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White Lion roar into fans’ hearts

(Top) White Lion performing live on stage at DDSC Stadium Tuesday night. (Bottom) Fans swaying to the music of the American/Danish glam metal band. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, DEC 16 (NPN):
Published on 17 Dec. 2008 1:24 AM IST
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Billed as the “greatest concert” and the first-ever performance by a renowned international rock band in Nagaland, White Lion finally roared their way into the hearts of thousands of music fans here at DDSC Stadium, Tuesday night. From the moment the five blonde-manned rockers pounced on the stage with an instrumental piece till their exit with the parting plaintive “Farewell to you”, the interim was two hours of sheer, energetic and pulsating music that captivated the hearts of young and old alike witnessing the gig. White Lion belted out hits after hits including “cry for freedom.” “Till death do us part,” “We’ll Rock you,” “When the Children Cry” and “Dream,” the last song dedicated to children of the School for Deaf, Naharbari, they visited yesterday. “You’re all I need” was, perhaps, the tightest act of the night while “Thousand years ago” was very mosh-friendly. The band also moved onto the contemporary solo “Lady of the valley,” which left the audience spell bound. And unlike the usual “rowdy” crowd familiar in every concert in Dimapur, the vibration from the audience this time was positive as they directed their energy to swaying and singing along with their hitherto poster heroes, thanks to the cajoling of the compere Rozelle Mero before the show. The tribute paid by the band’s frontman Mike Tramp said it all; “Best audience we have played so far.” The band’s frontman Mike Tramp displayed his agility and belied his age by prancing up and down the cage-like stage even as his companions Jamie Law (guitars), Troy Patrick Farrell (drums), Claus Langeskov (bass) and Henning Wanner (keyboards), too exhibited their individual histrionics and endeared them to the audience. The concert timed at 2.30 p.m started way behind schedule. However, the interlude was more than compensated by two local rock bands XTC and Native Rising, who played some of their original songs, which went down well with the audience. The show in Dimapur was organized by Finishing Touches, an event management group, in collaboration with The Northeast Today, with Reliance Mobile as title sponsor and the Nagaland Post as media partner.

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