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Rivermaya: The Reunion 2024

For the first time in 26 years, Rivermaya comprising of Bamboo, Rico Blanco, Mark Escueta, and Nathan Azarcon, will be reuniting on stage as Live Nation Philippines to hold its first large-scale domestic concert happening this February 2024 at the SMDC Festival Grounds. Coinciding with the group’s 30th anniversary celebration.

A renowned Filipino alternative rock group. The band was formed in 1994 with the classic lineup of Bamboo, Rico, Nathan, Mark, along with Perf De Castro, they were one of the pioneers in Pinoy Rock explosion in the 90s. Over the years, the band experienced numerous lineup changing. The band released their self-titled debut album in November 1994 including their classic tracks such as “214”, “Ulan”, and “Awit ng Kabataan”. The album sold over 120,000 copies and the album has been certified triple platinum by the Philippine Association of the Record Industry (PARI). In 1995, Perf de Castro left the group. In 1996, and 1997, the group released 2 studio albums: Trip, and Atomic Bomb respectively. Tracks including hits such as Kisapmata, Panahon Na Naman, Himala, Elisi, Hinahanap-Hanap Kita, Kung Ayaw Mo, Huwag Mo, If, included on those albums. In 1998, Bamboo left the band and migrated to US and in 2001, Nathan departed the group. Rico Blanco took over the vocals, Japs Sergio, and Mike Elgar filling in the group. The group released more albums such as It’s Not Easy Being Green in 1999, Free in 2000, Tuloy ang Ligaya in 2001, Between the Stars and Waves in 2003, and Isang Ugat, Isang Dugo in 2007. During R.B years, the band also received commercial success not just here in the Philippines. The group won Favorite Artist Philippines at MTV Asia Awards 2005. The song Posible was the official theme song for the Southeast Asian Games held in the Philippines in November 2005. On May 24, 2007, Rico Blanco officially announced his departure from the group citing personal reasons. In August 2007, The band held a two day audition for a new vocalist, tthen-18-year-old Jayson Fernandez was announced as the winner and new member of Rivermaya. After 4 years, Jayson announced his departure on the group citing musical differences as the primary reason. The group released more albums such as Buhay in 2008, Closest Thing to Heaven in 2009, Panatang Makabanda in 2013, and Sa Kabila ng Lahat in 2017. In 2016, Nathan Azarcon returned to the group. On May 15, 2019, Rivermaya was honored as the newest MYX Magna Award 2019 for contributing OPM Rock band history.

Today, the group still performing on stage with lineup of Mark Escueta, Mike Elgar, and Nathan Azarcon. Occasionally, Perf also performing with the group whenever during his vacation here in the Philippines or Maya touring North America.

In summary, Rivermaya stands as an iconic Filipino band with a rich musical legacy that spans decades. Their ability to adapt to changing times while maintaining their distinctive sound has solidified their place in the hearts of music enthusiasts in the Philippines and beyond. Their songs continue to be celebrated for their emotional depth, relatability, and the band’s enduring passion for creative expression.

Live Nation Philippines presents
The Reunion
Bamboo – Rico – Mark – Nathan
February 17, 2024
SMDC Festival Grounds, Paranaque City

VIP – Php14,750
Gold – Php11,750
Silver – Php6,550
Bronze – Php2,550
*Standing Room Only*

November 17, 2023, 3PM
via SM Tickets outlets and online: www.smtickets.com


Musicians perform for a cause in “Resbak Para Kay Gab”: Ebe Dancel, The Itchyworms, Rivermaya, Kamikazee, and more

Some of the biggest artists in local music are performing in “Resbak Para Kay Gab,” happening on 4 March 2023 at 123 Block, Mandala Park.

The show is for the benefit of their fellow musician and friend, Gab Chee Kee (of Parokya Ni Edgar fame) who has been diagnosed with lymphoma in 2022.

“As of last week, his bill is already at PHP 8 million and counting (which) is no joke. He was just released from the ICU after more than a month, and is now in rehab to help his mobility after more than a month in bed,” shares Ebe Dancel who will be performing at the said event.

Joining Dancel in the lineup are bands Riverymaya, The Itchyworms, Kamikazee, 6CycleMind, and Gracenote. Fans can look forward to long sets from all the music artists who will be performing that night. Everyone included in the lineup will also be performing for free.

“Gab is well-loved because he cares about everyone. He will always be the first person there for you when you need help. We’re simply repaying him for his love and generosity throughout the years,” Dancel adds. “His battle has just begun, so every centavo counts. We’ll see you on March 4 and we promise to make it worth your time.”

Tickets are available at PHP 1,500 via Backspacer Records. Monetary help is also welcome and can be sent via the QR codes below:

For more information about Gab Chee Kee and his condition, parties interested in helping may contact Kha Santia at 0917 5580838.