Metro Safe & Sound 3: Joey G Shares What Kept Him Busy During The Lockdown
Music will always be a source of inspiration and motivation for this front man-turned-solo artist
Side A dominated the local music scene with hit songs like “So Many Questions,” “All I Need,” and “Forevermore,” which was recognized by the Awit Awards as Song of the Year in 1995. Decades later, these songs still ring a bell. “Forevermore,” specifically, has been covered by various singers such as Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, Juris, and even American singer-songwriter David Archuleta. On top of that, it was used as a theme song for a Philippine TV series starring Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil in 2014.
For that and many other things, a lot can definitely agree that the band has become a timeless icon in the industry. And Joey Generoso (a.k.a. Joey G) greatly contributed to the band’s success as its long-time front man. He left the band in 201, to pursue a solo career.
Music will always be a huge part of his life. During the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown, listening to various songs—his current favorite is “Up On The Roof” by James Taylor—has helped him stay inspired. There are days he misses being with Side A as he only gets to see one of his former bandmates, lead guitarist Kelly Badon, nowadays because he happens to live nearby. “The best part about it was making music together, samahan, traveling to multiple countries you’ve never been to,” he reminisces his days with Side A. “It was a great experience.”
Apart from listening to and playing music, Joey also enjoys taking care of plants, watching movies on Netflix, and expanding his knowledge via YouTube videos. He also shares an important realization: “I learned how to give value to my health and how it is not to be taken for granted. I do my best to stay healthy by going on a walk when I can with a mask, of course. Let’s not forget that.”
Joey expressed hope that the deadly COVID-19 pandemic will end soon. “When the lockdown is over, and the virus has completely been cured, I would first go to Church to give thanks for the strength that the Lord has given to each person to conquer such a pandemic,” he declares, adding that taking a long drive out-of-town and travelling abroad are likewise included in his plans once these are already permitted.
A caring and compassionate man, he makes it a point to spread light and positivity to others, too. “I’ve been doing video greetings to provide support and strength for those in need and when we can, we help out by giving food as well,” he says.
The veteran musician concluded his Metro.Style interview by sharing a heartwarming message to inspire everyone to stay strong during this period. “To quote an article I read a few days ago, COVID-19 knows no borders but neither do faith, hope, and love. These aren’t easy times and a lot of us has feigned the weight of reality,” says Joey. “Keep your faith and let your words rest in the hands of God. Stay informed and stay indoors. Let’s do our part in helping the frontliners who are fighting the battle for us. Malalampasan din nating itong pagsubok na ito. Kaya natin ‘to.”
Watch Joey G's performance for Metro Safe & Sound 3: The Best of OPM 90s - 2000s below:
Catch other performances by The Company, South Border, Ogie Alcasid, and Regine Velasquez-Alcasid on Metro.Style's YouTube channel.
Lead photo from @musicbyJoeyG