They love the Irish rock band U2 and people, in turn, love them for it. A group of four men from UK-based band Elevation, offer you more during a live performance than U2 does on tape.
(L-R): Band member Stuart, Alan, Tony and Mark
In a conversation over the rare combination of beer and coffee, they discuss their India Tribute Tour to U2, football in England, Indian food, traffic lights, monkeys et al.
Their journey in India started on September 11 from Bangalore, and they went on to Delhi, Gurgaon and have now halted at Chandigarh. Their tour would further go on to Lucknow, Pune, Hyderabad, Dehradun, Shillong, Guwahati and Kolkata, till October 6.
Sharing the inception of their band, way back in 2002, members Mark (getting into the shoes of U2 member Larry), Alan (playing The Edge), Stuart (everyone’s beloved Bono) and Tony (Adam) share, “Hailing from the shores of Liverpool, England, we began locally after getting together in 2002. Eventually, the world was introduced to the taste of our raw passion for music and academic attention to musical detail. Music lovers and connoisseurs realised that we had the most authentic sights and sounds of U2.”
They go on to add, “We have tried our best to enthuse the audience with every tribute performance of ours, no matter where in the world we are — from Vancouver to Montreal to Halifax, New York, Venice, Sarajevo and Dominican Republic.”
For their India tour, the England-based band has picked up the best 18 songs of U2. Alan says these are the songs that they feel would be best for India. Mark chips in, “We have been enthralled by the excitement among people in the past few venues we performed at.”
Shifting focus to India, they vehemently express their liking for the country. When asked what they liked the best, they echo, “Vibrancy and diversity of the nation is what surprises us a lot.” Laughing, they add, “Also monkeys and trees have caught our attention. And how can we forget the traffic lights here!”
They wonder from where the hordes of people come, and where they are headed. Comparing the country to England, the band shares, “We have red lights in England too, but we follow them and stop when needed. Here, it gets difficult to cross the road. I guess England and India are the same, yet different.”
Performing here on Thursday at Chandigarh Golf Club, they open up about their country before leaving. They question, “Have you ever been to Liverpool? This densely populated place is just about two things — music and football. In every family you’ll have a son supporting Liverpool and father Everton, or viceversa. But, after the game, they are back to being together over drinks.”
The performance is presented by Seagram’s 100 Pipers in which the band will pay a tribute to the ‘original of the species’ U2, through their show — Elevation: The U2 Experience.