Monday, March 17

Megadeth at Rock 'N India, Bangalore - Palace Grounds India

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A childhood dream was fulfilled this Friday the 14th of March. As children, most folks aspire to meet their favorite artist or sportsman or witness a particular event. Both of these aspects of my childhood dream reached fruition when I witnessed Megadeth perform on stage.

The day started out ok, with me reaching Bangalore a little groggy and out of sorts after a six hour bus ride that left my face feeling like an oil well. But a good breakfast at a friend's place and some chit chat emboldened my senses so as to leave all charged up for the Megadeth concert at Palace Ground, Bangalore. Nothing was gonna stop me now.

To start with, some Indian bands including MotherJane, Pentagram and Millenium performed. There were two stages: on the smaller of the two stages the Indian bands were lined up with Pentagram headlining that act; and on the larger stage, we had Machine Head and Megadeth. Like many others, I stood for about 6 hours at the international stage, determined not to lose a prime spot when 'Deth came on. Some Indian bands came out and dissed us for not supporting them, but I had come with a single-minded purpose, and pseudo-patriotic claptrap wasn't going to change that.

Machine Head was ok, I have never followed them closely enough, but Megadeth was certainly fulfilled all expectation. Being molested by a thousand guys didn't really make a difference that day! Guitarist Chris Broderick was par for the course for the most part, but you could see that some notes flew out of control, especially the clean Marty piece in Holy Wars. Dave Mustaine, on the other hand was his flawless, professional, solid self. I always thought that rhythm guitar and vocals was a tough job, but try playing some of those blazing riffs that he dished out that day and you will know why this man is a class apart.

At 27, I felt I was one of the oldest in the crowd, with most of these kids not being born when Megadeth released their first album. And even though I had come all alone, we were all brothers in 'Deth that day, and the sight of seeing Dave Mustaine saying those famous closing words will not leave me till the day I die, "You've been great, we've been Megadeth."

Amen.

Some shaky cellphone pics here.
Some shakier cellphone videos here.

11 comments:

  1. "You know who you are, and you know who i am" - Dave Mustane

    (Then Holy Wars...)

    \m/

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  2. Truly one of those long time dreams which you can tick of the list of things you have to do before you die.(i cant tick it off sniff sniff)

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  3. Yeah, Rohmen. I just wish Dave had got some time to do sme more talking. These were the only two lines that he spoke, apart from "You can talk to me through Megadeth.com." I also loved "We WILL be back!"

    Neil: In your face!!!! :D

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  4. ahh!!! sinful!!! :) and when the crowd sang along! One of the best ever concerts.
    And the drizzle towards the end of the concert was so quintessentially Bangalore!

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  6. oh btw...\m/, Mustaine said "you know who u are, and I know who I am" :)
    Peace out!

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  7. Yeah, that's right RTP. But we knew exactly who he was!! :)

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  9. ahh!!! sinful!!! :) and when the crowd sang along! One of the best ever concerts.
    And the drizzle towards the end of the concert was so quintessentially Bangalore!

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  10. Yeah, Rohmen. I just wish Dave had got some time to do sme more talking. These were the only two lines that he spoke, apart from "You can talk to me through Megadeth.com." I also loved "We WILL be back!"

    Neil: In your face!!!! :D

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  11. "You know who you are, and you know who i am" - Dave Mustane

    (Then Holy Wars...)

    \m/

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