Brian Velasco—drummer of iconic Filipino rock act Razorback—has passed away on Wednesday (11/16) to an apparent suicide.
Prior to his death, Razorback had been performing at major shows including their 28th Anniversary gig at 19 East, Up in Arms: A Wally Gonzalez Thanksgiving Gig, and the first installment of the Pinoy Playlist Music Festival. In October, they released 'Stargazer,' featuring Basti Artadi, following the departure of vocalist Kevin Roy from the band last year.
The Filipino music community mourns the sudden loss of Velasco. See their messages below.
Francis Reyes of The Dawn writes that he "will remember all the fun and funny times" with Velasco.
Hey Brian, I hope you have your peace now. Will remember all the fun and funny times, and your forceful drumming 🙏 Still having difficulty processing what happened #Razorback #RIPBrianVelasco— Francis Brew Reyes (@francisbrew) January 16, 2019
Ebe Dancel mourns Velasco's death.
Brian...— Ebe Dancel (@ebedancel) January 16, 2019
We Are Imaginary share they "grew up listening to legends like Brian Velasco."
We grew up listening to legends like Brian Velasco. May he finally rest in peace. :(— We Are Imaginary (@WAImaginary) January 16, 2019
Severo's Enzo Marcos reveals Velasco had given him great advice about the band scene.
you were always great to be around, brother. You always made everyone around you laugh. You were always giving me great advice about the band scene. I'm gonna miss you, brother. Have an awesome gig up in the sky— Enzo (@enzo_itgoes) January 16, 2019
Reg Rubio of Greyhoundz shares an audio clip of Razorback covering "Pigface."
Jorel Corpus writes his condolences on Twitter.
RIP Brian Velasco— Jorel Corpus (@jorelcorpus) January 16, 2019
Musical instruments distributor Yupangco Music urges people to reach out to those who may be suffering from depression.
OPM has lost another legend. May you rest in peace sir Brian.— Yupangco Music (@yupangcomusic) January 16, 2019
If you guys know someone who's suffering from depression, don't hesitate to give them a listen and let them speak what's inside of them. A little talk may save someone's life.#RIP #BrianVelasco #YupangcoMusic pic.twitter.com/hr7GcCv4Z4
Local metal act Voice of Tranquility share their condolences online.
Rock in Peace Sir Brian Velasco!— VOICE OF TRANQUILITY (@votranquility) January 16, 2019
Raymund Marasigan is at a loss for words.
bri 😔🙏🏽— Raymund Marasigan (@raymsmercygun) January 16, 2019
Marc Abaya of Kjwan reflects on how things are today.
Gab Alipe of Urbandub shares his thanks to Velasco with a heartfelt message on Instagram.
masayang alaala na May mga panahon na naka inuman at naka kwentuhan Kita sa labas ng pagbabanda. Salamat sa mga payo, sa inspirasyon at pagiging kaibigan. You’re a genius at your craft and I’m grateful that I had an opportunity to tell you that. Rest in power Senyor 🙏🏻 | #razorback | 📷 @isilaureanofotografia
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