ANNIVERSARIES

! Boz Burrell (Bad Company) 1-Aug ! Chuck D (Public Enemy) 1-Aug ! Coolio 1-Aug! Joe Elliot (Def Leppard) 1-Aug! Robert Cray (1953) 1-Aug! Tiger Varadachariar 1-Aug! Prema Hariharan (Chennai) 2-Aug ! Sushama Reddy 2-Aug! Zelma Davis (C+C Music Factory) 2-Aug! Chhannulal Mishra 3-Aug! James Hetfield (Metallica) 3-Aug! Tony Bennett (1926) 3-Aug! Sharon Prabhakar 4-Aug! Vellore Ramabhadran 4-Aug! Vishal Bhardwaj 4-Aug! Ganesh Jain 5-Aug! Kumbakonam Rajamanickam Pillai 5-Aug! Pat Smear (formerly of Foo Fighters) 5-Aug! Aditya Narayan 6-Aug! Cyrus Sahukar 6-Aug! Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice of Spice Girls) 6-Aug! Bruce Dickenson (Iron Maiden) 7-Aug! Cyrus Broacha 7-Aug! Suresh Wadkar 7-Aug! JC Chasez ('N Sync) 8-Aug! Raza Ali Khan 8-Aug! Shawn Mendes 8-Aug! Asgari Bai 9-Aug ! Sawan Kumar Tak 9-Aug! Sulkshana Pandit 9-Aug! Trichur V.Ramachandran (Chennai) 9-Aug! Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) 10-Aug! Ustad Alladiya Khan 10-Aug! Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande 10-Aug! Ramashreya Jha 11-Aug! T.H.Vinayakram 11-Aug! V. Doreswamy Iyengar 11-Aug! Kid Creole 12-Aug! Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) 12-Aug! Pat Metheny 12-Aug! Nalin Shah 13-Aug! T.K.Murthy 13-Aug! Dash Crofts (Seals & Crofts) 14-Aug! David Crosby (Crosby, Stills & Nash) 14-Aug! Manohar Iyer 14-Aug! Michael Graham (Boyzone) 14-Aug! Sunidhi Chauhan 14-Aug! Amir Khan 15-Aug! Bharati Pradhan 15-Aug! Pandit Prasun Banerjee 15-Aug! Prof. T.Viswanathan 15-Aug! R.Durga Prasad 15-Aug! Srimushnam V.Raja Rao 15-Aug! Emily Erwin (Dixie Chicks) 16-Aug! Hemlata16-Aug! Kishan Bhutani 16-Aug! Madonna 16-Aug! Poochi Srinivasa Iyengar 16-Aug! Belinda Carlisle 17-Aug! Donnie Wahlberg (New Kids On The Block) 17-Aug! Daler Mehndi 18-Aug! Dennis Elliot (Foreigner) 18-Aug! Gulzar 18-Aug! Jon Higgins 18-Aug! Pt. Vishnu Digambar Paluskar 18-Aug! T.S.Balakrishna Sastrigal 18-Aug! Abdul Rashid Khan 19-Aug! Ginger Baker (Cream) 19-Aug! Ian Gillan (Deep Purple) 19-Aug! John Deacon (Queen) 19-Aug! Ken Gosh 19-Aug! Demi Lovato 20-Aug! Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit) 20-Aug! Naresh(Mahesh Brother) 20-Aug! Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) 20-Aug! Uday Tara Nayar 20-Aug! Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple) 21-Aug! Kenny Rogers 21-Aug! Liam Howlett (Prodigy) 21-Aug! Melissa Schuman (Dream) 21-Aug! Sriram Brahmanandam 21-Aug! Howie Dorough (Backstreet Boys) 22-Aug! James DeBarge (DeBarge) 22-Aug! Paul Douchette (Matchbox 20) 22-Aug! Roland Orzabal (Tears For Fears) 22-Aug! Tori Amos 22-Aug! Dean DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots) 23-Aug! SkyBlu (LMFAO) 23-Aug! Basavaraj Rajguru 24-Aug! Billy Ray Cyrus 25-Aug! DJ Terminator X (Public Enemy)25-Aug! Elvis Costello 25-Aug! Gene Simmons 25-Aug! Rekha Chinniprakash 25-Aug! Rob Halford (Judas Priest) 25-Aug! Vivian Campbell (Def Leppard) 25-Aug! Adrian Young (No Doubt) 26-Aug! M.S.Anantaraman 26-Aug! Shirley Manson (Garbage) 26-Aug! Rajarathnam Pillai 27-Aug! Shania Twain 27-Aug! Tony Kanal (No Doubt) 27-Aug! Voletti Venkateswarulu 27-Aug! Chris Copping (Procol Harum) 29-Aug! Kyle Cook (Matchbox 20) 29-Aug! Micky Moody (Whitesnake) 30-Aug! Debbie Gibson 31-Aug! Rudolf Schenker (Scorpions) 31-Aug! Barry Gibb (Bee Gees) 1-Sep ! Bhupen Hazarika 1-Sep ! Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatha 1-Sep ! Gloria Estefan 1-Sep ! Fritz McIntyre (Simply Red) 2-Sep ! Khalid Ansari 3-Sep ! Meenakshisundaram Pillai 3-Sep ! Pyarelal (Laxmikant) 3-Sep ! Rajab Ali Khan 3-Sep ! Redfoo (LMFAO) 3-Sep ! Aadesh Shrivastav 4-Sep ! Beyoncé Knowles 4-Sep ! Kim Thayil Soundgarden) 4-Sep ! Sagarika 4-Sep ! Vinayak Torvi 4-Sep ! Ayaan Ali Bangash 5-Sep ! Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine) 5-Sep ! Terry Ellis (En Vogue) 5-Sep ! Dolores O'Riordan (The Cranberries) 6-Sep ! Nina Persson (The Cardigans) 6-Sep ! Rajeswari Padmanabhan 6-Sep ! Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) 6-Sep ! Rukmani Ramani 6-Sep ! Sikkil Neela 6-Sep ! Sushma Shreshta(Poornima) 6-Sep ! Bhavna Somaiya 7-Sep ! Gloria Gaynor 7-Sep ! Asha Bhosle 8-Sep ! Avicii 8-Sep ! David Steele (Fine Young Cannibals) 8-Sep ! Laxmi Ganesh Tewari 8-Sep ! Pink 8-Sep ! Vidyadhar Vyas 8-Sep ! Wiz Khalifa 8-Sep ! Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) 9-Sep ! Macy Gray 9-Sep ! Michael Buble 9-Sep ! Joe Perry (Aerosmith) 10-Sep ! Jose Feliciano 10-Sep ! Matthew Followill (Kings Of Leon) 10-Sep ! N.Sashikiran 10-Sep ! Ramanathapuram (Poochi) 10-Sep ! Salim Akhtar 10-Sep ! Sumati Mutatkar 10-Sep ! Vinay (Nikihil) 10-Sep ! Brad Fischetti (LFO) 11-Sep ! Harry Connick, Jr. 11-Sep ! Jon Buckland (Coldplay) 11-Sep ! Jon Moss (Culture Club) 11-Sep ! Ludacris 11-Sep ! Moby 11-Sep ! Tommy Shaw (STYX) 11-Sep ! Durga Jasraj 12-Sep ! Jennifer Hudson 12-Sep ! Liam Gallagher (Oasis) 12-Sep ! Papa Venkataramiah 12-Sep ! Vinod Rathod 12-Sep ! Dave Mustaine (Megadeth) 13-Sep! Mohanrao Palekar 13-Sep ! Prabha Atre 13-Sep ! Steve Perkins (Jane's Addiction) 13-Sep ! Sunita Rao 14-Sep ! Veena Sahasrabuddhe 14-Sep ! Maharajapuram Vishwanatha Iyer 15-Sep ! Mitch Dorge (Crash Test Dummies) 15-Sep ! T.N.Seshagopalan 15-Sep ! Marc Anthony 16-Sep ! Nick Jonas 16-Sep ! Ram Laxman 16-Sep ! Richard Marx 16-Sep ! Wamanrao Sadolikar 16-Sep ! Aditya Paudwal 17-Sep ! Lalgudi G.Jayaraman 17-Sep ! Balwantrai Bhatt 19-Sep ! Chuck Panozzo (STYX) 20-Sep ! David Silveria (Korn) 21-Sep ! Don Felder (Eagles) 21-Sep ! Faith Hill 21-Sep ! Jason Derulo 21-Sep ! Sunny M.R. 21-Sep ! David Coverdale (Whitesnake) 22-Sep ! Joan Jett 22-Sep ! Bruce Springsteen 23-Sep ! Emani Sankara Sastri 23-Sep ! Julio Iglesias 23-Sep ! Imran Merchant 25-Sep ! Will Smith 25-Sep ! Cindy Herron (En Vogue) 26-Sep ! Olivia Newton-John 26-Sep ! Papanasam Sivan 26-Sep ! Shawn Stockman (Boyz II Men) 26-Sep ! Avril Lavigne 27-Sep ! Lil Wayne 27-Sep ! Mark Calderon (Color Me Badd) 27-Sep ! Meatloaf 27-Sep ! Pinky (Preety-Pinky) 27-Sep ! Durai Swaminathan 28-Sep ! Hilary Duff 28-Sep ! Jennifer Rush 28-Sep ! Lata Mangeshkar 28-Sep ! Les Claypool (Primus) 28-Sep ! Jerry Lee Lewis 29-Sep ! Robby Takac (Goo Goo Dolls) 30-Sep

India's Music Quiz man.

Late last year music journalist and author Verus Ferreira released his second book The Great Rock Music Quiz Book with Bollywood composer Lesle Lewis giving his stamp of approval. The book that takes you into the green room of 16 bands.It is now available in the overseas market  on www.amazon.com.

In a short interview we chat up with Verus Ferreira  to know more about his book.

What was it like giving this kind of quiz book direction?

I can tell you didn't want it to be too difficult and neither too easy. There’s a lot to talk about in the book. Music lovers can enhance their knowledge of music as it happened… age to age, through the 16 chapters all well-documented, including musicians who’ve departed and left a deep impact on us (In Memory of). The questions are not too difficult, and if you have followed these bands on a regular basis, it would be an easy trip. There are song lyrics to complete, questions on famous album covers, trivia on when bands performed in India, so it’s not too difficult, though I have added a few difficult questions in a few chapters. It could be that when you read a question, it might be on the tip of your tongue, but you really can’t remember the answer, so it all boils down to a bit of enhancing your knowledge about rock bands. You can also lay myths and facts about music and artistes at rest. There is also a chapter on Quotes from the Rockers, very light hearted and something to reflect on. Then you also have Code of Conduct that tells you how to dress and how to behave at an open air concert or at an auditorium. We also take a look at the funny side of music artists in the last chapter that makes a Mickey of the artists featured in the book.

 In terms of research, how long did it take you to compile the entire book? 

After I had done my first book ‘The Great Music Quiz Book’ in 2013, I immersed myself in promoting it. I got a lot of feedback with many who liked it, asking me when the next book would be released. I thought about is seriously and some later went back to my book file and found that there were many questions and answers that didn’t make it to the first book and those were mainly in the rock genre. There were over 40 – 50 of them. It was then that I thought of bringing out a book on rock music. This was sometime in mid 2015. I collated the list of my favourite rock artists and believe me the list was endless. From over 35 – 40 bands, I had to shortlist it to 16 of my all time favourites. I began work in earnest and by early 2016 I began the work of collating the Q & As, getting the images and other such details. I sourced out material from the music albums, DVDs, LP records and music books of the bands in my collection. Most of the information in the book is from all these sources. I also put down the little I knew on these artists and added whatever I knew to make the book what I feel it should have. I have checked and cross checked facts before I used it and so the book is up to date. I completed the book in April 2017 and approached Story Mirror, who liked the concept and decided to sign me on and publish my book. All this took me around two years to complete, conceptualising the book to publishing it with Story Mirror in December 2017.

 

- Were the artists you took up to include as chapters essentially ones you have followed and had a deep knowledge about? Or was the choice of artists more dictated by what was popular? 

All the bands featured here are my favourites. The Scorpions, Guns N’ Roses, Queen and of course Pink Floyd the toppers. All the bands featured in the book were bands I grew up listening to and followed closely. Infact I interviewed all the members of Iron Maiden when they visited Mumbai and performed here in 2008. Similarly I also attended the concerts of artists like The Scorpions, Roger Waters, Guns N’ Roses, Gilby Clarke, Coldplay. Infact the cover picture of Slash was shot by me at his concert in Mumbai in 2015.

In the case of some newer artists, did you feel like you had to explore their history on a different level and learned something new about them through the process of compiling the questions? 

The only new artist among the grand daddies of rock is Coldplay. While I was working on the book, I got to know that Coldplay was part of a mega event Global Citizen which was to be held in November 2016. I love Coldplay and knew that they are one of the world’s biggest bands. I didn’t know much about them, except of course their catchy songs and colourful music videos. I did a bit of research on the band and managed to make a whole chapter on the band. I decided to feature them, targeting the newer EDM generation of fans who would pick up the book to know more about Coldplay and in turn also get to know the grand daddies of rock music that they probably missed out and which I am sure they might have been heard down the years. I also attended the Global Citizen event and the final act was Coldplay. I shot a couple of pictures that found their way in the book, including a rare image with AR Rehman and Chris Martin. The book also has a chapter on Open Secret – a Gospel band. How does it fit in the book? Well years ago, a friend of mine was holding a one hour presentation called Rock and Ruin, that showcased the bad side of rock music, from backward masking, to lyrics in rock songs and the visuals shown in music videos. I was the first to interview him for a magazine and believe it or not, three other publications took the story. He also later gave me the entire presentation in audio and video. This was way back in the mid 90s. The response was very good. In my book I offer readers a chance to listen to gospel music. I am not suggesting that you need to stop listening to rock music, I still listen to rock music, but I am offering you a choice to listen to the same rock music, with only the lyrics that speak on the glory of God.

Obviously being a quizmaster has its peeves - I imagine some people think you're just showing off your knowledge if you're trying to bring up interesting facts and stories about a particular artist? 

Not at all. I am only sharing the knowledge I have gained over the last 26 years with rock music lovers who like the same music as I do. Instead of looking up a Wikipedia and learning about the band, in this book I offer you the same thing, but in a question and answer format where you will learn about the band in an interesting and fun way, where you can also test your knowledge of songs with your friends, by probably singing a line from the book and asking your friends to name the song. Isn’t that interesting? As for me, I not only learned more about each artist, things that I never knew, but I am also enhancing the knowledge of the reader to get to know his favourite artist/s much better and in an interactive way.

 Was there any particular artist you had a lot of fun researching when you compiled their particular chapter of questions in the book? 

Guns N’ Roses, The Scorpions and The Rolling Stones were the most entertaining for me, with the latter having some really quirky songs and album covers. The Scorpions have some really obscene album covers that never really made it to the shelves, one of which I have used in the book.

What do you think is the appeal of the book in the age of online quizzes and instant information?
I am not competing with online quizzes and neither are they my competitors. They are in a different format. The millennials would prefer participating in a quiz where they meet face to face, unlike an online quiz. It’s like reality shows, they happen in real time and not online. There is a certain charm when quiz contests were held in schools and on TV back in the nineties, the competitive team spirit, the points grading system and the prizes were a major
attraction. It is still widely prevalent and loved even today in many schools and colleges and even in corporate houses to break the ice with staff. It also makes for a perfect gift, at a very reasonable price. Can you gift an online quiz? Imagine just chilling out with friends over a beer, listening to your favourite band, taking the book in your hand and bombarding your friends with questions on the antics of Pink Floyd, the lyrics of Eagles, or the escapades of Mick Jagger. Online quizzes definitely do not give you such a thrill.

Published by: Story Mirror. Pages: 204. Price: Rs 225/-


 

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Venues

Hard Rock Cafe1

Located in a former mill, the Mumbai outpost of the US chain of resto-bars has a mixed reputation among the city's musicians. In the first couple of years after opening, in 2006, indie rock acts were often asked to include a stipulated number of cover songs in their set lists. These days, Hard Rock Café, which hosts gigs every Tuesday and Thursday night, sticks mostly to cover bands, with a couple of dates a month spared for indie groups. Skip these gigs, and come here only for the ticketed events, when one of the seating areas is cleared to make room for a larger stage, for performances by Indian indie icons (folk-fusion veterans Indian Ocean, electro-rock superstars Pentagram), international chart toppers (Wyclef Jean, Jay Sean) or club-packing DJs (Bob Sinclair, Paul van Dyk). Be warned, though: the waiters break into a synchronised jig every time the Village People's "YMCA" comes on.


Bombay Dyeing Mill Compound, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli, + 91 22 2438 2888, Hardrockindiablog.com. Open daily noon-1.30am. Performance times and entrance fees vary