Monday, March 19, 2007

Show of the beast

The crowd was getting restless. We had waited desperately since morning in heat and dust. By noon, I guess, a crazy bloke ran to gates for no good reason and we sheepishly followed his action which resulted in waiting under the burning sun for three long hours till the gates opened by 3. The opening of the front gate caused clamorous agitations at the rear one, we slammed the tin sheets, shouted f words, and with our superabundant energy we crusaded against the security personnel to enter the arena. They succumbed to our fire, force and passion and DNA guys allowed us in without any frisking; we ran with all our might to get space closer to stage.

The sea of people caused awful waves. We were jam packed to such a great extent that even a downpour would not have reached the ground, a tiny fart would have felt by the guy behind. Dust, smoke and heat suffocated us greatly; sweat oozed out from every part of body. We were churned by the waves pushing us left, right or front, few of them fell down, few lost their watches in that pandemonium. Some of us gave in!!! We couldn’t take that anymore and we retreated from front and breathed in freely in the back.

Winners of Campus idol, F.T.N (F@#$ the name) opened the concert. They played few absolutely sick new age numbers. The front man had an overexciting stage presence; guitarists had a very typical rap-metal posture. They got Bronx cheered through out, there were fifty thousand middle fingers in the air showing contempt. He shouted in a noisy, blundering tone “Bangalore, lemme see you hands up!!!” and all he got were goodbyes, thumb downs and middle fingers. They quit after a cacophonic half hour. My suggestion for them is to rechristen their band to F.T.Band

Parikrama had come down from Delhi and presented a decent show. Guitarist played wonderfully, as usual. Violinist bored us for a while with some Carnatic music, not so bad, but not the right time. Surprisingly a band known for playing covers gave an all originals set. Stage presence of front man was not bad at all, he asked the chaotic crowd in the front to stop pushing around, appreciable!!!

Lauren Harris, a cute loser from UK played next. She was misusing the pitiable fact that she is the daughter of Steve Harris. Maybe she thought a loser in the west can make good in Bangalore, but she was ludicrously wrong. Bangaloreans didn’t buy her good looks and baby voice, she got booed out ruthlessly. She kept running around the stage like a mad dog and kept screaming in a high pitch, childish voice “Howya doin, Bangalore”. She too got thousands of middle fingers from us, she would have sobbed backstage I guess.

The stage went dark; it was the time to atone for all the losers we put up till then, for all the heat, dust and suffocation till then. Finally Gods bestowed their blessings!!! The lights grew in intensity, the backdrop slid slowly and “Different World” kick started like a thunderstorm on a serene night. Crowd started to cheer, animate, vivify, and exhilarate for the Gods. We banged our heads, threw our hands in air, shouted and screamed, hymned the prayers of Gods. The backdrop was a scene from battlefield, a tank and lots of Eddies. Bruce, known for his amazing stage presence was enthralled by the Bangalore crowd, we exceeded his expectations. His signature line “Scream for me Bangalore” made us cheer our throat out. Janick Gers was swinging his guitar endlessly, Adrian, Dave and Steve played flawlessly wearing a smile. Bruce fluttered the British flag during “Trooper”, which was not expected, because of controversial US episode. The tank on the backdrop was replaced by a real one during “Iron Maiden”, it turned the cannon towards the crowd and Eddie arose from the tank and had a glimpse of crowd. “Fear of the dark” received the biggest response from crowd, attributed to the popularity of the song. Eddie walked on stage in an army outfit during “Evil that men do”. Bruce cried “Scream for me Bangalore” every now and then, we roared for that. It was so kind of him to dedicate “Wrathchild” to the late vocalist of Moksha. He said that we don’t even have to wait for 17 months to see them again, which was greatly welcoming. The encore consisted of “2 minutes to midnight”, “Evil that men do” and “Hallowed be thy name”. The band got photographed with the crowd in the background and that was the end of show, the best one till date.

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