January 24, 2012

Bamboo jams with 1/2 of Rivermaya

In a house party hosted by the Elgars, a one-time band reunion happened much to the delight of ‘90s music fans. Bamboo Mañalac jammed with two of his former bandmates, Mike Elgar and newly married Mark Escueta for an intimate sing-along featuring some of the biggest Rivermaya hits such as “Elesi,” “Panahon Na Naman,” “Kisapmata,” and “Himala” just to name a few.

A brief rundown involving the three: over a decade of line-up changes, it was during Mañalac’s stint as resident vocalist that we saw Rivermaya at its career peak, releasing critically acclaimed and commercially successful albums like Rivermaya, Trip, and Atomic Bomb. Bamboo left the band in 1998 to stay in the US and was replaced by then keyboardist Rico Blanco. Still part of the current group line-up, Escueta replaced Rome Velayo in the mid ‘90s to take the drums/percussion duties. Elgar, on the other hand, joined the band in 2001 while working on the album Tuloy Ang Ligaya.

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