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Mega rock show to wow fans in India

Frank Yandolino, producers of the original Woodstock festival, is organising Signal To Space, a 3-day rock show to be held in New York, Berlin, Tokyo, and one Indian city in 2009. Naomi Canton reports.
Hindustan Times | By Naomi Canton, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2008 02:24 AM IST

Flying saucers, Paul McCartney’s brainwave projections, and robots in a green field is what Frank Yandolino wants at a Woodstock-like music festival in India. His object: to greet aliens.

The 62-year-old assistant to the producers of the original Woodstock festival is organising Signal To Space, a three-day rock show to be held in world capitals New York, Berlin and Tokyo, and one Indian city in summer 2009. Yandolino is currently scouting for green sites of over 100 acres in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore to be the Indian venue.

“This is a festival about science and experiments, and it will be the largest music festival ever... India is perfect because it is an IT country and this festival is all about space and technology,” says the man who was inspired by Michael Luckman’s Alien Rock: The Rock ’n’ Roll Extraterrestrial Connection, that records experiences rock musicians have had with aliens.

“Sixty-foot metal flying saucers fitted with cameras will hover over the crowd, taking pictures of the audience and beaming them to planets like Mars,” says Yandolino.

His company is in talks with McCartney, Elton John, Aerosmith, David Bowie, Moby, Eric Clapton and Lenny Kravitz. In Mumbai, consultant Lalit Bhatnagar is helping him get Bollywood artistes.

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