Ukhrul: Ukhrul, the highest as well as a beautiful hill station of Manipur, was on high spirits on Wednesday as Scottish-origin rock band Nazareth opened the Shirock concert at Bakshi ground in Hungpung.
With close to 20,000 people, including locals and tourists, the picturesque hill town witnessed a massive number of people gathering at a single platform and sharing a common passion for music.
Shirock, which is part of the four-day Shirui Lily Festival, is being organised by state tourism department of Manipur in collaboration with Shirui and its neighbouring village authorities and various Tangkhul apex bodies. The festival is on till October 19.
Young and old alike, audiences were seen totally hooked up as the hard rock quartet spelled out a series of their hit songs one after another, making the evening a memorable one for the people of the hilly town of Manipur.
The team, probably the oldest Scottish-blues rock band, was indeed, worth their mettle as lead vocalist Carl Sentance completely owned the stage. Sentance, who is the voice of the band after the team got revamped following the retirement of the then singer Dan McCafferty in 2013, was totally at its best — rocking, jumping and rolling.
Bassist Pete Agnew and the only remaining original member of the team, in his usual demeanour, gave it all to the audience. For many, especially the older section of the audience, the presence of the stalwart of Nazareth at the event reminisced the period of 80s as on how the blues rock music genre was at its best line-up.
Guitarist Jimmy Murrison and acoustic drummer Lee Agnew, who is also the son of Pete Agnew, equally played their important roles on stage while engaging to the crowd gathered at the fully-packed Hungpung local ground.
The drum’s loud clangor and the clear-cut sound of strumming the guitar gave major goals to many who were present at the live musical concert.
Some of their popular numbers they presented at Shirock concert included Dream On, Love Hurts, Shot Me Down, Hair of the Dog and Love Leads to Madness, among others.