January 28, 2019 could be one of the saddest days for the local music scene as Pinoy rock pioneer and legend Joey “Pepe” Smith passed away at age 71 due to cardiac arrest.
In the past six decades of his career, Pepe gained the respect and love of Pinoy rock enthusiasts and became an inspiration for seasoned and up-and-rising rakistas, because of not only his unprecedented musical prowess, but also his admirable personality also on and off the stage.
As we pay tribute to the life and music of the one-and-only “Father of Pinoy Rock”, let’s take a look back on his remarkable appearances in some of the Kapamilya programs in the recent years.
Sarah G Live (2012)
With a lot of fans comparing him to another rock n’ roll legend, The Rolling Stones lead vocalist Mick Jagger due to their striking resemblance in looks and style, Pepe thrilled everyone when he belted out “(I Can’t Go No) Satisfaction” with two of this generation’s talented singers Sarah Geronimo and Jovit Baldivino during his guesting on Sarah G Live!
It’s Showtime (2015)
Madlang People picked to join the “Singing Mo ‘To” segment definitely had a once in a lifetime opportunity to sing along with the musician-songwriter as he sang “Teacher’s Enemy No. 1”.
It’s Showtime (2017)
Pepe, together with fellow Pinoy rock legend and Juan Dela Cruz Band member Mike Hanopol, performed with other icons and the younger generation of rock artists in one of the most SOLID opening numbers we’ve ever seen on It’s Showtime marking its eighth anniversary in 2017.
A few days after their appearance on It’s Showtime, the duo reunited again, this time on the stage of ASAP, when the mainstays and invited guest artists paid homage to the Juan Dela Cruz Band’s enduring music in the “ASAPinoy” segment.
And two of them were seasoned singer-actor Randy Santiago and The Voice Philippines Season 1 grand winner Mitoy Yonting who had an amusing take on their groovy hit “No Touch” as Pepe and Mike watched.
The tribute to their iconic Pinoy rock band concluded with Pepe and Mike performing their classic “Beep Beep”, which Pepe composed in 1974 as an ode to jeepney drivers, and were later on joined by Yeng Constantino, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Martin Nievera, Randy Santiago, Mitoy Yonting, Barbie Almalbis, Kean Cipriano, and Ney Dimaculangan.
His mortal body might have taken its final curtain call, but his memories and legacy will surely live forever. Keep on rakenrollin’ up to the heavens, Sir Pepe Smith!