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Saluting the rock giants

City-based musicians come together to pay tribute to American hard rock band Guns N’ Roses.

music Updated: Oct 25, 2012 02:06 IST
Vaishali Bhambri
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The city has become a hot spot for international performances, and the biggest addition to the starry lineup is legendary hard rock band Guns N’ Roses, who’ll tour India for the first time in December. And, what better than a well-timed gig that pays tribute to the rock stars.

October, a Delhi-based band, along with an interesting lineup of musicians, will pay tribute to the legends by playing 22 of their all-time hit numbers. “When we announced the gig, we had no idea that GN’R is coming to the city! Through tributes we present more familiar music to the audience as opposed to originals by other bands. Such gigs are well-received and enjoyed,” says Chintan Kalra, producer of the show, who won’t be playing at the gig as he feels he won’t be able to do justice to the band.

The lineup for the evening includes all the numbers from the album, Appetite for Destruction, and others. “We have grown up listening to their music. It’s our mutual fondness for the same kind of music that brought us together,” says Shashvat Pandit, the guitarist with October.

The five-piece ensemble will be joined by musicians such as Megumi D’souza, Chaitanya Bhalla, Bhim Kaul, Arjun Kaul, Ashton Vaz, Akshat Taneja and RN Jaidev. “We are very good friends and thought of playing together. We are doing this tribute for the second time now,” says Jaidev, who plays the guitar with the band, Indigo Children.

Talking about so many international gigs taking place in the city, Pandit says, “It’s a good thing that so many high-profile acts have been coming to the city. Bands of this repute have come here after long. So, people are really excited.”

GN’R is coming
As part of their maiden tour to India, American hard rock band Guns N’ Roses will be performing in Gurgaon on December 12. “Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that I would be playing a concert in India. I am truly fortunate and can’t wait to see the Indian people go crazy for GN’R,” said Frank Ferrer, the drummer with the band, about performing for the first time in India.

Catch them live
What: A tribute to Guns N’ Roses
When: Today
Timing: 9pm onwards
Entry: Rs 500
Where: Hard Rock Cafe, Saket