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Remembering the King of Pop

Members of the newly-formed band Thriller,pay a tribute to the ultimate moonwalker,Michael Jackson on his birth anniversary.

Members of the newly-formed band Thriller,pay a tribute to the ultimate moonwalker,Michael Jackson on his birth anniversary

Back in 1982,the music industry was stunned with Michael Jackson’s revolutionary music video Thriller. Two years later,Thriller won a record-breaking eight Grammy Awards. Of the millions that Jackson has inspired with his music,six musicians from different bands from the city have come together to form a line up of their own to pay tribute to the king of pop on his birth anniversary. Thriller,the band,comprising of Sarosh Izedyar on lead guitar,Agnelo Picardo on the drums,Joel Crasto on the keyboard,Crosby Fernandes on bass and Rohan Sequeira and Mrudula on vocals will be performing in the city on August 30 at Hard Rock Cafe (HRC),Koregaon Park.

The band was formed on June 1,when the six artistes gathered for their first jam session. Picardo,assembled the motley crew,after HRC contacted him in the latter half of May to put up a special gig to commemorate Michael Jackson’s birth anniversary throughout their outlets in India. “I knew the other members. All the band members have been a part of the music circuit for over ten years and have worked with each other at some point of time. The comfort level automatically rises when we jam together,” says Picardo,who plans on performing more of such tribute shows across the country.

Heavily influenced by Jackson and his timeless music they hope to do justice to the magic of the legend when they play live on stage. “I first came across Michael Jackson when I saw him perform at the 1984 Grammy Awards on my black and white television set. I was four-years-old,just transiting out of nursery rhymes,and the first artiste to have an impact on me was Jackson. The way he moon walked,the way he ruled the stage was all that I wanted to do when I grew up. Nobody could ever capture my attention the way he did,” remembers Sequeira from Infra Red and Aquaflow,who is still fascinated with the magic of Jackson. “It is pretty difficult to achieve that level of excellence that Jackson and Quincy Jones had when we perform live. Our performance,however,is our adaptation of what we have experienced of Jackson’s music and we hope to do justice to the innumerable Jackson enthusiasts in the city,” he adds.

The band collectively votes for Beat It as their favourite track,after Thriller,which inspired the name of the band. “Jackson collaborated with Van Halen for Beat It. There is an important guitar solo extension in that track. Apart from being a big Michael Jackson fan,I idolise Van Halen as a guitarist,that is why this song is very close to my heart,” says Izedyar,who will be performing with Shaan at concert in Mauritius in early September. He prefers to be called the ‘rock guy’. Keyboardist,Crasto,who has worked as the music programmer for the background score for Ek Tha Tiger,feels that the song,Beat It,is a good learning experience for keyboarders. “When I comes to performance,Beat It wins hands down,but my personal favourite of Jackson is Man in the Mirror. One can relate to the lyrics that are very deep and meaningful,” says Crasto.