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.
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."
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 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.)