THE GUITAR SOCIETY 26th sept 2011
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Archna Puran Singh
Bangalore Pushes the Underground Deeper Into the Shadows
1. For a city that’s hosted concerts by the likes of Sting, The Rolling Stones, Mark Knopfler, Roger Waters, Elton John, Mr. Big, Iron Maiden and The Prodigy, a recent order from the authorities banning “loud Western music” might seem a bit unbelievable. It’s true though. Bangalore’s reputation as a progressive, pluralistic city took a bit of a battering recently, when city police officials issued all restaurants and bars serving liquor a diktat that included the following directives:
No bright coloured flashing lights. No dancing. No loud Western music. Only recorded music at a low volume.
This isn’t the first time Bangalore’s had to fight for its music. In 2008, the authorities clamped down on restaurants, clubs and bars forcing them to adhere to a strict 11:30 p.m. closing deadline. This new order has made it that much harder for live music to survive in the city. The one silver lining on this tragic situation might be the fact that, in India, the authorities need to enforce “morals” is always superseded by their weakness for a little monetary “persuasion”. In other words, there’s always a way.
2.Harley Rock Riders Tour Set for Grand Finale
The second Harley Rock Riders Tour is winding to a close and it’s been a massive four months. Since May, the tour has touched down in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad bringing rock fans the oomph and muscle of Harley-Davidson motorcycles together with high-energy performances from bands like Split, Half Step Down and Thermal and a Quarter. This is the 2nd edition of the tour that debuted last year with a tour that featured Indus Creed, Menwhopause, Indigo Children and Split.
On 1 October, the second edition will come to an end with a massive blowout show at New Delhi’s Talkatora Indoor Stadium featuring performances from the event’s touring bands Split and Half Step Down as well as performances from The Circus and headliners Parikrama. In addition to the all-star line-up, a lucky winner from the audience gets to go home with a Gibson electric guitar, courtesy of Gibson Guitar Corp., the official guitar partner for the Harley Rock Riders Tour.
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