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    The country’s biggest beer fest is back for the ninth edition of Kingfisher’s The Great Indian Octoberfest. Besides free-flowing beer, food stalls and a flea market, Bollywood’s Mika Singh, DJ Jasmeet, Raghu Dixit and One Nite Stand are all set to rock this three-day event. The highlight, however, is American rock band Hoobastank, who will be headlining as they continue their two-decade long stint with their latest album Fight or Flight. Lead vocalist Doug Robb, chats about the album making a comeback with a difference, babies as his inspiration and the quirk behind the band name.

    On 20 years of Hoobastank

    I don’t think we’ve changed anymore than anyone would over a nearly 20 year span. At our core, we’re still the same guys who started playing in 1994. Just older and hopefully a little wiser now.

    Fight or Flight revisited

    Fight or Flight was the first album we’ve written as a four-piece band all together since The Reason album. Now that Jesse Charland has been in the band for four years it was refreshing to be able to write all together. I think the songs are more ‘complete’ this way.

    Inspiration and influences

    Inspiration comes from all over. It’s unpredictable. The birth of my first child was a big inspiration in the emotions of a lot of the songs. Most of the time Dan, our guitar player, will have a riff or idea that he’ll present to us and it will then evolve into a song. I write the lyrics and they just come from everyday experiences.

    On The Reason being a hit

    Never in a million years did I think it was going to be such a huge hit. It was just like catching lightning in a bottle. When I hear it today, it makes me think about how much this song changed my life.

    Story behind the name 

    We made the word up long ago in high school. If we guessed back then, that 20 years later it would still be a topic of conversation we might have chosen a “cooler” sou-nding name.

    Evolution of rock

    Music trends always change and are very cyclical. Rock to me though never goes too out of style. Sometimes it’s at the forefront and sometimes, like now, it isn’t. It will come back again though. It always does. Like I said, its cyclical.

    Set list

    The audience can expect a good combination of singles and album tracks that we the band really enjoy playing. At points it’s high energy and at points it mellows out.

    2013 for Hoobastank

    We have some shows a few days after Bangalore on the east coast in the USA. After that we’re taking a little break.
    October 18,19, 20. At Jayamahal Palace Hotel. Tickets (`1,000 upwards) at bookmyshow.com

    —Aakanksha Devi

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