In the last 7 years Joy and I have hardly travelled out of Hyderabad, besides this year of course; we made up for quite a bit! But the times when we travelled together for sure, were to watch concerts in Bangalore.
Right from taking the bus, to travelling second class on trains, to flying, we've done it all! Never planned ahead of time, but somehow managed not to miss any concert that we wanted to watch! And, friends have also been great. Not only did they let us stay with them, they also accompanied us to the concerts!
Our concert trips turn into quick vacations, though the place of visit is the same every time. What we do different is visit different pubs and restaurants each time. But, there's one thing I never miss in every trip is walking down Brigade Road and Residency Road. It may seem strange to many; however, I just love walking down these roads and shop for things I don't quite need!
One such trip was to hear (and see) Scorpions play live in Bangalore. It was at the usual destination, Palace Grounds. We reached a few hours before the show was to start, stood in the huge queue, with the tiny hope to stand at a place from where we'd atleast be able to see the big screen if not the men at play! To my huge surprise, and all of us, we found ourselves on the first line! Unbelievable! Needless to say we had a ball. The songs we sang while growing up, sometimes at local gigs or a house party or just along with cassettes and CDs, we were actually humming along live with the original band!
We went to Mojo's, a favourite food and beer drinking joint and headed for Ruby Tuesday for dinner the next evening and feasted on some really good food. While in Bangalore, especially during Christmas, how can you not once drop in at Opus?
Our 1st concert trip together!
The times when I travelled alone (i.e, minus Joy)
To catch Sting in action at Palace Grounds in Bangalore on February 4, 2005. He was touring to promote his Sacred Love album.
Yet again to see God descend on BKC ground in Mumbai! I'm talking about Mark Knopfler. When I saw the man on stage I felt my life was worth living! Money For Nothing, Walk Of Life, Brothers In Arms... my teenage came alive!
It was May 2007, I was in Mumbai for some work. A couple of friends called to say that Aerosmith is coming to Bangalore to perform. I have never been their huge fan, but enjoyed half a dozen of their songs right from school days. Therefore, I had enough reasons to be at the show! Joy didn't want to go as he felt watching Aerosmith is like watching Vengaboys! (ugh!) So, I had no choice but go alone to the concert. The good thing in this trip was that I could catch up with a lot of friends!