Bacardi NH7 Weekender, the 'happiest music festival of India' gave music lovers all the reasons to fly high with happiness. Steve Vai performed for the first time in India. Yes, finally, after three visits to the country in the last 20-odd years. And, as we already know, the Grammy Award-winner will be back for a second gig at NH7 Weekender Pune in December. But Shillong, often termed the 'rock capital of India', had the honour of hosting the guitar legend on Day 2 of the 7th edition of the much-awaited music festival.
Vai had huge compliments to pay to the crowd. Calling NH7 Weekender really 'cool' (we know, right), Vai said he loves India a lot and every time he is here, he wants to break into a dance. Vai was joined by Queen guitarist Brian May, Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci and superstar rock guitarist Joe Satriani via video. Dreams do come true!
Australian musician Paul Dempsey of Something for Kate had something to say to his desi fans. Though he does love visiting India, Dempsey has issues when people think he is a hippie. Hold on, he has zero issues with hippies, in fact, he 'loves' them, but "he is tired of people telling him how at peace he is." He also said that his fellow countrymen come to India thinking they have "life figured out, only to be proved wrong by its culture and its people." Whoa!
Hindi rock band Faridkot had fans on their feet all through with their 'confused pop', while The Rudy Wallang Guitar Jamboree, a unique curated set by one of India's finest blues guitarist, Rudy Wallang, gave music lovers no reason to feel blue.
NH7 Weekender's tryst with the Northeast may be over for this year, but the memories made and music created will live on for times to come. We are sure 2018 is going to be bigger, better, and groovier. Hasta la vista, peeps!