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Ely Buendia reminds fans: ‘The music is all that matters’

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Ely Buendia reminds fans: ‘The music is all that matters’

ELY BUENDIA. The former Eraserheads frontman speaks up.

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The former Eraserheads frontman said in March that the band was never friends, but that they worked well together
Ely Buendia reminds fans: ‘The music is all that matters’

Former Eraserheads frontman Ely Buendia responded to haters in a now-deleted tweet, seemingly referring to an interview he did in March that recently resurfaced.

“Big deal, still? Why hate on people who want to tell the truth? I didn’t ask to be interviewed, nanahimik na nga ko dito eh (I’m laying low here) living a happy life kayo yung makulit (you’re the ones who keep asking) about the eheads,” he said.

“The music is all that matters, have you forgotten about that, and who wrote most of it?” he continued.

Screenshot from Ely Buendia’s Twitter

His tweet came after comments he made in an interview in March resurfaced, with people focusing on what he said about his relationship with his former bandmates – specifically that they were never friends.

In the March 7 episode of Waking up with Jim and Saab, hosted by musician couple Jim Baccaro and Saab Magalona, Ely said that the band was “never friends,” but that they worked well together.

“I don’t want to break any hearts again but we were never close. We were never friends, as in tight friends. That’s why we broke up,” he said. He was quick to add that the band was “good while it lasted,” and that “We had a very, very good working relationship,” he said.

He had been talking about their song “Minsan,” which he said was often referenced by fans when they express their sadness over the band’s breakup in 2002.

“I was kind of sick of fans saying, when the Eheads broke up, that ‘you’re friends, you shouldn’t have broke up and we feel bad about it, you made us feel bad.’ I was sick of that.”

“That song is actually about my actual friends…it wasn’t about the Eraserheads, it was about my friends,” he clarified.

“As much as possible I try to set the record straight. Not to burst your bubble or anything…this is how it went, and that’s just the way it should be,” he said.

Eraserheads first came together in 1989. Throughout their run as a band, they released 7 studio albums and countless songs that have become some of the most iconic in Filipino music history. –

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