#193 – Dido @Terminal 5, NYC – 19 Jun ’19

#193 – Dido @Terminal 5, NYC – 19 Jun ’19

“Let me face The sound and fury. Let me face Hurricanes.”   The general state of my life, when I attended this soul-touching concert by Dido in New York City while traveling for work. It has been a tough couple of years for me, something like a pre-mid-life-crisis (pre- just because I am sure the real thing has to be much worse than this). During this time I have questioned myself on what I really want from life, doubted myself…

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#108 – Joan Baez @Fox Theater, Oakland, CA – 7 Nov ’16

#108 – Joan Baez @Fox Theater, Oakland, CA – 7 Nov ’16

I knew that Joan Baez is somewhat of a legend, an icon, and still somehow had never got around to listening to a single song of hers until now. I am sure we all have such artists, that we hear of, read of, register in our minds, but just cannot cross that threshold of interest that will drive us to actually seek him/her out in cassettes/CDs before and Youtube or any of the streaming services now to understand what the…

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#107 – Norah Jones @Paramount Theater, Oakland, CA – 28 Oct ’16

#107 – Norah Jones @Paramount Theater, Oakland, CA – 28 Oct ’16

I would be lying if I say that I am a great Norah Jones fan! She is someone I got to know of as an artist who won a shit-load of Grammys AND has an Indian connection (daughter of Indian sitar maestro Ravi Shankar with American concert producer Sue Jones). So, with a lot of anticipation I dived into her acclaimed debut album Come Away with Me back in 2002-03 when I was 18-19 something and heavily into the Metallicas and Iron…

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#97 – Coldplay @Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA – 3 Sep ’16

#97 – Coldplay @Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA – 3 Sep ’16

Usually I do not book tickets for concerts that fall over any long weekend, as that is usually family time with vacation plans nearby or far. Trust me, I have been burnt before! But then this is Coldplay and I love them. And thankfully my wife does too! So when I got to know back in Feb that they will be touring this year there was no question about it and I booked 2 tickets without even checking with my wife…

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#96 – Radiohead @Outside Lands – San Francisco – 6 Aug ’16

#96 – Radiohead @Outside Lands – San Francisco – 6 Aug ’16

This is what I was really looking forward to after Radiohead’s soulfully satisfying performance at Madison Square Garden! And this was Outside Lands (OL) in San Francisco, needless to say, my hopes were “high”! But as it usually turns out, if its too good to be true, it usually is! This one I attended with some friends, and we wanted to explore the festival grounds a little before Radiohead started. We headed to one of the other stages (OL has seven) and this…

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#95 – Duran Duran + LCD Soundsystem @Outside Lands – San Francisco – 5 Aug ’16

#95 – Duran Duran + LCD Soundsystem @Outside Lands – San Francisco – 5 Aug ’16

2016 is the year Outside Lands got really really BIG! The people, the stalls, the environment, it was a different world, not sure if good or not, but definitely different. This was my 4th attendance and never had I seen so many people here, it was just crazy. It may have been due to Radiohead headlining Day 2 this year, but I suspect not. Outside Lands had come of age… Day 1 (Friday) was anyway just a bonus for me with…

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#94 – Radiohead @Madison Square Garden – New York – 27 Jul ’16

#94 – Radiohead @Madison Square Garden – New York – 27 Jul ’16

This is the one I had been waiting for with bated breath since the beginning of the year, almost afraid that I might die before living this! Working in New Jersey on a project afforded some unique opportunities to see some great artists at the self-proclaimed “Greatest Music Venue of the World”, the Madison Square Garden (MSG)! And though driving into Manhattan is not fun on weekdays especially after office hours but once you get there, always always worth it! And…

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#5 – Guns N’ Roses @House of Blues, Hollywood, CA – 12 Mar ’12

#5 – Guns N’ Roses @House of Blues, Hollywood, CA – 12 Mar ’12

When I finally landed in the US in Nov of 2011, I have to admit I did not have a freaking clue how drastically, how monumentally my life was going to change. Yes, getting an assignment of substantial period to the US is any Indian IT engineer’s dream and it was so for me as well. It was an opportunity to not just glimpse but to experience, be a part of a whole new world that I had grown up hearing about…

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#4 – George Michael @O2 World, Hamburg, Germany – 18 Oct ’11

#4 – George Michael @O2 World, Hamburg, Germany – 18 Oct ’11

It’s with a very heavy heart that I write this note as George Michael is no more, having died peacefully at his home on Christmas Day of 2016. I generally associate more to the music than the musician/artist but in this case his music was so soulful and sorrowful and heartfelt and it had such a great impact on me during my adolescent years that I could not help but feel for the person behind the voice. He must have…

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#1 – Iron Maiden @Palace Grounds, Bangalore, India – 17 Mar ’07

#1 – Iron Maiden @Palace Grounds, Bangalore, India – 17 Mar ’07

This is where it all started, my first concert at a time when attending concerts by international artists was unknown of, at least in the remote part of India called the Northeast that I am from. I had already grown into an avid music-lover by then, and especially of Western music, thanks to my dad! But back then even for someone so deeply immersed in it like me, music was still something you listen to by playing audio cassettes in…

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