Shillong ready for Scorpions concert

Shillong ready for Scorpions concert

Shillong: Music afficionados have started arriving here in the capital of Meghalaya from various parts of the country for the much-awaited concert of Scorpions slated for 12 December.

The German band would be performing here as part of its ‘Humanity world tour’ and kick off their world campaign in the sylvan surroundings, followed by shows in Bangalore and Mumbai.

Organisers E-18 say the event, expected to budget over Rs1 crore, could surpass the MLTR concert held here few years back, and the October show of Brazilian band Sepultura and Eric Martin of ‘Mr BIG´.

Dubbed by the organisers as the ‘monster rock show’, the show would witness a mind-boggling 200 psychedelic moving lights, powered by 1.5 lakh watts and giant screens with a whopping Rs23,00000 spent to ferry the backline music equipment to the hills, Operations manager of E-18, Rohinton Poonawa said.

“The instruments were ferried from Germany to Shillong and the whole exercise took almost a month," Poonawa said.

As Shillongiites, as well as people in other parts, wait for the crooners of ‘Wind of Change’, ‘When the Smoke is Going Down’, ‘Still Loving You’ and ‘Rock You Like a Hurricane’, security forces are a harried lot taking no chances. Entry to the venue will have four rings and visitors will have to be frisked, organisers said.

Sounding trifle amazed over the extent of enthusiasm, a representative of the band Micfroiling said cost of setting up a stage for a rock show is comparatively high in India than in Europe and North America. “But it is worth it," he added.