A new song for ely

WHEN ELY Buendia suffered a heart attack early this year, the question on most people’s minds was whether the talented singer and songwriter would ever be able to come back and make music again.

By Aprylle Liabres (Contributor)

Published: Wed 21 Nov 2007, 10:04 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 12:36 AM

elyWell, that question has now been answered. Ely and his band Pupil have just released their second album under Sony-BMG after Beautiful Machines. Titled Wildlife, the 12-track disc features Ely on vocals and guitars with his bandmates Yan Yuzon (guitars and vocals), Dok Sergio (bass and vocals) and brand-new drummer Wendell Garcia. The album’s release is welcome news for Ely’s fans, and is most exciting for the 37-year-old rock icon, who wasn’t even allowed to pick up and carry a guitar a month after his release from the hospital where he underwent an angioplasty.

“It’s a great feeling to be back—to have new fans and to reconnect with the old ones,” said Ely in an exclusive interview backstage at the launch of Wildlife at the Eastwood Central Plaza.

According to Ely, most reports on his health were exaggerated. Yes, he says, he underwent two angioplasty operations, “but an angioplasty isn’t that serious an operation. Well, it was serious in the sense that had I not been operated on, I could have died, but you had people putting their own spin on what happened, and before I knew it, things had gotten out of hand”.

But he is very grateful to those who prayed for him, who visited him in the hospital and who came to his aid via the fund-raising concert LivELY. It was held in the same place where Wildlife was launched last November 8 and was organised by Ely’s old friends from school (the University of the Philippines) and other friends from the music industry. Former Eraserheads member Marcus Adoro, who’s now based in La Union, came to Manila to perform at the concert.

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