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13AD
Origin Kochi, India
Genres Hard rock
Blues-rock
Heavy metal
Years active 1980–1995 ; re-union 2008
Members Eloy Isaccs
George Peter
Pinson Correa
Paul K.J
Jackson Aruja

13AD was a prominent classic and hard rock band from Kochi, India.[1]

History & formation

13AD was one of India's top most rock bands from the 80's to the mid 90's. This band used to play in a hotel called "Sea Lord" in Kochi, Kerala, India.

They released two albums, "Ground Zero" and "Tough on the Streets" in the 90's,[1] before breaking up in 1995 for the coming thirteen years, until their reunion in 2008 at a concert in aid of the visually challenged.The concert was telecast on Rosebowl channel.

The song "Ground Zero" from the album "Ground Zero" was a tremendous hit during '90s.

With the release of their debut album 'Ground Zero' (1989), the band grabbed the attention of young India and were the school masters for playing A-grade rock in India. India's foremost band took cities by storm playing note for note perfection and classic rock merged with unbeatable talent. After relentless travelling, the band brought out another album 'Tough on the Streets'(1992). With two albums, they took to the road and without anyone to stop them, they unveiled their rock prowess by silencing the traditional music scene. What seemed to have missed for years finally came into being. With this new equation, right chemistry and attitude the band rechristened themselves as Ground Zero (popular song and album).

Band members

(1) Vocals - Glen La Rive (Till 1993) followed by George Peter,Sarina Sunny (Till 1997) and then Darshan Shankar (From 1997 till date)
(2) Vocals & Rhythm guitar - Rose Johny
(3) Lead & rhythm guitars - Eloy Isaacs
(4) Bass guitar - Paul K.J
(5) Keyboards - Jackson Aruja
(6) Drums - Pinson Correa

  • Darshan Shankar - Vocals
  • Eloy Isaccs - Guitars / Vocals
  • Paul K Joseph - Bass
  • Rajesh - Drums
  • Dalton Aruja - Keyboards

Former members

  • Glen La Rive - Vocals
  • Pinson Correa - Drums
  • Jackson Aruja - Keyboards
  • George Peter -Keyboards
  • Deepu Sasidharan - Lead Guitar
  • Prince Joseph - Keyboards
  • Dalton Aruja - Keyboards
  • Nirmal Antony - Drums

Discography

Albums

Splitting up

During end of '90's, the main vocalist Glen La Rive decided to move away from rock music and he joined "Divine Retreat Center, Pota in Chalakudy, Kerala.". Eloy Isaacs, the lead guitarist moved his base to Muscat and there, they formed a band called PH7.

Reunion and recent happenings

After a break for almost 13 years, the band has announced a reunion in 2008. During the re-union concert, they have announced the release of their third album "City Blues", a popular number from one of their earlier albums that remains a great track of Middle-Eastern rock music. The first vocalist of 13AD was Glen La Rive, who left from the band in 1993. George Peter and Darshan Shankar (Ex vocalist of IX HRS) handles the vocals. 13AD rocked at Dubai @ Indian Club on 26 November 2010.

The next mission of 13AD is to bring forth a new album which would be bilingual. The weightage of this is doubled as it is to be recorded at the studio of the music maestro AR Rahman in Chennai and the Hindi lyrics being penned by none other than Mehbood.

Before the release of their next album the band has made up a strategy to play a lot of gigs. India and the Middle East have witnessed their performance. This apart they also hold contracts in hotels for their performances at Muscat and Dubai.

References

  • http://indianbandshub.blogspot.in/2010/09/13-ad.html
  • http://www.planetradiocity.com/musicopedia/music_band.php?conid=125&Genre=13AD
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