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Nothing else mattered when Metallica played in Bangalore!!!

After a wait of close to twenty long years, Metallica fans in India got an opportunity to witness their favorite rock band perform live. Metallica was slated to perform two shows in India – one in Delhi on the 29th of October & on 30th October in Bangalore. Unfortunately the Delhi concert got cancelled much to the disappointment of the fans who went berserk! But fortunately for Bangaloreans, the concert did take place and it was one helluva experience for me and the people who witnessed the concert.

Metallica coming to India was a dream come true for many many rock music and Metallica fans. India is a land of music and rock music definitely is a huge influence on teenagers and adults alike. In my husband’s words, ” I started listening to rock music after I heard Metallica at the age of 19″. Another friend of mine says, “amongst the many heavy rock metal bands, Metallica stands out for its style and music and so he loves it”. Bangalore has seen lot of rock concerts including Iron Maiden – twice, Deep Purple, Megadeth, Aerosmith, Lamb of God, Scorpions etc. and Metallica was the most awaited after all these concerts. The concert was expecting a crowd of 25-28 thousand people which went upto 35 thousand. Fans from Chennai, Kerala, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata & Delhi had come to witness the first ever concert of Metallica in Bangalore – India. One could spot fans with Metallica t-shirts, caps, banners and even Metallica name tattooed which was a spectacular view.  And oh it was crowded and crazy and NOTHING REALLY MATTERS WHEN METALLICA IS PERFORMING 😀

Well people had started gathering for the concert from 3 pm onwards, while Metallica was to perform at 8 pm. Despite the heavy showers of rain from 5.45 pm to 7.00 pm, fans reached and made it for the breathtaking performance. The band opened with Creeping Death which was followed by fade to black, fuel, sad but true, One, seek & destroy, Sanatorium, nothing else matters ….. James Hetfield, the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist was full of energy and so were the other members of the band. The crowd was singing, waving hands, clapping and shouting their lungs out to the Metallica. With fireworks to give the fiery effects to the songs, it was truly an experience of a lifetime!

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2011 in Bangalore, Metallica, music

 

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rUn…lIVe tO fLy….fLy to lIVe….aCEs hIGh….

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15th Feb ’09……I could never be as excited as I was this year……….IRON MAIDEN, my favorite heavy metal rock band was for the 3rd and last time performing in India. The previous two times that they performed in India, I missed it….Oh GOd! I was so damn excited as I was going to see them perform live…..Bruce Dickinson, lead vocalist with his mind blowing voice was there right in front of my eyes……… I was surrounded with gals and guys wearing IRON maiden tees including me……….WOW……….It was so thrilling…….. Blood was gushing in my body from my heart and I was already high(PS :- I don’t booze)……..

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Sharp at 8.00 pm, the lights went off and the stage was lit, the screen opened, and there our man, Bruce opened the show with the song ‘ACES HIGH’……It was mind blowing……..All I could do is just scream my lungs out and jump and sing the song…..This was their world tour, and they named it “Somewhere back in time” form one of their album Somewhere in time….Then the other songs that they performed on were: 2 Minutes to Mid-night, Run to Hills, The Number of the Beast, Phantom of the Opera Hallowed be thy name and Fear of the Dark……..All in all it was an awesome experience, felt the exuberance …..

The only thing that I missed was the presence of my sister……..Anyway as a compensation, I offered to fly her down to Bangalore for any rock concert that takes place. Not 1 but two ……

That is of course me at the concert………val

 

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1 year as a PR Professional……

Wow……I completed a year on the 14th of January 2009 as a PR Professional in my organization (Hanmer MS&L)….It was a great year………With scary, weird, senseless, great clients, it has been a amazing year with a lot of exposure, learning and of course honing my skills with every passing day…I think the best achievement that I made apart from all the great work I’ve done for my clients, is that I got promoted the very next month after completing my 6 months of probation……..Of course I am happy and think its an achievement, this being my first job……….

First 3 months were really crazy and I was just thrown amidst loads of work with no idea how to execute each task assigned…Of course all thanks to my immediate senior who helped me understand the nitty-gritty of the PR industry and how to service the clients……But the 5th month of my job took a 360 degree turn and today I am performing better that people who have spend like 3-4 years in this industry……Yeah it may sound like I am boasting about myself, but very seldom do we get a chance do that…Don’t we? From basic executable of sending the updates to the client, I have now risen up to working on planning and strategizing as to take my client’s brand ahead……Gives me a real great feel & a kick every day to come to work and discover that I am just not doing the monotonous stuff………I get this satisfaction when I see my boss just blindly trusting me and not interfering with my decision on the clients I handle…..Amongst the various clients that I handle, the only client I hate to work with is Discovery channel….Though the client is based out of Delhi, I take care of all the activities in Bangalore. Initially when I was assigned to work for Discovery, I was so happy because it is a big brand top work with and of course an experience that would help me grow….Yes all of that did happen , but the unwanted pressure that is created on the people working for Discovery channel is damn irritating and is insane……But yes at the end of the day it is my client, so have to perform……

Apart from work, my office is really full of lively, fun loving and great people, which makes the work atmosphere really splendid…..And of course few of my work buddies are Rock music fans, which makes it all the more fun while we play the music and work……

Well this journey has so far been great and I hope it continues to be the same!

 

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THEY were mEANt to Live for SO mUCh mORe!

Music moves our souls….(of course only for music lovers)…….Its like Solace amidst the storms, comforts when you are hurt, entertains when you are stuck in a rut…Can sweep you off your feet (if someone uses it in a apt way to make you feel, you are the One), And yes one can also experience an altogether life in a different world, where you simply get consumed! Yeah various other things that music can do apart from the above mentioned……

But what I always wondered is about the stars who with their marvelous, incredible voices have made the whole music world so damn mind blowing…..I am a music lover and yes ROCK music tops my list, followed by Industrial rock, Country, Alternative, Rhythm and blues……The bands that I adore are Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Metallica, Pink Floyd, Audio Slaves, The Doors, Creed, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Nirvana….and many single artists….. I feel every band has a particular style of music that defines them……I mean one can easily identify the number being played from Iron Maiden or a Pink Floyd, a Aerosmith , a Metallica and so on…..

When one thinks about especially Rock music, the first impression is “Sex, drugs and Rock n Roll”…..And its not wrong if people tend to think that way, because most of the rock stars are drug addicts and heavily into alcohol…It is their lifestyle or trend that they follow…some survive and go on to be great legends and some still go on to become great legends but don’t really survive to witness all that success…….

A few legends I think who could have made it great, but died because of OD(drug overdose) are Jim Morrison, Janice Joplin and Kurt Cobain ( he of course shot himself)……..

jim-morrisonJIM MORRISON:- He is best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of The Door, and is widely considered to be one of the most charismatic frontmen in the rock music history…..He died at the age 28 of a heroin overdose…..

janice-joplinJANICE JOPLIN:- She rose to fame in late 60s as the lead vocalist of Big Brother and then went on to be a solo artist….She ranked 46 on the list of the 100 greatest artist of all time…….She died at the age of 27 of a heroin overdose….

kurt-cobainKURT COBAIN:- He was one of the most sort after lead vocalist, lyricist and guitarist of the famous band Nirvana….He was considered as the spokesperson of the GenX in world of  the rock music……He tried to commit suicide 6 times and finally his 7th attempt took him to his heavenly abode at the age of 26…..

Well the others who survived the drug addiction and are still alive are Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath…..and many others……..

Only if these artist had been able to cope up with their drug addiction and thought that they were meant to live for so much more than being reduced to die of drug addiction ………

 

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Happy B’day Jim Morrison vs Immaculate conception!!!!!

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December 8th….Happy B’day Jim(Morrison)……..Yeah today is the legendry singer’s 65th b’day…..James Dougles Morrison was born in the year 1943 in Melbourne, Florida ….Wel he was an American singer, songwriter, poet, writer and a film director with purportedly an IQ of 149…….

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And 8th Decmber happens to be Mother Mary’s Immaculate conception…..The Church celebrates it as Mother Mary was created and born without the stain of original sin….

This morning I called my kid sister and had the usual chat with her……I just told her you know its 8th december……….and she was like yeahhhhhhh today is Jim Morrison’s b’day and then I told her, today is Mother Mary’s immaculate conception…..she was like Oh my god! I had forgotten…… I just laughed away……..

This reminds of one more such incident. My kid sister whose just turned 19 a month ago is a Rock head…..She lives on rock music……….We went to Church on sunday which was like a routine every week…..We open the hymn book and turn to the page announced by the choir and it read “Hallowed be thy name” and immediately she whispers……… Iron Maiden because one of their songs’ title is hallowed be thy name…………..

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2008 in jim morrison, music, Rock

 

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