Thursday, September 29, 2016

Thursday Live


I spotted this structure when I first landed in Dubai in 1999. And if you look at the yellow patch just above the cross on the guitar necks - you have the answer - HARD ROCK CAFE.

The building above no longer exists... but Hard Rock Cafe is at a new location there and an integral part of the music scene there. 

India has seven Hard Rock Cafes across the country including 2 in Mumbai and 1 in Pune. And all these cafes are gearing up for an absolutely rocking night tonight THURSDAY LIVE in association with G-SHOCK.

Sultans of Swing - Dire Straits is the dream song of any aspiring guitarist (mine too... and my son's as well). That's definitely a song you would hear at the Hard Rock Cafe tonight as One Night Stand - The Band takes on centrestage and pays tribute to the incredible British Rock band formed in the 1977 - Dire Straits with Mark Knopfler at the helm.

Playing Mark this evening is Sarosh Izedyar - whom I first heard play lead guitar at an Interschool competition in the early 80s. Got to first know him when I sat by his side in the same classroom in the FYJC class at R.A. Podar College. Over the next five years, we performed side by side at many inter-collegiate competitions and competing against each other at the intra-college level. A fantastic lead guitarist, he ensures that everybody drops everything they have to listen to the nuances and intricacies he plays.

Guitar George - who knows all the chords - is Padmanabhan NS - Paddy or Poopsie to his friends. He swept away the Talent Awards at the Emvies 2016 - an Advertising Club Mumbai effort encouraging musical talent among media agencies and companies in the city. Met him at the auditions and he's truly a delightful person... and yes he's really plays a mean guitar. 

The other George (I didn't hear the name of a keyboardist in the lyrics) - is George Joseph. When he's not too busy performing or recording, he volunteers to play the keyboard at the church services at Our Lady Of Perpetual Succour (OLPS) Church Chembur. His incredible rhythms and effects has the Senior Citizens swaying - they would  a 'Whoopi Goldberg' (as in Sister Act), if they could. 

So if you're in the mood for an action-packed musical evening, Hard Rock Cafe Worli is where you should be headed. 

And while One Night Stand - The Band definitely looks forward to more than that, the 'man with a golden voice' will be rocking Hard Rock Cafe at Pune - a few hours drive away. Known as the 'Jingle King' in the 80s - Gary Lawyer will be singing his own songs - 'Nights on Fire' and 'Heaven's Child' and possibly some covers in his characteristic. Did an ad jingle singing backing vocals with him while in my teens. Promises to be an interesting evening as well. 

Loads of music happening in Mumbai. Stay tuned here or better still click FOLLOW on the right. 


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