.:Just Another Magic Monday: The 1thcyworm5!:.
Yes! Yes! This pleases me greatly.
I decided to write and do my JAMM’s whenever I feel like it, but yeah, don’t expect a religious weekly update from yours truly for now.
Anyways, last Friday, the Itchyworms celebrated their 15th anniversary, and I was invited to be a part of it. To say I was honored would be the understatement of the year.
I’ve been a huge fan of the Itchyworms ever since their first album came out. Whether it was “Happy Birthday” or “Antipara”, I was immediately captivated by their music, seeing as they were a great alternative to the kupaw rockers of their era.
The scene of the crime was in Metro Bar. Jampacked to the rafters with fans, friends, and everyone in between, the Itchyworms went in to play fifteen of their songs, and everyone was just hype the whole night! Special guests abounded, including…
… Marcus Adoro, alumnus of the Eraserheads.
… the man you least expect standing beside the Straight Edge Comedy Magician, Mr. Pepe Smith himself!
I also ran into Ebe Dancel, Ronnie Dizon, Francis Brew, and Chris of “Ako Si Chris” fame. It was star-studded, and every single person out there definitely raised the sheer energy for the night. Conspicuously missing was Lourd De Veyra, though. We were hoping we’d find him doing the spoken word part of “Freak Out Baby” for old time’s sake.
Lemme share my moment onstage, though, as they asked me to perform during their rendition of “Antipara”…
I’m blind! Blind as a bat! How blind is a bat?
The challenge was simple: I was going to solve a Rubik’s cube blindfolded, but the time limit was the song. If I couldn’t solve the cube by the time the song ended, I was going to have to get hit upside the head with one of their guitars, and that put a spring in my step, or fingers, if you will.
It was hilarious, because thanks to my sheer terror, I actually finished the cube a full minute before the song ended. I was so nervous that I was solving the cube significantly faster than I expected to, and I misheard the cue for the song, as I mistook the bridge for the ending, which made me finish well before the final chorus of the song actually played.
Nonetheless, I managed to pull it off just fine, and finally, I got to enjoy the rest of the show. It was, without a doubt, one of the best nights to be a Philippine magician with friends in the music industry. You just never know what crazy stuff you could end up collaborating on.
In this picture: two Kels!
It was a great night, and capping it off with some Mr. Kebab immediately afterwards was just icing on the cake, albeit I was very annoyed they didn’t have Ox Brain again.
Here’s hoping to find myself performing with the bad boys of Pogi rock again in the near future! Congratulations, Jugs, Jazz, Kelvin, and Chino! You guys are just the best!