For devoted rock fans, the grand gathering of the most elite icons in the annals of Philippine music history was a feast to cherish! It all went down at the Icons of Pinoy Rock concert at the Ynares Sports Arena last June 6!
Ramon ‘RJ’ Jacinto - who turned 70 last June 3 - spearheaded the epic concert event which also served as the launch of our very own Pinoy Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame! The Icons of Pinoy Rock concert was like an amazing birthday gift to the Pinoy Rock scene!
RJ said he wanted to give something back to preserve and celebrate the legacy of the great rock musicians of the past. Among the first inductees to the Hall of Fame were homegrown legends with significant contributions to Pinoy rock including Pepe Smith, Resty Fabunan of Maria Cafra, Ely Buendia, Raymund Marasigan, Basti Artadi, Kevin Roy, Marc Abaya, and RJ himself.
Posthumous honors were bestowed on Francis Magalona, Ben Tesoro, Charlie Brown, Teddy Diaz, Dondie Ledesma, Sonny Nicolas, Eddie Nicolas, Papa Dom, Howlin Dave, Edmund Fortuno, and Karl Roy.
Notable institutions were also given recognition for supporting Pinoy Rock including the now-defunct NU 107, Pulp, and of course, the number 1 music channel in the Philippines, MYX!
The Icons of Pinoy Rock concert also featured unforgettable performances! After a set by The Mike Bon Gang and a rock and roll rendition of the National Anthem, Raymund Marasigan kicked off the rock fest with "Sugod"!
He then surprised everyone as he called Marc Abaya on stage! It turned out to be an unforgettable jam of former Sandwich bandmates as they rocked the stage with "Butterfly Carnival"!
Everyone was ecstatic as this spectacle was quickly followed by the awesome set of Kevin Roy and his band Razorback along with Wolfgang’s Basti Artadi!
The night became even wilder as RJ himself showed his stellar guitar skills and jammed with Resty Fabunan and Ely Buendia! RJ and Ely rocked out to the songs of Elvis Presley and The Beatles!
Then it was Ely's turn in the spotlight as he made the fans roar to classic Eraserheads songs such as "Toyang" and "Ang Huling El Bimbo"!
What better way to celebrate rock and roll at the concert than having Pepe Smith on stage with his fellow icons! They all performed like there’s no tomorrow and brought the house down with The Beatles' "Hey Jude" and Juan Dela Cruz classics "Beep Beep" and "Ang Himig Natin"!
Star-studded and too awesome to handle! The Icons of Pinoy Rock concert is a night to remember for generations to come!
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