Afterimage’s “Next In Line”). They were as much anthems of the young as they were lamentations about a future that was uncertain and a present that was far from idyllic.