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UKHRUL | Apr 29 : Heavy metal band Queensryche performed for the first time in India at the closing day of ShiRock, a mega rock event of Shirui Lily Festival 2018 at Bakshi Ground, Ukhrul on April 28.
Thousands of music lovers thronged the venue for ShiRock and the band hit the stage at around 9:30 pm and continued rocking till midnight to a crowd of 30,000 people. The ecstatic fans swayed to the music of Queensryche.
Winner of rock band competition of ShiRock 2018, “Reverse Tragedy” from Mizoram opened the stage for Queensryche. The band was crowned as the king of ShiRock 2018 and walked away with a cash prize of Rs.10 lakh. Avora Records from Mizoram and Ambush from Assam shared the first runners up with a cash prize of Rs. 5 lakh and Dream Streets from Manipur and Jammers Graveyard from Assam were declared the joint second runners up which carried a cash prize of Rs. 2.5 lakh.
The individual winner for the best drummer award went to Joy Das of Jammers Graveyard, Best Keyboardist to Pritam Boro of Wine O’Clock, best vocalist to Apu Ayekpam of Lineage, best lead guitarist to Eddie Tearing of Rongbin The Secret Realm, best bass guitarist to Sangkima Khiangte of Frisky Pints and the best original composition to Notes of A. Rongga and Dream Streets.
As per police source, a record of 1400 vehicles travelled to Ukhrul from Imphal on the closing day of Shirui Lily Festival 2018. Traffic jam and snarls marked the closing day of ShiRock 2018. Vehicles and pedestrian equally crowded the road in Ukhrul.
It may be mentioned that Queensrÿche is an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 in Bellevue, Washington. The current members are Michael Wilton (lead guitarist), Scott Rockenfield (drums), Eddie Jackson (bass and backing vocals), Parker Lundgren (rhythm guitar) and Todd La Torre (lead vocals). The band has received three Grammy Award nominations and in 1998, drummer Rockenfield received an individual Grammy nomination.~IFP
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