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Eraserheads reunion? Ely Buendia says it was ‘half serious joke’

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ELY BUENDIA. The Eraserheads frontman performs at a PLDT event in 2016, one of the band's last few gigs together.

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The former Eraserheads frontman previously tweeted that the band could reunite ''pag tumakbo si Leni'

Eraserheads fans have come collecting after Ely Buendia tweeted that the iconic band would reunite “‘pag tumakbo si Leni (when Leni runs).”

Now that Vice President Leni Robredo has announced her 2022 presidential bid, however, the Eraserheads frontman backtracked, saying his tweet was a “half serious joke.”

In a press conference, Ely called the tweet “a half serious joke” that people turned into a big deal.

“That answer was far from a political post. I do respect and admire Leni. If I were to vote, she’s my top candidate right now,” Ely said, as quoted on ABS-CBN

Ely’s tweet went viral on September 28, when he retweeted a fan’s question asking if there is still hope for an Eraserheads reunion. Aside from saying there is hope for a reunion when Leni runs, he also said that it could happen when IV of Spades reunites (the band went on hiatus in 2020).

Ely later tweeted that his political opinions are his own and don’t represent those of other Eraserheads members.

The Eraserheads, considered as one of the biggest bands in OPM, disbanded in 2002 after over a decade of making music together. 

They held a reunion concert called The Final Set in March 2009 after a previous reunion concert in 2008 was cut short when Ely was rushed to the hospital for chest pains. 

Since then, the band has performed together sparingly in venues around the world, and released two new songs through the magazine Esquire in 2013. One of their last gigs together was at a PLDT event in June 2016. –

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