You can make anything by writing – CS Lewis
We grew up listen to them and some saw them as ‘grown-up’ singing. Finally, the legendary music band Guns N’ Roses hit the Indian shore, a dream come true for many. After Bangalore and Mumbai, they ended their maiden tour to India in Delhi. Around 7000 odd fans throng the dusty ground in Leisure Valley, Gurgaon to watch them live. From white, black, red to brown all creeds were there. One mom turn up with daughters who were tired waiting for performance, so she excused them from going to school next day. Mind you, it was on weekday, so many were seen screaming out their lungs in formals.
Audience enjoyed each and every number they sang but they went mad when the prelude of their hit song November Rain started. Crowd went crazy with Welcome to the Jungle, Sweet Child of Mine and Patience. Though, he ain’t that young any more, Axl Rose was up to the mark with his trade-mark screaming in high pitch. Not to forget, Guns N’ Roses dedicated the concert to Late Pandit Ravi Shankar who passed away few days back. “It is great for us to be here and play in front of you beautiful people. It is an honor for us to be here. I just want to make sure that all of you are happy,” says Axl Rose.
Don’t know what really happen but if it is Guns N’ Roses there got to be some confusion. Axl Rose, the only original band member left, wanted to continue singing but he was stopped. So in anger he threw away the microphone and walk off from the stage. There are many versions like some band member wanted to get over with the gig as they have already taken the bow. Second version says that loud music were not allowed in Gurgaon after 10 pm. And one more thing, why was Axl’s jeans wet? (Don’t believe it, check out the photo below). But at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter, we don’t mind, it is a good sign that the singer is kicking, active and most importantly alive. On that international and serious musician are happy to perform here in India. It okay, ‘Sweet Child of Mine’ you can come back again!
(Published in Society Jan ’13, Page No. 18)