The 20th anniversary of Independence Rock (Mumbai's annual monsoon rock music concert series) turned out be a dud this past weekend following the refusal of permission by Mumbai Police Commissioner AN Roy to allow rock music at the Gateway of India.
Indy Rock took me back to the good ol' college days in Mumbai - it used to be an open air event at the Rang Bhavan near Metro cinema in Mumbai. I still remember standing in the rain enjoying Parikrama thorougly entertain the crowd while playing timeless classics from The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, and ofcourse Pink Floyd. I still remember their version of 'Another Brick in the Wall' accompanied by a great pyrotechniques display. While I don't know for sure whether Roy was justified in allowing a loud concert at a protected monument (the Gateway of India), my heart certainly goes out to those who were there to listen to the music, and to the budding artists belonging to 17 bands from all over India who were going to perform there.
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