I’ve been helluva busy these past few days – with the big day drawing near, well, suffice to say that things are becoming much, much more stressful and I find my hands perpetually tied most days. It’s a bit frustrating that I haven’t been on a landscape trip these past few months, due to either uncooperative weather or just simply a lack of time to go out. But that’s life for ‘ya.
Anyway, I did get the chance to take some photos of Joey Generoso, whom I have been a fan of for a long, long time. While my peers in high school were listening to the Backstreet Boys and Boyzone, I was either rocking out to the Eraserheads or Mr. Big, or listening to Side A.
Through the years, Side A has gone though a lot of changes, line up included. From the original band consisting of Kelly Badon (lead guitar), Joey Benin (bass guitar), Naldy Gonzales (keyboards), Joey Generoso (lead vocals, rhythm and acoustic guitar) and Ernie Severino (drums), only Joey, Naldy and Ernie remain, with the others moving on to other things, and the gaps in the band filled by new blood. And from the bluesy-slash-pop-slash-ballad sound they were known for before, they have had to evolve to cater to the mainstream audience now, whose tastes are now obviously different.
Few bands live as long as Side A, and Joey has been grateful that time has been kind to them. And he is always quick to credit their former manager, the late Wyngard Tracy, as a major factor in shaping what the band has become. A lot of good habits they have, said Joey, were learned under his guidance back in the day. And as Side A continues to develop, playing side by side with newer, fresher talents in the music industry in the Philippines, Joey is confident that they will continue to entertain audiences and music lovers as well as serve as mentors to the new crop of Pinoy musicians.