NERVEREK OPENS FOR MAIDEN
By Madhumitha S
It’s now official! After more than a month of keeping their fingers crossed, Chennai-based
rock band Nerverek has received the confirmation about them opening for Iron Maiden on Feb 1st in Mumbai.
Iron Maiden will kick off their world tour titled ’SOMEWHERE BACK IN TIME’ by performing at Mumbai on Feb 1.
This will be followed by a jam packed one-and-a-half month tour to Australia, Japan,
Los Angeles, Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Puerto Rica, New York, finally finishing off in Toronto, Canada on March 16.
But how did Nerverek, probably the only Chennai rock band apart from Moksha to open for an international band, land the opportunity in the first place? Winning the status of the country’s Campus Rock Idols 2007 in December, after competing with India’s finest rock
bands at the finals in Delhi has definitely had its rewards.
This Chennai-based Progressive rock band won the opportunity to open for the international heavy metal band Scorpions’ show in Bangalore in December apart from a hefty cash award.
But they were also keeping their fingers crossed for a chance to open for the legendary
Iron Maiden which was a part of the privilege of winning the competition. And it worked.
Having just received the confirmation four days back, the band with its new line up
consisting of Arjun - the lead vocalist and guitarist; Jitesh - the bassist; Ritesh -
the drummer and Shayne Fernandes on the keyboard, started practice pronto.
They will be performing six songs out of which four will be their own compositions.
Talking about the selection of songs, one of the songs to be performed – Marijuana,
features a bit of Iron Maiden’s own composition, says an evidently excited Arjun.
Somewhere back in time
Iron Maiden, the famous English heavy metal band from London, will perform at the MMRDA Grounds, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Mumbai on Feb 1 as part of their ’SOMEWHERE BACK IN TIME’ world tour.
The tickets are priced at Rs 1650 and Rs 1000 and can be purchased online at
www.ticketpro.in. The Gates open at 5 pm, so if you are going, make sure you are there early for a typical mosh pit experience.