Alamid Band’s Gary Ignacio Leaves Band After 17 Years

Gary Ignacio, the lead singer of Alamid Band decides to leave the group after 17 years of bringing OPM music all over the world. I’ve been with these guys for quite some time now and it is really a big pleasure to watch this guys perform live.

Alamid Band
From L-R: bassist Jun Pineda, guitarist Dexter Facelo, drummer Jex Herradura and keyboardist Gene Mitra

They are indeed one of the legends of OPM Rock Bands way back the 90′s era. Their song “Your Love” is one of my favorite OPM song of all time, and it feels really great hearing this song sung live by the original singer, sad to hear but I won’t be able to get that chance anymore.

Here’s an excerpt from PEP.ph:

Long-time Alamid vocalist Gary Ignacio has decided to leave band.

Gary’s last gig happened in Batangas last April 30 for the victory party of his cousin, Sen Ralph Recto. He did not join the band anymore in their gigs during the month of May.

But the remaining members of Alamid are refusing to fold up. Initially, they thought of disbanding but were convinced by fans that they needed to move on. The group has also gathered a lot of the younger fan base since their resurgence in the local music scene that began in 2008.

“We were really sad about Gary’s decision to leave the band. He said he wanted to focus and give more time to his family. Siya kasi ang kasa-kasama ko sa pagawa ng magandang music ng Alamid nitong mga nagdaang taon,” said Dexter Facelo. Dex is the remaining original member of the band when it was formed in 1993 and discvored by Warner Music in November 1994.

The band has churned out hits like the anthemic “Sama-Sama,” “China Eyes,” and the all-time favorite from the band, the rock ballad “Your Love.”

The other remaining members of the band are Jun Pineda (bass), Gene Mitra (keyboards) and Jex Herradura (drums).

For the meantime, vocalist duties is being shared by the friends of the band–Carl McFly of the Carl McFly Band and Pepeng Sison of Frio.

Sad to hear but the band should move one. People have different priorities and responsibilities that we totally have no control of. So for all the fans of Alamid Band here in the Philippines and abroad, I hope you guys should still support their music.

The band will have a gig at Dasmariñas, Cavite on August 13; August 14th at the 10th Bar Restaurant in Malolos, Bulacan; August 16th at the Marketpace Mall, Mandaluyong City.

Catch Alamid Band as well this coming September 23 in Oman; September 24th at Qatar and October 12 at the QC Memorial Circle.

The band will begin a search for the new voice of the band. They will make the announcement in the coming weeks on details about the search. Visit their website at www.alamidband.com for more details.

(Read more at PEP.ph)

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