So recently, a lot of people I know on Facebook started using the hashtag #WhenBombayRocked, it was heartwarming to read about the different experiences and memories that the people of Bombay have had with respect to their Rock/Metal scene. I too, thought I’d pen a few of my own memories down, memories of the Ahmedabad Metal scene and how we’ve made it through all these years.
I remember, a time when the “Metal Scene” of Ahmedabad comprised of a few individuals who would get together at this one Tea shop near my house at Drive in Road, the tea shop was referred to as “Mela Kitli” and I suppose people started meeting up there instead of the infamous Rambhai Tea shop at IIM because of conflicting factions or whatever.
Moshpit 2009’s Poster!
So anyhow, this was where we used to meet. I remember it like it was yesterday, so many people used to be actively involved in “discussing” Metal back then! It was almost like a constant war of up-manship (all in good fun, of course), Orkut used to be pretty big and the “Ahmedabad Rock Lovers” community (with Anubhav Srivastav as it’s administrator and Vinny Kaul as it’s moderator) was the one place we could all call home.
Quite a few Rock concerts used to happen which we were all a part of in some capacity, until we decided to organize the first Moshpit in 2009. It took quite a bit of collective effort, money and resources but we did pull it off in style. Most of us were really annoyed by the event organizers of Ahmedabad for not allowing Metal bands and this was our way of celebrating the genre we all loved. We were so irritated by “Rock concerts” in fact, that the Event page read something like this:
Okay first of all, I’d like to make one thing very clear, Moshpit is going to be the most pathetic Rock show ever because there’s no “Rock” music in it so to speak, we can guarantee you the best Metal show this city has ever seen though.
The gig in itself was amazing and still remains, to date, my most favorite concert of all time. We drew a huge crowd, with 500 people showing up to bang their heads off to Heavy Metal! Everything about this concert was rebellious, right from the pass design, which was a photoshopped version of the 50-rupee note (With Mahatma Gandhi swapped for Satan) which several printers refused to print to the fact that we actually had threats to beat people for hooliganism in the “Rules” section of the concert. The 50 Rupee pass rate was cheap and we kept it that way to make sure that we had the maximum number of people attending.
The infamous Moshpit pass!
We were all just kids, but we certainly were rebels at heart, the concert had it’s fair share of controversies and attempts of sabotage since we did have quite a few enemies. But in the end, it all turned out to be great. We had The Aura Stealers from Surat who played an amazing Metallica tribute to begin the show, Baba (Neerav Gupta) brought his band of Groove Metallers “Scaremonger” from Jaipur to play next and the headliners Decayed Souls played a haunting set to end the show! We also had my band Decimation play a sheepish set which wasn’t longer than three songs and of course, Wildfire played a couple of Thrash songs afterwards.
A mix of Heavy, Groove, Death and Thrash Metal, the show was hosted by the legendary RJ (Ritwik Joshi) of Fade from Baroda, it truly was and shall always remain a coming-together of the entire Metal scene of Gujarat, and I cannot recall any concert since then that achieved what Moshpit 2009 did. We felt strong as Brothers of Metal, we felt one. Surat, Baroda, Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar all came together to make Moshpit 2009 happen. It was the beginning of something amazing, it was the beginning of Metalabad’s concerts, of us taking it upon ourselves to help the Gujarat Metal Scene achieve it’s identity in the national scene.
Will always cherish that gig, and that ladies and gentlemen, was when Ahmedabad Rocked
I’ll sign off now, please leave your comments below!