Friday, July 07, 2006

Werchter

Knock Knock
Who's there!
Yup!

The Who performed here last week. Pete Townshend started with an extremely corny line "Werchter, you are the European center of the universe." But he and his band went on to do a mean act. The performance was part of a 4-day rock festival in a modest belgian village called Werchter. It's like Woodstock, without the drugs and the impact. They tell me the 2003 and 2005 editions have won the world's best festival award .

Apart from The Who, there was Live, Editors (little known but very impressive) and Muse. Anouk was pretty good on the stage too. I had my moment in the limelight as well. During one of the breaks, some drunk dutchmen asked me for my autograph. They kept trying to convince me that my name is Wibi. Apparently I look like a Dutch-Indonesian pianist called Wibi Soerjadi. One guy insisted on getting my autograph. Since he had no paper, I had to sign on a premium piece of untattoed real estate on his shoulder. Wasn't pleasant, despite the rather sincere compliment he paid me about my piano playing. My friends were having a nice laugh in the meanwhile. I attributed that bit of mistaken identity to the dutchmen's intoxication, but later in the afternoon, sober looking girls walking in straightlines shouted out "Hi Wibi" to me! The closest I'll get to having my own groupies?

Separated at birth? You decide.

12 comments:

jax said...

Hahahaha!! You weren't kidding when you told me about the 'really really eventful' bit. You look a lot like Wibi. I am glad, I finally found my Chinki friend :D

jax said...

Man I still can't stop laughing. I showed my mom, Wibi's pic and she goes "Deppe has changed a little bit" :D

disha said...

hehehe..that was definately funny, you need one of those bushy beards to hinde from ur suspect double's fans :D

Swathi said...

i'm imagining u signing autographs (yes in technicolor n all..) :))

kavs said...

That's real close D! Good fun reading and imagining you signing autographs. :-)

kavs said...

Did you tell those girls that you arent Wibi?

shady said...

Fake or for real, signing autographs n all, man, you sure rock!

Deppe said...

jax: I had an uncle who used to call me Danny (denzongpa) when I was a kid. There's a strong chinki connection.
about the 'eventful' bit, you haven't heard anything brother.

disha: I'd rather be a Wibi than an Osama ;-)

Swathi: haha.

kavs: are you kidding me? They were rather cute

shady: a little too late in life to rock for real!

Bananarana said...

Danny Denzongpa?? Haha.. now that you mention it... As someone who is part chinky, I completely get the great oriental invasion. Ever heard the crazy story about how Chengis Khan, in the course of his travels, impregnated more women in world than any other human in history?? And that a major fraction of today's worldwide population are actually his descendants?

jax said...

I found a pic of me when I was a kid. I had Jackie Chan's hairstyle and no eyebrows. I most definitely have a Chengiz Khan gene

Deppe said...

Bananarana, Jax : Damn. I now have to revisit my theories on Dravidian Supremacy

Shruthi said...

You really look like the pianist ;)
Hey Deppe - I have been reading your posts - enjoyed them!