bazooka rockz festival ii

I got the chance to (finally!) see A Rocket to the Moon live for the first, and final, time at yesterday’s Bazooka Rockz Festival 2. Being Pulp Royalty, I was able to meet them and have them sign my shirt as well as watched them live. Needless to say, it was a very emotional set for me. They played some old songs that brought back so many memories, they bantered and joked like it was just like any other day, any other show. But the problem was that it wasn’t an ordinary day. It was their last time in Manila as a band, the last show they would ever play for us. And they made that pretty clear. Throughout the night, there were several mentions of the break up, even a few jokes about it. But they all stated it with a firm finality. This was the end, and there was nothing anyone could do about it. At one point, the crowd even started to chant “DON’T BREAK UP!” and Nick replied “I’ll promise you this: We’ll come back someday and play some music for you.” It sounded like he was just trying to comfort us more than anything. The farewells were thick in the air.

During their last 2 songs, “Like We Used To” and “Mr. Right”, I screamed every word at the top of my lungs, knowing that those were the last 10 minutes I’ll ever get. I didn’t notice the tears streaming down my face until after. Then, I realized I wasn’t just sad for them, but I was selfishly sad for us, the fans, as well. 

In my case, I found out about A Rocket to the Moon about 6 years ago when I was freshman in High School. It was still just Nick Santino, posting his auto-tune heavy songs on Myspace. Then they became a band who played real instruments. ARTTM is one of the first bands I truly grew up with. I can trace my life with their discography. Every phase has a designated ARTTM song, from “I’ll Be Your Sunset” to “If Only They Knew” to “She’s Killing Me” to “If I’m Gonna Fall In Love”. 

ARTTM has been a constant in my life for the past 6 years. They, and their music, have been like long distance friends: I dont see or talk to them, and they were so routine to me that I barely noticed it anymore, but I relied greatly on them. Now, that will soon change, I cried for all the great moments that will never happen again.

I didn’t join in the chant petitioning that they don’t break up. Deep down, I believe that it’s truly for the best. Maybe ARTTM, as great as it is, is just a stepping stone for even greater destinies. It would be selfish to keep them from the good things that lie ahead of them. Maybe we’ll never know all the details, but it’s not our place to meddle. It’s our place to support them, like they support us, whoever and wherever we all are.

Thank you, A Rocket to the Moon, for your wonderful music, for the friendship you’ve extended to millions of strangers around the planet, for all the great times we’ve had with you. We are so blessed to have been able to experience your music.