As clichéd as it may sound, any music artiste would agree that there’s no greater high than sharing stage with their idols. With the number of international bands coming to perform in India increasing every year, the opportunities for indigenous acts to perform alongside these icons have also gone up. In the run up to the first-ever India concerts of both Santana and Slayer, two veteran bands that have pioneered the growth of indie music in the country — rock outfit Indus Creed and metal band Brahma — talk about how it feels to open for the global icons.
‘I have no words’
Devraj Sanyal, vocalist, Brahma
(To open for Slayer today at Bengaluru)
How does it feel to open for Slayer?
I have no words. I thought that when we opened for Sepultura in 2007, we had lived it all. But with this Slayer concert, things only get better.
What is your earliest memory of listening to Slayer’s music?
I remember buying a cassette of their album in 1990.
Your favourite Slayer song?
It’s difficult to name just one. But I love ‘South of heaven’, ‘War ensemble’ and ‘Seasons in the abyss’.
What do you love the most about Slayer as a band?
I think they are the best metal band in the world. They write great music and are amazing performers. Even though their founding guitarist Jeff Hannemen won’t be
performing as he is unwell, the band is just as great with Gary Holt, who’s filling in for him.
What can fans expect from this gig?
We will be teaming up with Vehrnon Ibrahim from Bengaluru-based metal band Millennium. It is going to be a great show.
‘My dad had Santana’s first album’
Uday Benegal, vocalist, Indus Creed
(To open for Santana at Bengaluru on October 26)
What is your earliest memory of listening to Santana’s music?
I remember my dad had Santana’s first album which had the face of roaring lion on its cover. Also, after watching the movie Woodstock (1970), I was amazed by him.
You will open for him next week. How does it feel?
It feels great to be able to share stage with a legend. We grew up listening to his music.
Your favourite Santana song?
There is no one song. He has such an incredible body of work. Some of my favourites are ‘Love, devotion & surrender’ and ‘Soul sacrifice’.
What do love the most about Santana as artiste?
The fact that he is so lyrical in his guitar playing.
Any other artiste you’d like to share stage with?
Porcupine Tree, Peter Gabriel and Pete Tong. And yes, I’d love to collaborate with Bjork and Iron & Wine.
When slash broke the string on stage
In 1996, Indus Creed got a chance to jam with Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash at a concert to mark MTV’s launch in India. Uday says why the gig will remain one of
The most memorable experiences for the band:
“It was a mad gig. Slash had knocked back a few before the gig. And in the middle of the performance, his guitar string broke. But he couldn’t take the guitar off his shoulder. So one of our roadies had to come and help him.”
Catch Slayer and Santana at Vladivar Rock 'N India concert on October 20 and Oct 26 respectively at Bengaluru. Tickets on www.ticketgenie.in