According to DNAIndia.com, the organizers of METALLICA‘s October 30 concert in Bangalore, India have yet to seek police permission for the event to proceed. T Suneel Kumar, the Additional Commissioner of Police (Law and Order), tells the site, “A concert of this size to be held in this city requires the organizers to seek police permission and also police protection. I have only been reading media reports about this band performing in Bangalore, but no one has yet sought any permission from the police department.”
Officials are reportedly concerned that they have been left with little time to organize a large contingent of police and traffic personnel to ensure that routine life around Palace Grounds is not disturbed.
At least 20,000 fans are expected to the sold-out concert, which has been dubbed “Rock In India”.
According to RadioAndMusic.com, MTV India will broadcast METALLICA‘s first-ever concert in India. The channel, in association with F1 Rocks, will telecast the one-hour special of historic METALLICA performance one week after the live event.
F1 Rocks and MTV have organized a nationwide band hunt where a lucky band selected through online voting will get an opportunity of a lifetime to perform at the concert. MTV will telecast this nationwide search as four half-hour episodes.
MTV India channel head Aditya Swamy said, “MTV reaches approximately 130 million people across 40 million homes and it’s a huge thing for MTV to broadcast the most awaited concert in India in association with F1 Rocks. METALLICA concert will boost the Indian economy as international acts tend to do well in the live-music circuit in an emerging economy like India.”
METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo revealed the band’s plans to play India in an April interview with the Inland Empire Weekly magazine.
“We are going to play India in October,” he said. “That should be interesting, playing a place we never thought in our wildest dreams we’d [go] to play. It’s an honor for all of us that we get to be a part of that whole music scene as a metal band sharing our music with fans in India at this incredible concert!
DNA Entertainment Networks, which has previously brought international names like IRON MAIDEN, MEGADETH, SCORPIONS, ROGER WATERS and DEEP PURPLE to Indian shores, was responsible for booking METALLICA‘s Indian concerts.