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Megadeth to play MTV Xtreme in Delhi this February

… and if your perfect Sunday involves rock music and adventure sports, you should probably go. Scratch that, it’s Megadeth. Just go.

28 Jan, 2014

Abhimanyu Meer


Los Angeles area thrash gods Megadeth are coming back to India. Last seen here headlining the Bacardi NH7 Weekender in Delhi in 2012 (report), they’ll be back in the country to play MTV Xtreme a week and a half from today, and have replaced original headliners Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington who pulled out of the show a few days ago (see below). No doubt a welcome replacement on the top of the bill, fans of Dave Mustaine and co. will likely flock to the capital next weekend in order to catch one of the pioneers of thrash take stage at this first-of-its-kind festival in India. Supporting bands on the lineup remain the same. Stay tuned to NH7.in for more updates as we hear them. Below, Megadeth’s official Twitter confirming their upcoming show in Delhi.

UPDATE (January 29, 2014): Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington have reportedly cancelled all their upcoming shows. A statement confirms them dropping out of the Soundwaves Festival in Australia, where they were scheduled to perform alongside Green Day, Avenged Sevenfold, Megadeth and more. This is from the Sydney Morning Herald (source):

A statement issued by Soundwave late this afternoon said the American heavy rock band ‘‘regretfully cancel all upcoming shows’’, before adding: ‘‘The recording of the new album has now gone beyond schedule and sadly the availability of the recording studio, engineers and the producer or lack thereof dictates that the band have had to cancel their upcoming engagements.’’

We’re yet to hear from Viacom, organisers of MTV Extreme later this month about whether the band will play their India date or whether MTV Extreme will go on as scheduled. Stay tuned for more as we know it.

In early 2013, San Diego alternative rock/post-grunge act Stone Temple Pilots fired lead singer Scott Weiland after about two decades touring and recording with the band. And since May of last year, STP have been performing as Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington. Chester Bennington. Read it again. Chester Bennington. Of Linkin Park. He does stuff like this. What’s wrong here? To me, not much really. I watched STP with Chester Bennington on YouTube yesterday, an entire Hard Rock Live performance. And because of Bennington’s versatility as a vocalist, the STP songs we’ve come to like weren’t too off the mark. Sure, it isn’t Scott Weiland and you miss out on “that” voice, Weiland’s OTT frontman personality throughout the performance (an STP highlight), but it was a pretty decent 90-minute show to watch. The band’s even released an EP with their new vocalist, the not-so-critically-lauded High Rise EP (listen).

It’s fair to say India loves its alternative and hard rock. The bum rush and hype surrounding Limp Bizkit last year (didn’t materialise) and Korn in 2012 (did) came as no surprise, and fans of ‘90s rock music have already lit a tiny fire under the Internet’s ass since an announcement a few days ago of Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington doing a show in India. The band will play at MTV Xtreme in Delhi – which is being touted as “India’s first rock music and adventure sports festival”, and will be supported by Providence, Parikrama, Blakc, Indus Creed and Pentagram, closing out a rather powerful rock music lineup.

Repping the adventure sports bit of MTV Xtreme (as of now), are Parkour and freerunning athlete Ryan Doyle and stunt legend Mattie Griffin, both masters in their fields of sport. Doyle, a founding athlete of the World Freerunning and Parkour Federation featured in one of 2013’s finest Parkour videos (watch here) and stars in his own Red Bull’s adventure sports documentary series known as the Ryan Doyle Travel Story (watch his ‘Freerunning in India’ episode here). Mattie Griffin’s a legend in street and stunt biking circles, a recent BMW Motorrad sponsored rider, and does insane shit like this.

MTV Extreme marks another festival-scale event in the early 2014 Indian concert calendar (Storm Festival and Ragasthan are this month too), and will no doubt be a massive day of good old rock music and adventure sports, for “the first time” India, need we remind you.

MTV Extreme will take place at the Buddh International Circuit up in Greater Noida on Sunday, February 16, 2014. Tickets to the show are competitively priced, with students paying only Rs 950, General Admission at Rs 1,500 and VIP at Rs 3,500. Buy them here. And while you’re waiting, do what I did yesterday, bust out the Vasoline (just kidding) and watch this 90-minute Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington performance from last year.

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