The Times Of India, a paper I read almost daily online (a habit I picked up after a trip there some years back), Delhi-based band Guillotine has been chosen as the support act — along with Scottish band Biffy Clyro — for Metallica’s first-ever concert in India, which takes place this coming Friday, October 28, in Gurgaon.

Guillotine was selected by a jury as part of a contest run by Talenthouse India for F1 Rocks in Mumbai Monday night after a month-long search.

The band’s lead vocalist Karan Nambiar told The Times Of India, “We are speechless. It has not sunk in yet. I don’t know about the other members, but I’ll certainly cry on stage, I think.”

That’s cool. Actually, dude…I know it’s a big break and all, but crying ain’t rock and roll, dude.

“We usually play death metal mixed with jazz, funk, blues and electronics, and that’s what we’ll play at the concert too,” Nambiar said. “It’ll be our creations. We usually pick up social issues through our songs and we’ll try and do the same here. It’s our crowd, and we want to ensure they have a good time.”

Arun Mehra, CEO of Talenthouse India, said, that “It was very difficult to choose eight bands from over 250 that had participated. It took over a week to freeze on the eight finalists from the shortlisted 25.”

I wish I could be there for that show. Maybe the band could fly me out there to cover it for all of the American outlets — wink, wink.

I love India. I would do anything to go back and have a Marinda and some kati rolls.

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