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Sugarfree’s Bittersweet Farewell at Route 196

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by Gelo Gonzales | Feb 17, 2011
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Sugarfree gave fans all over the metro a massive wave of nostalgia and a memorable way of saying goodbye.[firstpara]
Not all local bands have the natural ability to orchestrate classic anthems for the love struck generation occupied with overpowering jitter, heartaches, misunderstandings and relationship troubles. And just like love found and lost, and with every single emotion their songs stand for, all great things come to an end.

After 12 years of playing gigs and four studio albums of chart-topping singles, 3-piece OPM hit machine Sugarfree announced last January that they had called it quits. This month has them on a farewell bar tour, with the very last show happening on 1 March at Eastwood. FHM went to the Route 196 leg last February 15, along with over 300 other people. 

An overabundance of fans that consisted of uniformed college kids, post-valentine celebrating couples, yuppies, and friends of the band filled the place as early as 6:00 PM. But this isn’t like any show. According to the bouncers and waiters, Route 196 has never seen this kind of crowd, and neither have we. With this kind of following, it’s hard to believe that the band started with only four listers in their email group back in 1999.

It was a night that the local music scene will have a hard time forgetting. Fans, fellow musicians and friends were drifted back into the era when the band had three hits all at the same time, a time when nothing mattered more than companionship, and expressive, relatable music. Sugarfree has become a legend in their own distinct and versatile way, demonstrating how talented Filipino musicians ought to be remembered.

Sugarfree will play tonight in UST at 8PM, and in UP Los Baños at 10PM. The remaining legs of their farewell bar tour will be at 19East in Parañaque on February 24th, and then finally on March 1 at Eastwood.

Below are some photos from the farewell gig.

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