UPM Elvis Concert

The UPM Elvis Concert is a "rock 'n roll" event run by the UP Mountaineers since the early 1990s. Traditionally the event is hosted by Romeo Lee, a UPM member and a campus punk/rock icon.

In 2011, the bands playing at the concert included The Go Signals, Flippin Soul Stompers, Coffee Break Island, Dong Abay, Dong Abay, FMD, Sleepy Heads, Pepe Smith, Jeepney Joyride, LTNS, Billy Gaga. Past Elvis concerts featured then nascent Pepe Smith, Dong Abay, Pupil, Bembol Rockers, Tado, JR and Tropical Depression. Held at UP College of Human Kinetics New Gym, the 2011 Elvis Concert is dubbed "Elvis Rides Again," in reference to a 5-year hiatus since the last UPM Elvis event.

At the concert, Romeo Lee performs his signature songs "Wild Thing" and "My Girl."

2011 Elvis Concert Poster
B/W 2011 Elvis Concert Poster



Romeo Lee's "Wild Thing"


Pepe Smith at the 2006 Elvis Concert




Romeo Lee on Elvis Concert

In his consultation with the UP Mountaineers, Lee stated in 2002,

"Bago ang lahat bumili kayo ng November isyu ng Pulp Magazine, feature ako dito. At binangit ko tungkol sa Elvis, ako ang creator nito at ako ang nagisip nito! Ang daming sumikat na banda dito. Halos lahat! Ang dami din sumuporta. Ewan ko lang sa iba ayaw ang Elvis. Wala kasi silang dugong Rock 'n Roll. Madami na akong inorganize na concert bago ako nagUPM, sa Fine Arts at sa sunken garden. Ito ang Elvis na minahal ko kaya't papakasalan ko siya. Ang suggested title pala ng Elvis galing kay Manny Francisco ay ELVIS GOT MARRIED. Papalitan ko yung picture ni Pricilla ng mukha ko. Galing naman kay Edsel ang ELVIS NG INA MO. UPM ano gusto ninyo?...

"...Salamat sa lahat ng mga tumulong sa Elvis na hindi umaasa ng kapalit dahil sa kanila tuloy ang saya! Huwag kalimutan sa December 13, AS Parking Lot, ELVISIN MO'NG MUKHA MO! :-) Punto kayo sa back stage hanapin ninyo ako. Libre kayo! Huwag kayong magalaala. Tayo pa rin ang bida. Nagmamahal, Romeo

"P.S. This is my first and last email."[1]




The UPM Elvis Concert Through the Years

Elvis concert ticket circa 1996
  • 2011: "Elvis Rides Again" at the UP CHK New Gym
  • 2005: "Elvis Recharged," Dec 9 at the UP Lagoon, featuring Pepe Smith, Dong Abay, Juan Pablo Dream, Coffee Break Island, Snakecharmer, FMD, The Brew, Narda, Taffy Trip, Indio I, Brass Munkeys, Pupil, Maniac Kiss, FRIED TILAPIA, Kapatid, and Romeo Lee and the Brown Briefs
  • 2004: "Katutubong Elvis," Dec 10, UP Lagoon
  • 2003: Dec 12,
  • 2002: Dec 13, AS Parking Lot
  • 2000: Dec 8, AS Parking Lot
  • 1999: "Elvis in Heaven," Dec 10, featuring Eraserheads, Parokya ni Edgar, Colot it Red, Cynthia Alexander, Noel Cabangon, Sandwich, Moyg, Fatal Posporos, Brown Man Revival, Brown Beat All Stars, Romeo Lee and the Brown Brief, Indio I
  • 1996: Dec 12, Northwing, UP Main Library, featuring Put 3 Ska, Jun Lopito, Tropical Depression, Pot, Sugar Hiccup, Private Stock, Tungaw, Parokya ni Edgar, Horrorable Romeo Lee

Elvis ticket circa unknown.jpg


Notes

  1. As posted on the UPM Mailing LIst, 4 Nov 2002.