Not by me, but by the people of Inquirer Super, specifically editor Pam Pastor and contributor Gang Badoy.
You bought yesterday's paper, right? Or at least read the online edition? If not, then you missed the exclusive blockbuster interview that Gang managed to snag with three members of the Eraserheads--Raymund Marasigan, Buddy Zabala and Marcus Adoro.
Ely Buendia was still in the hospital at the time the Q&A was done, so he couldn't be badgered for his side of the story. His bandmates, though, gabbed openly and lengthily, giving readers a vivid, colorful lowdown of the simmering backstage drama that occurred before, during and after their fabled reunion concert last week.
Sample quotes from Raymund alone:
“I don't think we can stand each other for that long period of time, enough to record an album.”
“For this show, I think all of us gave all that we could. I even think Ely gave more than everybody else, given the circumstance. I think he gave more than what was asked of him.”
“When he's ready, I'll talk him into doing it again...We don't talk a lot but I want to talk him into finishing it. I'm sure that's what Ely wants to do, too.”
“I don’t mind playing Eraserheads shows, now that we’ve played together. Maybe just not on a regular basis. I don’t think I can handle it. Physically, emotionally and psychologically.”
“I was thinking, everyone should relax, it's just a concert. The country has bigger problems like peace in Mindanao, di ba?”
“May kanta kami diyan, '’Wag Mo Nang Itanong.'” (On the real reason they broke up.)
And to the question, “After the reunion gig, did you realize that you missed each other?"
Now that's candor. Raymund's full interview here, Buddy's here, Marcus' here.
PLUS: Symphonic Eraserheads! Pinoy pop meets classical as Ryan Cayabyab rearranges the E-heads' top hits into a sweeping concerto, with Gener Caringal's Philippine Ballet Theater providing the en pointe dancing. Intriguing, exciting transmutation. If you can't stand ballet, just close your eyes and listen to the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra lend lushness and majesty to the band's playful melodies. Another highlight of ABS-CBN and CCP's Kulturang Handog sa Bayan concert of many moons ago, unearthed from my baul. Ehem, dito lang meron niyan! (Gloat.)