The early days of struggle…we had one and a half guitars. No Stage amps. One mic.
A drum kit held together mostly by will power and some bits of string (in the pre-digital/photoshop era a black marker direct on to the picture added aspiration – TAMA and an extra tom!). That didn’t stop us from getting tie-dye shirts and a rock star attitude!
Aje, insisted that the only way to play bass was left-hand (since Paul McCartney did it that way) – no matter that it was a battered six-string with only the last 2 strings remaining!). To make matters worse we didn’t have a sound check – and were plugged directly into an Ahuja PA – complete with foghorns and daisy-chained speaker boxes.
And then some one decided to twiddle with the tuning keys of my guitar just before we got on!! – digital tuner? never even dream’t of such a thing!
Varkey (the drummer) moved on to St.Stephen’s Delhi to do eco (hons), but passed away tragically in an accident in ’89. Aje, (now a Commander in the Indian Navy) can still play left hand bass, but only the two songs that we did that day – Lyin eyes by the Eagles and Sound of Silence by S&G – provided the guitar has only 2 strings!
All this, at a place called Ambalamugal, the back of beyond, in God’s own Kerala, some 22 odd years ago!
We have come some way, since. Not quite there yet…but Getting there!