This is in response to a blog post that i read today by someone called Rahul Sarin on the cancelled Metallica show at Gurgaon. It was being retweeted on twitter – and was running a huge comment thread. The post was titled ‘The day that shouldve never come’ – and i suggest everybody go thru it first… and also some of the comments on the comment thread.
Also, i would like to make it clear that i am not a Metallica fan – i can barely name five songs of theirs – and i know lyrics to only one. I attended their concert on the 25th of October in Abu Dhabi, and i think it was one of the best concerts i have attended ever. And i have attended quite a few in my lifetime.
And for those who do not know – Metallica was supposed to perform at Gurgaon today – in a show which got cancelled… (the reasons we shall debate).. and this is what happened…
Reading Mr. Sarins article – i have truly come to the conclusion that this is probably the first concert he has attended. The fact that he justifies the crowds behavior by citing some stupid reasons – just blows me away. And it gets worse when u read some of the comments that support what he has said. And it gets weirder because he blames Metallica for it.
Let me start with an analogy Mr. Sarin. Supposing you owned a business – of which i was a customer. And i had to receive a product from you at a certain time (for which i have invested a lot of my money) thru a third party.. let call it ‘X’. Now, you are ready with the product – but, X has faltered… and due to whatever reason, X does not deliver. But tells me, that you know what, it really wont be possible today, but for sure, it will be delivered tomorrow. For sure this would upset me. But, does this give me the right to go to your premises and start destroying everything i see?? I guess not.
I am sorry to say, but you, and everyone else like you (and yes, i am stereotyping over here) are the breed of Indians that i have come to fear. Intolerant, arrogant, hypocrites – and people with bloated egos who believe that ‘they can never be wrong.. and everyone is answerable to them’. And if you, and the people like you are building the future of our country, then i am sorry to say – the future really does not look bright.
Shows like these are logistical and organisational nightmares – and from what i see, it was a complete failure of the promoter of the event – DNA. But then again, things like these happen – and not just in India, but all over the world. As far as getting intoxicated is concerned – Drinking, is a voluntary action – and not forced upon anyone, including DNA or metallica. Also, the waiting bit – well, if you have attended concerts before, you should know that gates of venues open many hours before the band actually starts to perform. And the reason for this is, that glitches like the ones that were happening could be ironed out or sorted out before the concert actually starts and the crowd goes in a frenzy.
You mention that if this was US/UK the band or band members would not have used words like ‘fuckin’ and ‘butthead’ – well sorry sir, all you need to do is youtube stuff, and you will see that this is not true – you went for a metallica concert – and NOT for a satsang. The difference is, that people in any other country are more tolerant than people like you. And, i think you should also place yourself in the bands shoes and understand how frustrating it would have been for them to have been dealing with the organizers and not having things the way they wanted.
Metallica, and bands like Metallica are artists – but at the same time, they are in a business. The business of creating, and selling music. And they are proffessionals with humongous amounts of experience in performing live. They know what they are talking about – and if they feel that the safety and security standards are not met – they are probably right. They wouldnt cancel or postpone a show just because they feel like it. Im sure you wouldnt have liked being in the middle of a stampede involving 25000 people because the barricades couldnt hold up? And i can guarantee you this (after having seen Metallica in Abu Dhabi a few days back) – that for bands like metallica, their fans are their ultimate assets. They, would be the last ones to dissapoint them – whether they thought they are ‘stupid, illiterate’ people – or super intelligent ones.
The problem is, that you and people like you have started believing that the world thinks that Indians are ‘stupid & illiterate downmarket people who really dont think they know what they are doing.’ – and use this belief of yours as a reason to justify why something wrong happens.
It is truly shameful to see what happened. The people had no right to get onto the stage and start destroying equipment and property. And why? Because you did not want to be instructed? Because you thought the band should play as soon as you enter? Because you think that they cant call you ‘buttheads’? Because you lost 3 grand?
And yes, i do imagine the level of dissapointment of true metallica fans – who had to miss seeing their idols because of idiots who cant behave?
You think concerts dont get cancelled anywhere else? Just a few months back over here, a sold out Tiesto concert got cancelled an hour before it was scheduled to start due to ‘technical difficulties’ Yes – people had been waiting for hours. But no, they did not go on a rampage – instead, like educated and literate people, walked out in peace and understood the situation.
Gates for the Metallica concert over here opened four hours before the band came on stage. But, people did not get impatient. They waited like sensible people. And there were 50000 of us over here waiting. And drinking. And paying for overpriced food. Just like in any other concert around the world. Also – listening to and obeying instructions given by the organisers and security personel. Without arguing. Because, it helped us watch the band we wanted to watch.
Please, do not justify the crowds behavior. It is shameful, and should not have happened. And it is stuff like this that makes the rest of the world have opinions about us Indians. And please do not blame the band. They will do their jobs (just like you) only when they are sure that it is safe enough to do so. If you would not work when it is not safe enough – do not expect anyone else to do so.
The only people to blame over here are the organisers. And the people. And if you do not get that – its just too bad. Not for you, or for me, but for the future of our country.
And yes. I hope, acts like Metallica never perform in NCR again. Because when you guys behave the way you do – its people like me who do not know where to show our faces.
I am sorry if i have been harsh on this. But i think somebody needed to knock some sense in.