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For an event that promises to be the biggest since Iron Maiden first set foot on Indian soil back in 2007, Metallica.com has confirmed that the Gods will finally descend upon India this October. Here is a screenshot of the announcement made on their official website:

Metallica in India!

Need I say more?

Now, all of us had some idea about F1 Rocks for awhile now. Just as I had speculated in my post dated April 27, “this incredible concert” that Mr. Trujillo referred to in his interview with the Inland Empire Weekly for their cover story has actually turned out to be F1 Rocks, to be held alongside the inaugural Formula 1 Indian Grand Prix (scheduled for October 28-30, 2011) at Greater Noida. F1 Rocks will be held in Leisure Valley, Sector 29, Gurgaon on October 28, 2011.

But it is the night of October 30, 2011 that promises something special. Sonisphere Festival in Bangalore? Are you kidding me? A momentous occasion. Period.

Stay away from me, Creeping Death, for I have to stay alive until the night of October 30, 2011. \nn/


The first time I got word that Metallica would grace our shores was soon after the release of St. Anger back in 2003. Turned out to be a rumor, exactly like the ones that would surface almost religiously every year since then. So, by the time I heard about Metallica FINALLY playing in India in 2011, my immunity to “Metallica rumors” had developed to an extent that I didn’t even give it a second thought.

But soon, I read in The Times of India that the organizers of F1 Rocks (part of the opening ceremony for the Formula 1 Indian Grand Prix) were in talks with the band to perform here (although they mentioned others like Beyonce & Black Eyed Peas too). Now, this was something different. Reading about a Metallica gig in print, that too in a reputed Indian newspaper. It was time to start the celebrations, right? Well, knowing all too well how severely the Indian media has been infected with the “jumping the gun” virus, the article merely got me a ‘little’ interested. But interested enough, nevertheless, to force me to get in touch with the organizers. And yup, they were in talks with the band and had me assured that something special was indeed on the cards. Boy!

April 1 came and went, and along with it came several “confirmations,” some even claiming that Metallica would be supported by Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax. Yup, the Big 4. Blah blah blah.

But now, we’ve got word from Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo man! Speaking to the Inland Empire Weekly for their cover story, this is what he had to say:

“We are going to play India in October. That should be interesting, playing a place we never thought in our wildest dreams we’d [go] to play. It’s an honor for all of us that we get to be a part of that whole music scene as a metal band sharing our music with fans in India at this incredible concert!”

Now, it is highly likely that “this incredible concert” that Mr. Trujillo refers to is our good old “F1 Rocks,” to be held alongside the inaugural Formula 1 Indian Grand Prix scheduled for October 28-30, 2011, at Greater Noida.

But wait a second, in regards to the venue ain’t I jumping the gun too? Well, who cares? I’m from Delhi for one. And most importantly, since I’m writing for a magazine now, it’s safe to say that I’m part of the “Indian media” too. Alternative or not.

Let’s wait and watch.

ps. International readers – Greater Noida is “almost Delhi.” So, chill, it won’t be too “off the radar.”

Metallica at The O2 Arena, London

So, the moment all Indian metalheads have been waiting for is finally here. 2011 marks Metallica celebrating 30 years of its existence and it has been an equally long wait for Indian fans. But finally, a Metallica concert in India seems like a distinct possibility.

The rumor that had been circulating for quite some time now, has turned out to be so much more this time around. The following is an excerpt from the Inland Empire Weekly cover story featuring Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo:

“We are going to play India in October. That should be interesting, playing a place we never thought in our wildest dreams we’d [go] to play. It’s an honor for all of us that we get to be a part of that whole music scene as a metal band sharing our music with fans in India at this incredible concert!”

These are the words of Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo. Need I say more? We just need to wait for an official confirmation from the Metallica camp now. And then, let the celebrations begin. Because remember, it doesn’t get bigger than this \nn/

ps. For the uninitiated:

Metallica has released nine studio albums,  has won nine Grammy Awards, and has had five consecutive albums debut at number one on the Billboard 200, making Metallica the first band to do so. The band has sold an estimated 100 million records worldwide and as of January 2011, Metallica is the fourth best-selling music artist since the SoundScan era began tracking sales on May 25, 1991, selling a total of 52,672,000 albums in the United States alone.

James Hetfield

“I’m the only one who’s been in two of the bands! It’s neat!”

– Dave Mustaine

On being the only one to have played in two bands (at any given point in time) out of the four that played at this year’s Sonisphere Festival (Metallica & Megadeth). Right. Like we can’t see through the sarcasm!

Dave Mustaine

After releasing “Another Way To Die” as the lead single off their upcoming album  “Asylum,” DISTURBED have offered a free download of the title track “Asylum” at their official web site.  Although the track “Asylum” wouldn’t be available on iTunes before July 20, the band has released this track for free exclusively on their web site, but only for a limited time (which I believe would be up until the official single release on July 20).

The follow-up to the band’s platinum selling “Indestructible” was self-produced by the band’s guitarist Dan Donegan, just like its predecessor. “Asylum,” the album arrives on August 30 in the UK and on August 31 in the US through Reprise Records.  Although an Indian release date hasn’t been announced yet, my friends at IMI [Indian Music Industry] have confirmed that the album will release in India through Virgin Records India.

The band is also working on a video for this track, which would be directed by Roboshobo, a guy with a pretty interesting name, to say the least. Roboshobo –  no that’s not the guy’s real name, was christened Robert Schober (doesn’t that rhyme too, or am I still high?) by his more sensible parents (although only marginally). He has also produced the video for the lead single “Another Way To Die.” The Guy (No, I don’t mean the mascot of DISTURBED who also is called “The Guy,” but Roboshobo) can also boast of directing videos like METALLICA’s “All Nightmare Long,” DEFTONES’ “Diamond Eyes” and MASTODON’s “Sleeping Giant,” “Divinations” and “Oblivion” among others. Pretty impressive!!

But on a more serious note, I personally think all of these videos were quite good and that this guy is genuinely talented. The video for “All Nightmare Long,” with its grungy, grainy and old-school feel was amazing! Not to forget the video for MASTODON’s “Oblivion,” which was kind of like a homage to Stanley Kubrick/Arthur C. Clarke classic “2001: A Space Odyssey,” another personal favorite.

Here’s hoping the new video lives up to expectations. In the mean time, enjoy the song “Asylum” which is both heavier and IMO ( In My Opinion 😛 ) better than “Another Way To Die.”


Oh no, Don’t thank me. Thank the band. Cheers!!

And yes, the band recently released the kick-ass cover art for “Asylum,” which obviously features “The Guy.” Check it out!

Asylum Cover Art