Review: Urbandub bids farewell with 'Endless' concert

By Patrick Quintos, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at May 11 2015 07:02 PM | Updated as of May 12 2015 06:02 PM

MANILA -- For one last time, Gabby Alipe, Lalay Lim-Geronimo, John Dinopol and Janjan Mendoza took center stage together as Urbandub on a rainy Saturday night at the Metrotent Convention Center in Metrowalk, Ortigas.

Fans braved the night's thunderstorm and flocked to the venue just to get a glimpse of the foursome that has become a trademark in the Filipino music scene.

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Urbandub performing 'Evidence' during their farewell concert. Photo by Patrick Quintos for ABS-CBNNews.com

"Bittersweet" was how Alipe called the gig — Urbandub's 15th anniversary and last act together onstage.

The "Endless" concert was a night of reminiscing of what has been a defining musical career, with everybody singing in chorus to hits such as "Soul Searching," "Sailing," "Gravity" and "Evidence" —songs that are now forever part of Pinoy rock consciousness.

Old friends, colleagues and fans were there to celebrate. Even the band's former drummer during their "Influence" days, Jerros Dolino, was called up to the stage as Urbandub threw it back to 2003 with the song "Runaway."

 

Urbandub playing 'Endless A Silent Whisper. #endlessurbandub

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Outside the venue, it kept on raining and thundering, but for the ''Dubistas'' inside, it's just — as the band's pop anthem goes — the "First of Summer," with everybody jumping up and down, singing along, everybody wishing it all lasts forever.

Urbandub first announced their breakup on April Fools' Day as the members now look to shift their focus on their families.

Many thought and wished it was a joke. But as the farewell gig went on last weekend, it became more and more real, like a needle piercing through the skin, leaving a mark — "A New Tattoo" as the song goes.

In their last concert, the band took the opportunity to thank not only the people who have made their success in Manila possible, but also the fans who have been there for the last decade and a half.

Here's Alipe addressing the fans on his Instagram account after the gig:

 

The Aftermath...I took some time to just sit back and relax. I took some time to finally check online all the stuff people wrote about urbandub leading to the ENDLESS CONCERT and after. I checked a lot of the photos and videos posted, all the beautiful comments and write ups full of praise and love for our band. I am overwhelmed with all of it. Words can't fully express the level of gratitude I feel right now and I'm sure my bandmates and our team feel the same way. I will forever be grateful to all the dubistas that showed up to the concert even to those that really tried to get tickets but couldn't, since the show was sold out. We knew people liked our band and our music but we never expected the level of intensity the people had at the concert. Hearing everybody in the audience sing so loud and go crazy gave me goosebumps the entire show. I feel so blessed to have been given the opportunity to share our music with all of you. MAY 9 will always hold a special place in my heart and will always be in my memory as one the greatest nights of my life. It was all because of the dubistas that showed their never ending support and love. Thank you for allowing us to make our dreams a reality, for making us a part of your lives through the music, and forever putting a small cebuano band as part of pinoy Rock history. Nothing but love... #2003photo #2015photo To our hometown CEBU CITY, kamo nasad sunod. The perfect way to perform in Cebu is by the beach and with friends. Magkita tang tanan sa SUMMER SUNSCREAM, uban mi sa FRANCO, POWERSPOONZ ug KAMIKAZEE! #UrbandubENDLESS

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The concert tickets were clear—it's already farewell for Urbandub.

But as far as Pinoy music is concerned, it goes on and on, as even Alipe himself said onstage, "It's time for a new generation of bands, a new generation of fans," in a cycle of music that is most certainly endless.

(Watch and listen to 7 memorable songs by Urbandub here.)