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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Nov 1, 2010

Pinoy Rock Legend Joey Smith says today's young rockers do nothing but Complain

WHAT CAN PINOY Rock Legend Joey Pepe Smith, now 62, say about today’s rockers? “Magagaling sina Bamboo, Ely Buendia, Rico Blanco and 6Cyclemind,” he says. “But I just noticed that the music of young rockers today are full of complaints, pero they’re not doing anything about it. It’s like they’re waiting for their parents to do things for them. Siguro dahil matanda na ko, but what they play is not really rock and roll, which is just rocking and rolling and making people enjoy it. People dance to rock music, di nagko-complain lang. But hopefully, they will change after some years. Kasi, ako noon, ganun din kagulo ang music ko. But eventually, I got tired of all the noise. They have to create their own musical influences.”

Joey is all set to show what he means in “Ugat, The Concert”, on December 3 at the Big Dome with other Pinoy folk and rock legends like Sampaguita, Mike Hanopol, Wally Gonzales, Lolita Carbon of Asin, Heber Bartolome of Banyuhay and Gary Granada. What can he say that other rockers have come and gone but he’s still around? “Wala akong masabi. When I started, I was just fooling around in high school. I learned how to play the guitar and awa ng Diyos, umabot ako dito still performing. I thank God for that.”

What advice can he give to aspiring rockers? “You must be original. And don’t expect to make it big just because you sing and play the guitar. You have to have the right attitude. Also, you maybe talented but if you’re not lucky in this business, nothing will happen. Not everyone is blessed.”

Tickets to Ugat, The Legends of Pinoy Folk Rock are now available at all SM Ticketnet outlets and at the Araneta Coliseum. Prices are range from P300 general admission to P2,500 for patrons.