Hoobastank set to rock Shillong

Shillong, June 28 (IANS) American rock band Hoobastank has arrived in Shillong promising a high voltage performance Saturday at the historic polo ground in what is arguably India's rock capital.

This is Hoobastank's maiden visit to India.

The four-member band, fronted by Doug Robb, has been actively touring to promote its last album "Fight or Flight" at shows organised by the United Service Organizations for American troops across the world, including Iraq.

"I always wanted to come to go to India but this show just happened all of a sudden and my first reaction was, 'Let's do this,'" Robb said

The band, accompanied by a three-member technical team, landed at Assam's Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport Thursday, from where they were taken to Rikynjai resort at Umiam, about 15 km from Meghalaya capital Shillong, following a non-stop journey from California.

"We (the band members) are aware of Shillong as the rock n roll part of India. It is indeed an experience to start their journey from the heart and soul of a part of India, which belongs to Rock," Roubb said.

Up to 8,000 music aficionados, lots of them metal maniacs, are expected to throng the fifth ground.

The police are not taking chances and have decided on four rings of security at the venue to avoid any security breach.

"We shall send back anybody smelling of alcohol. No one in an inebriated condition will be allowed entry," a police spokesman said.

Local musicians and fans are expecting a great show.

"We only want to see the dawn of Saturday (June 29 ) so that we can drive down to polo ground and listened to Hoobastank's live concert," Mathew Sohtun, a Hoobastank fan, said.

"We have only seen classic rock acts till now and this is a welcome change for all of us youngsters," Senti Longchar, a resident of Nagaland who will be travelling with her friends overnight by bus just to attend this show, said.

Hoobastank, which has had over 10 million copies sold worldwide, has a huge fan following in India and are coming "just" to Shillong as a part of TNT-The Northeast Today, Magazine's sixth anniversary celebrations.

Hoobastank fans not only from India's northeastern states are heading to Shillong, but fans as far from Mumbai have already booked the tickets for concert aptly titled "The reason is Shillong".

"We were initially quite disappointed that Hoobastank will not be playing in Mumbai but we have decided to fly and see them in Shillong than never get another chance," Mumbai-based web designer Satish Jain said.

The Northeast Today (TNT), the highest selling magazine in India's northeastern state, is headed by Pradyot Manikya Deb Burman who is also the head of the royal family of Tripura.

"Since TNT owes a lot to its readership for making it where it is today, the magazine thought that the celebration should be one big party for all of those who believed in us," Pradyot said.

Hoobastank has many hit to its credit namely "The reason", "First of me", "Crawling in the dark", "The letter", and "If only and Magnolia", (which is dedicated to Doug Roub's daughter) have ruled the billboard charts in recent years.

"The Crowd is excited and wants them to play mostly from their latest album Fight or Flight and we also hoped they goanna unveil few new tracks from their soon to be released album," Amar Rai, one of the organisers said.

Matches

MORE TOP STORIES TODAY

Kallis, Narine star in Knight Riders’ crushing win

Kallis, Narine star in Knight Riders’ crushing win

An all-round display saw Knight Riders thump Mumbai Indians by 41 runs in the IPL-7 opener. More »

Pietersen to miss Delhi's first game

Pietersen to miss Delhi's first game

The former England batsman will have to lead the franchise as he is out of the match against Bangalore with a finger injury. More »

Srinivasan named in fixing report: SC

Srinivasan named in fixing report: SC

The court emphasised that the tainted administrator can no longer work for the BCCI. More »

'If you do the wrong thing it will be found out'

'If you do the wrong thing it will be found out'

'Everyone knows what is right and what is wrong and if you do the wrong thing it will be found out' More »

Why I'm not looking forward to the IPL

Why I'm not looking forward to the IPL

Welcome to another season of a league that many watch but few trust. More »

Mitchell Johnson may quit T20s for Test cricket

Mitchell Johnson may quit T20s for Test cricket

Australia's Mitchell Johnson may quit limited-overs cricket to prolong his test career with an eye on the 2015 Ashes series in England, the fast bowler… More »

There's a lot going on: Fleming

There's a lot going on: Fleming

He experienced anxious moments in the lead-up to the tournament as the courts decided on whether to suspend the franchise, he said, but stressed that the… More »

Latif couldn’t work with tainted players

Latif couldn’t work with tainted players

Former Pakistan cricket captain Rashid Latif said Tuesday he turned down the job of national chief selector because he could not work with ex-players tainted… More »

We are not over-confident: Bailey

We are not over-confident: Bailey

Indian Premier League — George Bailey-led Kings XI Punjab will face Chennai Super Kings on Friday. More »

Taxing issue — BCCI hits roadblock

Taxing issue — BCCI hits roadblock

MoU between BCCI & its units to avoid double taxation delayed after a few decline to share details. More »

Big runs expected, with bat and ball

Big runs expected, with bat and ball

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Their main concern, once again, is the fast bowling More »

Black Caps pick rookie duo for West Indies

Black Caps pick rookie duo for West Indies

New Zealand selectors included two new caps in a 15-man Test squad named Tuesday to tour the West Indies, with injury-hit spinner Dan Vettori's future… More »

The stage is set for IPL-7 to start

The stage is set for IPL-7 to start

The Preview — Defending champions Mumbai Indians take on Kolkata Knight Riders More »

Srinivasan appeals to court to allow BCCI comeback

Srinivasan appeals to court to allow BCCI comeback

He was aggrieved by the allegations against him during the hearing. More »

Klinger on his exit from South Australia

Klinger on his exit from South Australia

Michael Klinger has revealed he felt compelled to leave South Australia after being told he would be only a fringe part of the Redbacks' plans for next season, and disputed the suggestion that he left… More »

India: cricket's Brazil

India: cricket's Brazil

They are tough to beat with a big talent base exposed to good facilities. (CYCSPL) More »

Delhi Daredevils say no to gifts

Delhi Daredevils say no to gifts

Franchises are doing their bit to refurbish the image of the tainted league. More »

India-Pakistan Test series likely in 2015

India-Pakistan Test series likely in 2015

The revival of Indo-Pak Test ties could take place in UAE. More »

Kohli hopes to end RCB trophy drought

Kohli hopes to end RCB trophy drought

'This time around we will hope to go few more steps ahead and actually get that trophy' More »

Gavaskar can help IPL regain glory

Gavaskar can help IPL regain glory

Apart from the foreign players a lot of behind-the-scene activity has taken place in selecting the Indian domestic players. More »

Tendulkar, Ganguly to promote soccer

Tendulkar, Ganguly to promote soccer

Leading Spanish club Atletico Madrid and former cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly are among the owners of eight franchises of a new Indian… More »

This isn’t my first trip to India: Neesham

This isn’t my first trip to India: Neesham

Kiwi all-rounder wants to utilise the India leg to explore the country’s tourist attractions. More »

Ishant wanted to quit ODIs

Ishant wanted to quit ODIs

Says his mother made him change his mind. More »