“Backstreet Boys to headline Rock in India ’10”: The National WTF Moment

You know, once in a while, you come across things that make you laugh. They are called jokes. And then once in a while you come across headlines that go like the one in the title of this post. These make you laugh too. But they are not jokes. They are facts. And you know something else? There is nothing you can do about it. So let me put this in some perspective before I say anything else.

Rock in India started off in 2008 as the first ever Rock FESTIVAL in India and obviously, it was held in Bangalore, which is pretty much where most of the rock concerts take place. About 8 Indian rock bands played and the event was headlined by Megadeth and Machinehead– you know those legendary thrash metal bands? Rock in India ’09 was headlined by Iron Maiden and featured a host of other international rock bands. I went to both of them and they were awesome! Headbanging took a whole new meaning during those 2 concerts! Rock in India became the biggest rock event in India in the entire year. It gave every rock fan and every metal head something to look forward to every year.

And then this happens. Rock in India 2010 to  be headlined by Backstreet Boys! Apart from the necessary, spontaneous and inevitable reaction involving the phrase WTF, one sometimes wonders if this is some kind of a prank. Come to think of it, this is definitely one prank that any sane person would be happy to be victim to. You know why? Coz the contrary is simply insane. But that is what it is. Face it gentlemen, (and a handful of ladies) the lamest, gayest, most retarded boy band of all times is going to take over from the likes of Megadeth and Iron Maiden and is going to Headline “Rock In India” and Richard Marx is also going to be playing.  Umm….just one question. Exactly where the fuck is the ROCK part in all of this??!??

I mean seriously, HOW on earth is this possible? From what perspective is this expected to make any sense whatsoever? Ok now before I spell out any more profanities, let me make it clear. I believe every one has a right to their own taste in music. Hell, even I, who am a proud rock and metal fan, started listening to English music with the Backstreet Boys! (And fortunately moved on to better stuff soon). But getting BSB to friggin headline a ROCK Festival?? Surely, somewhere something went horribly wrong!

Apparently, the organizers are justifying their headlining act choice by saying this: “There has been a long- standing request from many music fans to our website that they would like to see mainstream music and also classic rock….” and “….rock in India is a “music” festival and the headliners have already been announced. Rock ‘n India does not mean the “genre” rock only. Being a fan you have right to an opinion. Being a promoter no artist is big or small to us. All artists are respected equally and not looked down upon just because they are a pop artist! We respect their music!” (The 2nd quote is from wiki which doesnt have a citation. So not sure)

And the above statement from someone whose official website for Rock in India states the following:

“Let it suffice to say that here: it is rock for the people, by the people and of the people.The soul of rock is contained within every individual in this generation of head banging and guitar breaking. So go ahead, make some noise and let your voice be heard. If music is religion, then these bands are the gods. Rock ‘N India being the temple of music, gives a chance for every god of music to be worshipped by its followers.”

Did you read it carefully? The organizer admits himself that he is getting a POP artist! And still he doesnt see the irony of the situation! If you wanted to get BSB, why couldnt you get them to have their own independent show? You wanna make money by staging them? Fine go ahead! I am sure there are still loads of people who are stuck at the BSB phase in their music tastes. But then why the fuck should you get them to headline a goddamn ROCK Festival? That too when previous headlining acts have been gods such as Maiden and Megadeth? If DNA wants to go commercial, so be it. But why ruin every rock fan’s dreams and month long expectations by getting a well recognized POP band to headline a ROCK Festival?

You know what this is? This is an insult to Bangalore and to all the proud Bangalore rock and metal fans. Come to think of it, this is an insult to rock fans all over India. This is an insult to the very idea of ROCK. This is an insult to Megadeth and Machinehead. This is an insult to Iron Maiden. Imagine Mustaine and Dickinson realizing that they had headlined a festival which was to be later headlined by BSB! This is also an insult to all the local Rock bands who had seen Rock in India as a great platform to promote themselves to all rock enthusiasts. I mean, can you imagine bands like Slain, Kryptos or other hard metal bands opening for BSB? Imagine the crowd they would be playing to. Would they even want to promote themselves to that crowd?

To all you Indian and specifically Bangalore Rock bands: You guys are great rockers man! Don’t spoil your image by performing in Rock in India ’10 opening to Backstreet Boys and Richard Marx. Even if you paid to perform, please realize that you are only putting your image up for sale! Every single rock fan in this country will remember you as part of the band which opened for Backstreet Boys.

And of course, there is this whole other issue with the actual Backstreet Boys fans having an open argument with the metalheads and other rock fans in public forums. It made for an awesome read though. The metal head, rightly pissed off, puts very appropriate comments about how BSB are a pop act and are not eligible to headline a rock festival (Of course you have to throw in a lot of f-words to actually get the tone of the comment). In fact, I think I will put up some of the awesome comments:

“This is so cool. BSB is touring India. I cant believe this. We deserve this. India is a place where people see rock on movies like “ROCK ON”. Guys do head bannging on listening to these shitty crap and say this is rock. This is so metal!!!. F***in son of w****s… “Rock n roll soniye” is the coolest rock song we have ever heard….”–Deathhead

Dude, you got it spot on man! Fully agree…

“The greatest WTF moment of the year, and an insult to Iron Maiden, Megadeth and Machinehead fans. You can’t get BSB under the same banner. This is like portraying Hitler as the champion of human rights.”— DB

Perfect analogy I have to say..

“after 80’s hair metal, its time for some 90’s pubic-hair pop!” —Blackmore (so he calls himself)

“HELL YEAH!!!! BSB – I suggest all dudes attending gonna wear makeup and chop off their d***s before getting their gay asses stuffed at the backstage afterparty!” —Buster

“I love the backstreet boys. They are so Metal that even Lamb of God prays to them. Chris Adler bows down to Nick (I have no idea whether thats his name). Bringing BSB to Rock n’ India is the most awesomest decision anyone can take…….” —- OLDMONKMGM

I say Sarcasm Win!

Ok enough done with the comments against BSB and the potential concert attendees. Now lets hear something from the other side here. The arguments provided by the staunch BSB supporters vary from justifying them to be a rock band to celebrating BSB’s success commercially. Here, lets take a look at some of the comments:

“this is THE shit! bsb rocks…it’s gonna be one hell of a show…it’s high time we had acts like bsb/boyzone/5ive touring india! kudos dna…looking forward for this one! i love rock music…and bsb is my favourite band, along with th names mentioned above…i thought iron maiden orchestra would make a re-run…good to know that there will be less noise this time around, ‘cos I WANT IT THAT WAY!”

“oh come on guys…backstreet boys rock! i will not call them a heavy metal band, but for sure a rockin’ group! their music might not be as heavy as bryan adams, but then quit playing games was one of the best rock anthem ever heard. let’s all hold hands and band our heads as they sing those words!”  —-both comments by a guy who calls himself ROCK LOVER

Gentlemen, let it be known that it was exactly after reading the above comments, that I had to make a sincere effort not to commit suicide. I mean..where do I start? “I love rock music and bsb is my fav band..”, “Iron Maiden Orchestra”, “quit playin games was one of the best rock anthems…”. Gentlemen, let it also be known that my search for the biggest retarded and lamest douchebag on this planet has ended.

“i love love love love love love love love love BSB!!!!!!! dey rok ! i just luv their songs” —Akanksha

Ok I think I am going to puke just looking at “dey rok”.

“bsb is the greatest band on earth aftr beatles.they r only the 2nd band 2 hav their 1st 7 albums debutin within 10.n they r only 2nd band aftr beatles 2 hav sold first 2 album with sales abuv 30 million each.even ur present rock bands cant sell even one album havin sales abuv 30 million….” —- Arij

“BSB is a pop/rock band.They are guiness record holders, sho have sold over 130 million albums!its not a joke man.how many albums have megadeth sold? they sing contemporary rock, piano rock, power ballads, they are great singers.All you people who dont know that they are also a rock band, please update yourselfs, moron, they rock, they are the best.their debue rock album “NEVER GONE”, released in 2005, was 3rd in billboard list i 2005, 11th in uk, 1st in japan, 1st in australia,1st in taiwan,3rd in europe. songs like “Incomplete”,”i still”, “Just want you to know”,”Crawling back to you”, are worldwide hits, and they also got bilboard awards for this. All those people who said they are bad, all of them are a disgrace to India, let us embrace THE BACKSTREET BOYS, who have revolutionised music. Have some respect for their accomplishments, 7 GRAMMY NOMINATIONS AREN’T a joke!, only BEATLES HAVE SOLD MORE ALBUMS THAN BSB not even GREENDAY…..” —- Ridam

Ok lets see some hard facts. YES BSB have sold more than 130 million albums. Yes Megadeth or Maiden hasnt sold more than them. YES they have many  #1 songs all over the world. YES their first 2 albums sold more than 30 million copies. YES they have an enormous fan following. And YES, they are also RETARDED and fuckin’ GAY!

But here is my personal favorite comment from a BSB fan who is justifying them headlining a ROCK festival. This is just simply awesome:

“who says bsb cant do good???dey r da biggest pop band…….dey can surely rock…..” —- Avadesh






Oh and BTW, if any BSB fan or “real music” fan decides to comment to air their “views”, please feel free to do so. But be warned, that by doing so, you are only making an ass out of yourself.

Ok. In all seriousness, let me state my real concern. It is a fact that there are a lot more pop fans who like to see a bunch of guys with mics dancing as compared to metalheads dying to see their gods perform. And it is also very likely that the turnout at these pop concerts are going to be higher than Rock concerts. Now what worries me is that, once the Corporate organizers realize that they can make much more money by getting contemporary pop artists to India, they will not revert to Rock acts again in the future. And THAT my friends, is my main concern. There is no denying its possibility.

But all this apart, let me also remind the readers that as of now, (Jan 22), there is no official announcement regarding the headliners on the websites of either Rock in India or the BSB. Not that I have much hope, coz I am right now half way across the planet deciding between live shows of Clapton, Mark Knopfler and Porcupine Tree. You see…I have better options. Thankfully.

UPDATE: Well now its all official. Backstreet Boys to headline a Rock Festival. Rock IS dead my friends. At least thanks to people like those in DNA who make sure of it.

58 thoughts on ““Backstreet Boys to headline Rock in India ’10”: The National WTF Moment

  1. Hey, nice write-up.. I totally agree with you. I’m pissed off!! I’m pissed off even if it’s a joke campaign. I mean, c’mon what are they gaining with this joke campaign?? You know what.. I think DNA should dump the idea of bringing metal bands to India and change the name of Rock in India (preferably to Cock in India) and start bringing in boy bands and girl bands like pussycat dolls. Sorry but DNA doesn’t live up to its expectations when it comes to sound and technology. This is one of the feedbacks I’ve given to them when they released that promising survey. Organizers like Opium and the GIR do a much much better job with technology. I really wish some good event organizer who understands the metal culture brings in some kickass metal bands. Stay metal \m/

    And oh, I’d like to highlight one of the comments from your comments pool because I laughed my ass off after reading it.

    “oh come on guys…backstreet boys rock! i will not call them a heavy metal band, but for sure a rockin’ group! their music might not be as heavy as bryan adams, but then quit playing games was one of the best rock anthem ever heard.”

    I really hope that this is some metal head trying to be sarcastic. Else, I’m really sorry for the person who commented.


  2. I think this would be a good time for the centre to declare a state of national emergency.. I don’t think ‘WTF????!!!!!!!’ is adequate to expound what I’m feeling now. We need to invent new phrases for the rarest of rare cases such as these.
    At first, I laughed, thinking that this was someone’s bad idea of a joke. As I kept reading, I stopped laughing and nearly began to cry.. A piece of granite is more musically talented, less homoerotic, and definitely more rock than backstreet f**king boys…

    This could be used to further evidence as to why there is no god. Apart from death, destruction, poverty, disease etc, no self respecting omnipotent deity would allow this to happen…Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo….

  3. brilliant article…. just when rock scene in india was booming.. dna had to pull up a shit like this!! soo sad. 😦

  4. Yes….. the news is confirmed check the rockinindia website….
    Those MCs have banners and pictures of Iron Maiden and Megadeth on their page 😡

    and about the point that u took that DNA realizing more attendance for pop concerts….. not to worry… aint gonna happen.

    Basically, pop fans are not passionate about their music…. everybody of them will post comments and all but majority of them wont show up at the gig. check what happened during Akon or Shakira concert…… only 5000-6000 were there for the gig. So dont worry ….. in fact DNA will realize what they have done!

    Akon comes for the first time in India = 5,000

    Shakira performes for the first time in India = 6,000

    Iron Maiden comes for the first time in India = Fu*kin ‘40,000’ fans!!!!! \m/ \m/

    that is the difference my friend!

    so…. as I see it we are about to see a Legendary Metal Band next year!!!!

  5. Dude, horns up for this write up \m/

    This truely is the biggest WTF moment in the history of Rock!

    I can’t even imagine this IS happening!

    But you know what, thankfully, we have enough gig organizers, who themselves are metalheads, and respect metal!

    So, DNA, so fuck your own ass or maybe get it fucked by BSB!

  6. This is the biggest embrassment ever!

    I sending threaten emails to BSB and other fuckhead bands performing in this show, telling them that they will face the wrath of the Indian metal head crowd. Bottles and stones will be thrown at them.

    Firstly, we should eliminate the indian bands performing in this show and then go for the BSB. Spam their blog, fan mail, guest book etc.. etc..

    Lets take some effort to stop this happening!

    1. Well as much as I appreciate your effort to prevent this from happening, I hope you realize that you are just wasting your time. But I guess taking a shot at the Indian bands is worth it. It will probably be for their own good. I mean which Indian band wants to put ” Opened for BSB” in their resume?

  7. We can forget about any serious music coming our way after this BSB shit. Like you said, members of Megadeth and Maiden would be f’kin surprised to know who’s following in their wake. Going ahead, why would any rock band true to their salt want to tour and headline a festival which has seen BSB in the past?

    Fine, people like BSB and they’ll have their own audience and yes their concert might attract more people than that at the deth or maiden concert. But DNA shouldn’t be establishing this precedent by calling them to headline what is now known as our biggest metal fest. BSB will get their own audience anywhere … DNA can organize a boy-band fest for fuck’s sake!

    Dark days ahead for music …

    1. Thats exactly my problem too. Let them get BSB or whoever they want. But why get them to headline a Rock festival? Unless DNA gets a mega rock act very soon, their image is going to take a huge beating!

  8. Anyone knows whatever happened to the Opium guys? They did an awesome job in organizing the Sepultura show.. Everything was just right!! And the sound was just METAL!! I hope they wake up and get a kick ass band sooon!! We’ve been waiting and waiting forever now!

    1. No idea man! Unfortunately I wasnt able to attend the Sepultura show. But we have to keep an eye out for other organizers as well. Like the people who had got Deep Purple and Scorpions. Hope they get a rock act soon…if not a metal one.

  9. I was shocked to see this but then on the other hand the Backstreet Boys have had a lot of rock songs released over the years. Pop is actually a type of rock, the thing that makes it pop is that there aren’t usually any instruments. However, quite a few BSB songs use instruments and are rock songs (listen to incomplete, inconsolable, just want you to know, climbing the walls etc). I am a fan of good music, I like artists like red hot chili peppers, aerosmith, guns n roses, tower of power, foo fighters stevie wonder, michael jackson and backstreet boys. They can all sing and some play instruments. For you to say that they are gay is a pthetic comment, you couldnt think of any musicall comment so you thought of something that is untrue. They are all married with kids, are you? Or do you just sit on your computer all day pretending your not and writing a ridiculously huge article. Back to the pint, BSB fall under the category of good music and they are rock/pop artists.

    1. I have been so waiting for this comment to arrive at this blog post! Really appreciate it! And just in case you didnt read through the post completely, there is a small line that I had written about “Real Music Lovers” and BSB fans commenting on this post. Go ahead and find out.
      I cant believe I am even going to make an effort to say this, but here is the point:
      First of all, there is no song on this planet, which just by the use of “instruments” becomes a ROCK song! If you believe that the only difference between pop and rock songs lies in the use of “Instruments”, then I would really have to put you along side the people whose Pro-BSB comments I have mentioned in the post.
      And I termed BSB as gay for a reason: THEY ARE.
      And please, as much as I believe in Freedom of Speech and Expression, please DO NOT make the effort to leave another comment in response to mine. Like I said, go through what I have written about people leaving pro-BSB comments in this post.
      But anyway, thanks for stopping by.

      1. I didn,t say any song with instruments in is rock, beacuse things like jazz and afro-cuban aren,t. But BSB songs are in a 4:4 time signature, which all songs in rock feel are. What do you consider rock, metal? There are loads of individual genres in rock. Metal, funk, punk, alternative, pop, classic R&B, blues, reggae and a hell of a lot more. I know you wouldn,t class half of these as rock, but they all are with a diffirent feel. If your playing metal you need to play hard, if you play funk you need to play around the rhythm. And this isnt a pro-backstreet boys comment, its a comment of someone that knows what they are talking about.

  10. Nice Writeup.Some comments had me traumatized for a few seconds.Actually i believe it will be a good thing for the metal scene to go underground for sometime.I see metal and rock becoming just another ‘Cool’ thing nowadays,this will turn out to be a rot in the culture and things will soon collapse into an unrepairable state if this continues.

    @’People who rate music based on the sales’,Please go fuck yourselves.Its not about the money you pathetic idiots.Music is not good/bad based on album sales or popularity.

  11. Hey Great Post….\m/
    @ BSB fans… i dont blame you for the comments you write. Yes. BSB fucking ROCKS…BSB is a Rock/Metal band… Tom Araya, Randy blythe,Bruce Dickinson all learnt from BSB and Boyzone and the 5….Happy??? Now go play with your lil dick and dont bother coming back…(If you are wondering who these are… Go search online… atleast you will know a few things before u comment)

    Someone actually hacked “Rock in india” Site to “Cock in india”…. \m/

    One point that probably people forgot to mention… At the megadeth show i saw a group with a srilanka flag… there were people from other countries as well. they would have booked the tickets to bangalore long back, hoping to see some big acts because of the expectations… The DNA bastards have cheated them all…

    I dont think they will ever get a metal band again even if BSB fails to get the crowd… the next step for them would probably be to get a bigger POP act…

    DNA nUtworks has cheated the entire nation here by not anouncing who is headlining until the last moment.. All the great work done by Pentagram, channel V launch Pad, Junkyard grooves, Kryptos, Demon stealer all down to dust.

  12. you should open ur eyes and pay attention to wat the organisers said. rock n’ india is not about the genre rock. and if you still wanna take the frustations of ur fucking lives out on someone, blame the organisers. you’ve got no right to insult BSB in this way. if you call urself i music lover, u shud first learn to respect musicians. i admit BSB is not a blaring noisy type of heavy metal rock band that you seem to like sooo much, but they can sing. and music is about singing not shouting ur heads off.
    so keep ur frigging mouths shut!

    1. Ah! It is comments like these that really make my day! Some retard BSB fan venting anger so passionately! Thats really something! And just so you know, I have edited the expletives from your comment-for obvious reasons. Oh and BTW, did you read what I had written about BSB fans commenting here? Go read the article again till you find it. You are just simply reinforcing whatever I have written in my post! Thanks for that….
      Oh and also, just in case you didnt understand, my post implies that BSB fans also suck! Especially when you begin to quote what some other retard organizer has to say to justify getting a gay band for a rock fest!
      And plz, dont bother to reply again.

  13. I will bother to reply again. cuz it seems like you dont wanna face the truth.
    you know you are, thats why you edited my earlier comment. am not sayin that i hate rock. but you are just blowin this outta proportion.

    1. Well really, you have just yourself proved that BSB fans are hell bent on making an ass out of themselves. And I dont wanna face the truth? Well here is the truth: BSB are gay and their music is an insult to the very word ROCK.

  14. Hi, nice write up…The hard thing that we have to face is the fact that most Metal and Rock bands now would rethink about headlining for Rock In India…So it would be a miracle if we ever get to see Maiden or Megadeth playing again in Rock In India…Sad But True! and let the curse of the metalheads fall up on that bunch of aged fags when they headline “rock” in india!

  15. There are rumors of Judas Priest coming to Bangalore in May. Apparently, Nitin Malik (Parikrama’s vocalist) confirms it on his FB page. Hope this is true!!

  16. Some hilarious comments here 😀 There are people arguing about how ‘record’ album sales qualify BSB as the “real-deal” the “in-thing” … if that were true, if album sales were a measure for greatness, Altaf Raja outsells every bloody soul on this planet with a single song (tum to thehere pardesi). Maybe he should headline the next Frock in India?

    For all BSB fans: Please understand the concern of us poor little metal-heads. This is an ugly precedent by DNA. To give an analogy it is like organizing a song-fest for Kishore Kumar and Mohd. Rafi Sahab and finally throwing Reshammiya and Altaf Raja on stage … would you like that? I wouldn’t …

    1. I dont agree. Alright, chart positions and record sales aren’t a measure of greatness for many bands, but the group has sold over 130 million albums. You dont sell that many on luck alone, you need to have talent. However, clearly the comment of Altaf Raja was wrong. Cause Tower of Power would be the most successful band ever if it was a measure of quality.

  17. @Sagar

    LOL.. awesome one!


    I heard it isn’t from DNA but from an event management company called Total Productions. There are also talks of Lamb Of God showing up in India soon, which is quite possible by looking at their tour calendar. They’re all over Asia in April!!

  18. It will be a failure.As someone rightly pointed out these “Rock music lovers” wont come to see them play,they wont travel like me and my friends did from mumbai to bangolore leaving college papers to watch megadeath perform.Hell they wont turn..just wont.

  19. Mr L :I didn’t say any song with instruments in is rock, beacuse things like jazz and afro-cuban aren,t. But BSB songs are in a 4:4 time signature, which all songs in rock feel are. What do you consider rock, metal? There are loads of individual genres in rock. Metal, funk, punk, alternative, pop, classic R&B, blues, reggae and a hell of a lot more. I know you wouldn,t class half of these as rock, but they all are with a diffirent feel. If your playing metal you need to play hard, if you play funk you need to play around the rhythm. And this isnt a pro-backstreet boys comment, its a comment of someone that knows what they are talking about.

  20. Having sold 130 million albums doesn’t prove anything, all it proves is that a multi billion dollar profit machine put all it’s resources into MANUFACTURING a PRODUCT, that was guaranteed to sell to the ignorant masses, to the “lowest common denominator” REAL MUSIC, is not a product, it is art, and art doesn’t need to be popular to be good, that’s like suggesting that McDonald’s makes the best food in the world because everyone eats it, even though high class chefs spend 30 years honing their craft to create a real sensory experience, they can never be better than a product, which is mass produced for mass consumption by idiots.

    -Luke- (Australian)

      1. Akshay, what’s your definition of rock. Anyway, I think that rock in india should be headlined by bands like the red hot chili peppers or aerosmith. They are rock bands but you can understand them unlike megadeth. I like Iron Maiden who have headlined it before, but megadeth are shit.

      2. If you think Megadeth are shit, thats your opinion and you are entitled to it. I would however disagree on that. But I would definitely agree on RHCP and Aerosmith headlining RinI.

  21. A nerd here comapres Mohd Rafi nd Kishore Kumar with screamers and growlers of iron maiden or megadeth they would be turning in their graves to use a term vocalist for them is farce, nd by the way where is the rock melody of Pink Floyd
    Guns N Roses Led Zeppelin et al.American sycophants most of them here if they ever heard Rafi or Kishore dis blog wouldn’t be there where the persons who are skillful in profanity rule.
    “Pink Floyd- true music
    BsB better than most

      1. You’ve have got no good music taste, you need to listen to more than just metal, go and listen to Tower of Power, that’s true music. That band is about playing music, not making noise.

      2. So, apparently, I got no good music taste. And also, apparently, I listen only to metal. WOW!! Looks like Mr. L knows more about what I listen to everyday than me myself!!!

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