Don't be…mad at me for not being very familiar with Queso, the pioneering rap metal band set for a reunion gig on Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Amoranto Stadium in Quezon City.
It was only at the 2006 MYX Awards that I first saw Queso vocalist Ian Tayao with Parokya ni Edgar and Kamikazee.
Why didn't Queso float to my consciousness earlier? See, being a documentary photographer, I follow one band around for lengthy periods and develop tunnel vision. After Rivermaya, I had been documenting The Dawn at around that time Queso exploded.
The first time I saw Queso in 2006, I also happened to shoot what's become one of my favorite photos: that of Tayao doing a back flip. After that, I never got to see any of the band's gigs until the group became inactive and Tayao went on to front WilabaliW.
In October, the band had a surprise reunion at a Barangay Tibay gig in Freedom Bar in Quezon City, which I missed as well. So when talks of a reunion began circulating, I made sure I was going to beRead More »from Queso reunion concert set to be massive