was a Filipino heavy metal/hard rock/grunge band formed around 1992. They were named among the four greatest Filipino rock bands of all time, alongside the Juan De la Cruz Band, The Dawn and The Eraserheads.
Wolfgang's hard-hitting, loud, grunge sound made them very popular with rock music fans. They were at the height of their popularity from the mid and late 1990s until 2002 and was recognized in the South East Asian region, Hong Kong, Japan, the United States and Canada.History
Vocalist Basti Artadi (born Sebastian Artadi) and drummer Wolf Gemora (born Leslie Gemora) started in other local bands, while guitarist Manuel Legarda returned to the Philippines from living abroad in Spain. The three were inspired to form a band upon frequenting shows of another famous Filipino group, Razorback. They adopted the name for the band, "Wolfgang", upon the suggestion of David Aguirre, one of the guitarists of Razorback.
As much as music in the Philippines was and is greatly influenced by western artists, Wolfgang took their cue from Metallica, Soundgarden, Carlos Santana, Pearl Jam, The Doors, Black Sabbath, Sepultura, and their heroes Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Aerosmith, among others. They began to play live gigs at the former Atrium and the defunct Kalye in Makati City. Bass players came and went until the arrival of Mon Legaspi (born Ramon Legaspi), which finally cemented the band's line-up. Their first big break came playing on Channel 29's RJ Junior Jam.Later years
In February 2000, the live album Soundcheck: The Live Recordings, featuring Wolfgang and three other rock bands signed to Sony Music Entertainment Philippines, was released. For the 2000 NU107 Rock Awards, Basti Artadi was nominated once again for Vocalist of the Year, Wolf Gemora for Drummer of the Year, Mon Legaspi for Bassist of the Year, and Manuel Legarda for Guitarist of the Year. Basti Artadi won yet again for Vocalist of the Year, the fourth time he has received this honor.
In late 2000, Wolfgang released a live concert album, Acoustica, on which previously recorded songs were played in an acoustic manner. Several guest artists, including guitarist David Aguirre of Razorback and the University of the Philippines Singing Ambassadors or the UPSA, also participated. The album reached gold status.
In April 2001, in conjunction with U.S.-based music retailer Tower Records, Volume, a compilation of Wolfgang material culled from all four of its studio albums, including its first Ivory Records set, was released in Australia and Tower Records stores in the U.S. Vocalist Basti Artadi's participation in a side project with members of labelmate Razorback culminated in a release in August 2001 of an acoustic rock album entitled, Brain Salad.Reunion
On January 6 and January 12, 2007, various members of Wolfgang and Razorback got together for a reunion concert at the Music Museum. On hand were Basti Artadi, Tirso Ripoll, Louie Talan, Kevin Roy, Mon Legaspi, Brian Velasco and Manuel Legarda. Wolf Gemora and David Aguirre, however, were unable to join this gig, as their commitments for the moment lie with Lokomotiv. During the gig, the band played an all new song and Basti made a comment about recording a new album. Later, the new album was then promoted at Yahoo! Philipines music portal.
The first single Deathsquad hit the airwaves via local rock radio station NU107 on April 16, 2007. The new album is unique that digital technology will be used for the band members to exchange recorded parts online since most of them are based overseas. In an interview with Basti released on Yahoo! Philippines music portal, Basti has been quoted saying that "Wolfgang never did break up," and circumstances simply led to the band members going in different paths. However, they "always left the door open that if ever the opportunity arose that we could get some work together, then sure why not?"Trivia
* Upon the band's dissolution, bassist Mon Legaspi took over bass guitar duties from Carlos Balcells of The Dawn. Legaspi was with The Dawn from 2002 until 2004.
* Wolf Gemora is now with the Southern California-based rock quartet, called Lokomotiv.
* Basti Artadi became the frontman for a San Francisco-based group called Kitaan; he later fronted for Lokomotiv, actually cutting the band's debut album, Rock N' Roll Death Toll. He left Lokomotiv shortly thereafter, and was replaced by Ryan Hudson. Artadi now works as a coordinator for the corporate operations department of Gap in San Francisco.
* Manuel Legarda banded with former Gnash vocalist Jay Ortega, Blue Rats' drummer Miguel Ortigas and bassist Paolo Pacia, forming DRT. Manuel Legarda has since left DRT to tend to his domestic duties, and has been replaced by Daniel Crilosogo of the band DC Aftershock.
* Despite playing Metal and Grunge, Wolfgang also played Blues; two good examples are their Semenelin singles "Cathedral of Space" and "Change".
* Manuel Legarda used an electric fan to simulate an effect had in mind for the song Cast of Clowns off their debut album.
* The lyrics for Halik ni Hudas ("Judas' Kiss") and Natutulog Kong Mundo ("My Sleeping World") were originally written in English by Basti Artadi, but were translated into Filipino by Wolf Gemora, who found the English versions "amusing".
* Wolf Gemora is a top endorser of Zildjian sticks and cymbals.
* Members of Razorback and Wolfgang used to jam onstage billed as the Flaming Hemorrhoids.Members
Basti Artadi (vocals)
Mon Legaspi (bass)
Wolf Gemora (drums)
Manuel Legarda (guitars)Source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolfgang_%28Filipino_band%29