Sunday, 19 January 2020

As I Lay Dying: At Fireball, Guwahati, India (+Video)




Besides being a lunatic about automobiles, the next best thing I love is some blood-pumping metal music. Since my childhood, I have been in love with rock and metal music. One such band of whom I am a great fan of is, As I Lay Dying. They first came into my life in the form of their song, Darkest Night from the album Shadows are Security. Ever since then, I have been hooked to their music.
A few months back, when I read the news that they will be playing in GuwahatiIndia, during their India Tour, I considered it to be fake. Even in my wildest dreams, I could never have imagined them performing live in my city. But, it was not a dream. They did play in Guwahati. Thanks to Rocka Rolla Events, for inviting As I Lay Dying to perform at Fireball, the largest rock festival in North East India, on 12th January 2020. And that is how the New Year just got better.
On the night of 11th January 2020, I booked a pass for the concert, online. The price of the passes was INR 1500, and after adding a few other charges, it summed up to INR 1589. 
The event started at 4 PM, on 12th January 2020, at Greenwood Resort, Khanapara, Guwahati. From 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM, the Indian rock bands, Arogya, Reverse Tragedy, Rectified Spirit, and Inner Sanctum rocked the stage of Fireball.
It was at 9:00 PM, when As I Lay Dying took over the stage and set it on fire. Other than not having a crowd, the next most embarrassing thing in a rock concert would be a dead crowd. A huge crowd but dead is of no use for an artist on the stage. Thankfully, the crowd yesterday was a crazy one. There were huge 'circle pits', and there were men and women 'headbanging' until their neck had begun to hurt. Luckily, blogging does not require the involvement of a voice. If it was to be a 'vlog', it would not have been possible for me to do it today. After screaming, singing, and headbanging along with the band for more than an hour, I got my neck paining and the throat sore. But, it was worth it. The band played a few of their old songs like the Sound of Truth, Darkest Night, Nothing Left, etc, and the songs from their latest album, Shaped by Fire.
Here are two live videos of the concert, uploaded by official Facebook page of Fireball Guwahati:
  1. Darkest Night: https://www.facebook.com/fireballguwahati/videos/528864957722767/
  2. 94 Hours: https://www.facebook.com/fireballguwahati/videos/2211357992494003/
Music concerts are the places to lose yourself, and forget about everything else and enjoy the music. I like to enjoy and get myself involved in a music concert to the fullest. Hence, I do not keep myself indulged in mobile phones at a concert. Therefore, other than a few not-so-good photos that I have captured on my mobile phone's camera; I do not have any videos of the concert to share with you. I think most of you will agree to the fact that videos can ever truly do justice the experience gained during a live rock concert.
I do not know if I would ever have an another opportunity to witness As I Lay Dying live again, but the night yesterday will be in my memories forever. The event was a successful one, and nothing much to complain about. If I had to nitpick, I could complain about the sound system though. Although it was great, for some reason the sound of the guitars was not as clear. Also, it would have been awesome if I could catch one of the drum sticks that Jordan threw or one of the guitar-picks that Nick and Phil threw into the crowd.
As I Lay Dying at Fireball, Guwahati, India
As I Lay Dying at Fireball, Guwahati, India
As I Lay Dying at Fireball Guwahati, India
As I Lay Dying at Fireball Guwahati, India

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