Iconic seems not enough to describe the Irish band U2.
From the time they first set foot on stage in Dublin, Ireland in 1977, the group introduced a distinctive sound that truly amassed followers over the years, most especially in the rebellious punk rock/new wave scene in early 1980s.
Their songs illicit a special, genuine yet soulful air of self-expression unheard and unfelt before, imbibed with deeply rooted angst definitive of a generation. We hear that in Bono’s vocals, The Edge’s guitars, Adam Clayton’s bass, and Larry Mullan, Jr.’s drums.
And for a whole generation of Filipino musicians and music lovers, they would sing their anthems wholeheartedly—even scream those meaningful lyrics even while weeping.
For Rico Blanco, U2 is that special and personal, and as the band is set to perform for the first time in the Philippines on December 11 at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan, he could not hold back that urge to sing versions of these idyllic songs as odes to his favorite band. Rico recalled this lonely time watching the band perform in chilly New York City, and with the upcoming Philippine concert, he felt “soundtrippin’” was direly necessary. And, on Friday, Rico asked on Twitter who’d be “game” to join him.
From his tweet, Rico’s peers who share that same passion for U2 immediately replied with their own tweets. Barbie Almalbis immediately responded.
couldnt find a companion when i watched U2 in 05 in nyc. naiyak ako few times wishing my friends & loved ones were w me. u can imagine how excited i am for their show here. been soundtrippin their entire catalog & now i just wanna find some ppl to jam U2 songs w/ 🤣 Sinong game?— rb (@ricoblanco) November 15, 2019
The Twitter convo continued, as Rico called out other “legends” to join his U2 jam.
meeee!!! Can I watch the jam? or sumaling pusa? 🤩 hehe— Barbie Almalbis (@barbiealmalbis) November 15, 2019
Saw em in 09 in Toronto. I cried, complete with uhog, no joke! 🤣 Don’t remember kung during City Of Blinding Lights o Unforgettable Fire... both malamang haha! Tara jam!!! 🤸🏽♀️— Francis Brew Reyes (@francisbrew) November 15, 2019
Who else could do the best Mullan U2 beats than the Eraserheads drummer and Sandwich frontman himself, Raimund Marasigan?
Nyahaha! Game! Clayton na 'to!!— japsuki (@japssergio) November 15, 2019
And, Rico seems rapturous, and would go as far as needing just one missing piece in his U2 dream band.
me two 🙋🏽♂️🥁— Raymund Marasigan (@raymsmercygun) November 15, 2019
Rico. Barbie. Brew. Japs. Raimund. Buddy. Is that fitting for JUST a jam?
Count me in!!! 🎹🍕🍻☕️— Buddy Zabala (@buddyzabala) November 15, 2019
yown!!! teka i gig na kaya natin ito 🤣 kahit small venue para sing along!! hahahaha— rb (@ricoblanco) November 15, 2019
With this rare alignment of Pinoy music legends to celebrate U2’s Philippine visit, they surely need all the support they could get.
what. hahahaha game!!!— rb (@ricoblanco) November 15, 2019
😱 waah! eeez happening!!!— japsuki (@japssergio) November 15, 2019
Ok this just escalated 😮 or elevated— Francis Brew Reyes (@francisbrew) November 15, 2019
And with that, just a simple call for “soundtrippin’” at a small venue among musician friends has turned into a legit major gig—all to honor and reminisce the influence of these rock luminaries in their lives, careers, and craft.
And this is no drill, guys.
More details to come.
(Photo from Instagram.com/ricoblanco100)