UKHRUL, April 29 - American heavy metal rock band Queensryche rocked thousands of fans and rock music lovers during their debut performance in India on the closing day of the five-day ShiRock 2018 Festival here on Saturday night.
The progressive metal band belted out �Revolution calling� penned by the band�s former vocalist Geoff Tate and guitarist Michael Wilton as their opening number of the non-stop 90 minute show.
The band�s front man and vocalist Todd La Torre also unleashed a good number of popular tracks such as , �Empire,� �Queensryche,� �Operation: Mindcrime� , �Breaking the silence,� �Road to madness,� �Eyes of the strangers,� etc.
A well responsive crowd numbering more than 25,000 enjoyed the show by the five member Seattle-based metal band. Vocalist Torre continued to render the band�s touching ballad �Silent Lucidity� and mind blowing powerful track �Take hold of the Flame,� during his first-ever performance in India�s Northeastern region, which is fast emerging as the most popular destination for international rock bands.
Some Queensryche fans expressed disappointment over the absence of guitar and drum solos by Michael Wilton and Casey Grillo.
Mizoram�s Reverse Tragedy walked away with the winner�s title with a cheque of Rs 10 lakh in the ShiRock 2018 rock music competition among 20 rock bands of NE. The first runner up title (with a cheque of Rs 5 lakh) went to Avora Records (Mizoram) and Ambush (Assam) while the second runner up title (Rs 2.5 lakh) was bagged by Dream Street (Manipur) and Jammers Graveyard (Assam). Popular choice award of the fest was bagged by Fame The Band of Meghalaya while theAlamle Herrang from Senapati (Manipur) was adjudged as winner of 2018 Tribal Euphony. The Festival was organised as part of Manipur Government sponsored Shirui Lily Festival (April 24-28), aimed to promote conservation of the endangered State flower Shirui Lily and also to promote young talented artistes.