This was also the period when the members of Juan de la Cruz and Anakbayan were freely associating and performing collectively as a "supergroup" ensemble in various concerts. Nidez aranzamedez, a notable rock drummer also jammed with the group and came up with the classic album the "Super Session".
The state of Juan de la Cruz's flux and gradual dissolution led Wally Gonzalez to reconvene an all-new powerhouse trio, together with Joey Smith later a. Rock music historian Julian Cope narrates in his book, Japrocksampler Bloomsbury, , that Shinki Chen had recruited Joey Smith and later, Mike Hanopol from a Filipino rock group called Zero History, which he found performing in Tokyo's mall district.
Wally Gonzalez was the guitarist of Zero History. The song is widely known as the first example of Pinoy rock. The social impact and innovations of the Juan de la Cruz Band inadvertently became the catalyst for the inception of Original Pilipino Music OPM and the viability for diverse, originally-authored musical genres to emerge and thrive in the Philippines.
Long time band guitarist Joey "Pepe" Smith passed away on January 28, at the age of A partial reunion of the original lineup of the Juan de la Cruz Band occurred in the summer of , under the name Cara Y Cruz, which formed to participate in the 'National Battle of the Bands' event sponsored by RC Cola.
The nom de guerre was perhaps utilized to circumvent a technicality that only unsigned bands were eligible to participate in the competition. Ironically, the group progressed only up until the semi-finals phase of the Battle of the Bands, after which they again disbanded. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Filipino rock band. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please log in or register if you want to be able to leave a rating.
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Jun Jul Menu Login. The impact of the group in the local hard and mellow rock scene is tremendous considering it was organized only 2 years ago. In December , the band was featured in the first open-field rock festival in the Philippines, the "Antipolo Rock Festival.
Then in December of the same year, the band garnered its crowning glory when again, for the first time in the Philippines, a rock group on its own, backed by a full symphony orchestra the National Philharmonic was presented in concert at the prestigious CCP.
No other group in the Philippines gained so much greater heights of success in relatively a very short span of time. This album debut is a monumental testimony.