Desi metalheads may be enraged over the cancellation of Metallica’s concert in Gurgaon on Friday, but nothing can beat the dejection that Delhi band Guillotine, which was to open the American heavy metal band’s gig in the city, had to face on losing out on the chance in their hometown.
“We have lost the biggest opportunity of our lives. Nothing could’ve been bigger than opening for Metallica in our hometown,” says Karan Nambiar, the lead vocalist of the band, that was formed in 2006. The group was selected for the coveted act after they beat 250 bands in a country-wide contest. “After crossing all the hurdles, when we reached our destination, we lost it all, just because of a barricade,” says Nambiar. The band, which has one album — The Cynic — to its credit, was given a 20-minute slot to perform at the concert, for which it had decided to perform its own compositions. “We had been practising all day. But at last, it was an opportunity lost,” he says. However, at the time of going to press, the boys were expected to open Metallica’s Bangalore concert on Sunday.
The group got to know about the postponement (and subsequent cancellation) of the Delhi concert only when official announcement was made. “We were ready with our equipment and it felt like the countdown had begun, but that announcement changed it all,” says Nambiar.
The band feels that the cancellation was justified, as it was a ‘security threat’, and rubbishes rumours that Metallica was unhappy with the equipment: “We did the sound check, and the instruments were fine.”