Karl Roy: Passed Away, Rest In Peace

Posted By Marlon De Jesus / March, 13, 2012 / 0 comments

Being the past frontman for bands like Advent Call, P.O.T. and Kapatid, Karl Roy really knows how to rock the house. There was even a rumor that he was suppose to be Razorback’s lead vocalist (Kevin Roy, the Razorback’s current vocalist is Karl’s brother).

Karl Roy’s passing was announced by her sister Kathryn via a facebook post. He passed away last March 13, 2012

It is with deepest sadness that I share the news of Karl’s passing. He was called Home today at 1:01 a.m. Manila time (Tuesday, March 13th), surrounded by those who loved him most – mommy, Keith, Kevin, Krys, his daughter Arianna, and our cousin Jack (Roy-Duavit). Please continue to pray for Karl. He brought so much joy to others but, unfortunately, did not have enough of it in this life. He’s in a better place now, with Lolo Pepe, Lola Conching and Daddy.
- Kathryn Roy

Had the chance of meeting him on a surf trip a few years back, offering us a bottle of Red Horse beer and some happy stick when we arrived. He even joked that he knows a great spot to surf. “Ako meron alam na secret spot (I know a secret spot)” he said. When we asked where was it, he replied “Secret nga eh! (Its a secret!)”.

I had the pleasure of shooting some of the gigs he performed in. I have got to say, the camera loves him. I always find myself watching him sing rather than doing my job of shooting him (yes, i’m a fan!).

Dude manila rock scene won’t be the same without you. You will be missed dearly. Just in case you bump into John Lennon, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and Francis M say hi to them for us. Show the heaven how to rock, pinoy style!!

Here are some pictures of Karl Roy from the last two major shows he performed. Thank you for the music bro! Surfs up!

Karl Roy at Tanduay 5 Rockfest 2011 (MOA Concert Grounds)


Karl Roy at Channel V Music Fest (Metrowalk Parking Lot)






Bamboo sings Rivermaya songs with Mike Elgar and Mark Escueta

Posted By Marlon De Jesus / February, 3, 2012 / 0 comments

A few weeks back,  Niña Sandejas posted on her Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/nsandejas) an impromptu jam of Rivermaya held at one of their private gathering. Niña was kind enough to share this video to all the avid Rivermaya fans. For more info on the story, go to Nina’s blog post

I felt all my hair stood up in unison upon watching this video. It was heaven. Giddy as a kid on an early christmas morning, I opened and watched the video. I felt all my hair (or whats left of it) stood up in unison upon hearing the jam. As someone who grew up in the 90s (oh yes i’m old), i fell in love with Pinoy Rock. Those days when I tune to NU107 or LA 105.9, go to clubs like Dredd and Mayrics to listen to these guys. The era where bands like Eraserheads, Razorback, Wolfgang, P.O.T., Greyhounds, Slapshock, Skychurch and many other great bands flourished.

Everyone is shouting for a reunion. It may be a long shot but I hope they could do it for their fans. So.. do you think they should hold a reunion concert or not?

In this video they jammed on the following Rivermaya songs:

  • Kisapmata
  • Kung Ayaw Mo wag mo
  • Elesi
  • Panahon nanaman ng pag-ibig.

Without further ado, here is the video.