At the height of their popularity, and just weeks after the release of their second album I Stand With You, containing the title track, “Magtanim Ay ‘Di Biro” and “Love (Will Set Us Free)”, after that, Diaz was stabbed to death in front of his girlfriend’s house on August 21, 1988 by two men allegedly under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Despite the demise of Diaz, his influence is still felt among many guitarists today and he has become a legend among many Filipino musicians. The Dawn still considers Diaz to be the band’s driving force to this day.
The band continued to play, at one time employing the services of a masked guitarist (nicknamed “Zorro” by some fans – is actually rock guitar virtuoso Noel Mendez who will eventually form the band HAYP) in the absence of a permanent guitar player. Atsushi Matsuura, a Japanese guitarist who had earlier released a solo album in the Philippines under Ivory Records, took on lead guitar duties in January 1989 as the band released Beyond the Bend. Matsuura was featured on the music video of “Salamat”.
He was later replaced by Francis Reyes, former Afterimage guitarist, who was also a disc jockey at NU-107, a local alternative rock radio station. Reyes also happened to be Diaz’s close friend. Classically trained session keyboardist Millette Saldajeno also joined the band in 1990 but was later replaced by Isidore Fernandez in 1992.
In 1995, the band went their separate ways due to Pangan’s desire to move on with another career. Pangan then formed the Jett Pangan Group.
The 1997 reunion at the ULTRA brought the band back on-stage and, for the first time, the band employed two guitarists: Matsuura and Reyes. They did another reunion show at the now defunct ABG’s along Pasong Tamo, while they were discussing a comeback release through Sony Music Philippines (now Sony BMG Music Philippines).
In 1997, Philippine record label OctoArts/EMI released The Dawn: OPM Timeless Collection (Gold Series), a collection of songs recorded by the Dawn on seven albums from 1987 to 1991 for OctoArts, which became a joint venture with international label EMI in 1997. The Dawn is one of the Philippines’ most legendary rock bands.
Much of the Dawn’s music was influenced by such British mid-’80s New Romantic bands as Duran Duran and China Crisis. Many songs are propelled by peppy melodies and spirited musicianship played on keyboards and reverb-edged guitar. The album also contains some straight-ahead hard rock numbers.
Opening the album is the enigmatic “Enveloped Ideas,” which starts with the vocalist singing a slow, melodic line in a operatic manner, accompanied by funereal organ chords. Peppy, spirited keyboard lines jump in, and the song is kick started to a lively, highly melodic tune. “Salamat” (Thank You) opens on a mysterious-sounding chord progression played on keyboards; a fiery guitar line explodes and the song becomes a fast-paced, tuneful outing, punctuated by spirited keyboard and guitar lines. The song also contains an interlude where a searing guitar solo is played over hard-edged guitar chords. “Salimpusa” (Kindergarten) and “Magtanim Ay ‘Di Biro” (Planting Is Not Easy) are both hard rock songs and differ in sound from the album’s other songs. Both songs feature hard-edged guitar and rumbling basslines. “Beyond the Bend” features an ambient sound in the manner of U2’s 1987 The Joshua Tree. The Dawn deserves its legendary status.
The Dawn is a Filipino rock band which first achieved commercial success during the late 1980s in the Philippines. The band broke up in 1995 with lead vocalist Jett Pangan forming another band, the Jett Pangan Group. The Dawn reunited in late 1999. The Dawn is considered the “longest-lived and most prolific rock band in the Philippines”.
The Story of The Dawn: The Ultimate OPM Collection is a compilation album by The Dawn, released in 2001. It is a repackaged reissue of The Dawn: OPM Timeless Collection Gold Series, a compilation album released in 1997 containing exactly the same tracks in similar sequence. The Style is Alternative Rock, New Wave and was released by the EMI label and distributed in the Philippines by EMI Philippines, Inc.
The Dawn is the first album by the Filipino rock/new wave band The Dawn released on June 20, 1987.
The songs “Dreams”, “Give Me the Night”, “Mad Game”, “Behind Shadows” and “Enveloped Ideas” were performed at the Concert at the Park in Luneta. “Dreams” was written by the guitarist Teddy Diaz with the band’s manager Martin Galan. The intro to “Susi” has a bass line by Carlos Balcells.
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