Thank you Sachin!

Thank you Sachin!

Today, as the clock struck 12:15 pm (Indian Standard Time), it was hard not to go back, even if for a second, to a simpler time. A time without strategic time-outs and cheerleaders. A time without human auctioning and corporate über Lust. A time where it was just about the sport, the occasion. A time, which was embodied by one man.

That man is Sachin Tendulkar. Now I don’t expect our international (non-cricketing) followers to know who he is or to understand how one person can mean so much to a billion. Hell, I’ve been trying to explain it to my European friends for over 8 years now. When he batted, we watched. When he spoke, we listened. That is the kind of power he had over us. And all that without the loud, invasive campaigning of politicians or the krass, forced mental onslaught of filmstars through their undergarment advertisements and unnecessary ponytails. Sachin just did his job. And we were sold.

To give you an idea of the kind of pressure that Sachin went through in his career, just imagine if you worked at McDonalds. There were 10 other people working with you, mostly with mediocre burger making skills and you were the undisputed star Cheeseburger flipper. There were about 7 other competing burger joints, usually with better working conditions as well as raw materials, trying to make life very difficult for you. Add to that the small matter of one billion people hoping and praying that you make the perfect burger every single time. You usually did, but when you didn’t, you were criticised in the local media for being past it and selfishly making burgers for your own personal gain. Your one mistake would break millions of hearts. Now, imagine that for every single day for over 24 years.

You made us smile, Sachin. You made us cry. But never once did you let us down. Because when it didn’t work out, we knew it hurt you more. You’ve been there for us in times of duress and need, without you even knowing it. You’ve represented us. You’ve given us a reason to be proud. More than anything, you made us believe. Made us believe that anything was possible.

Thank you, Sachin. Thanks for everything.

 

For those of you wishing to reserve tickets in advance for our show in Liege on the 19th of September, you can do so via email: mail@fireondawson.com or via telephone: +32 475 34 78 21.

We will be playing 2 shows in September in Liege, Belgium (19.9) and in Luxembourg (20.9). More information can be found on the “shows” section of our website.

We are pleased to announce that we will be headlining the Unifest in Karlsruhe as well as the Staatsforsten Open Air in Bakum (Bremen) this year. The confirmed shows for this summer are as follows:

01.6 – Frido Festival, Fridingen (DE)
07.6 – Rock in Altdorf, Ettenheim (DE)
13.6 – Carpe Diem, Hasselt (BE)
14.6 – BaRRock, Maastricht (NL)
15.6 – Steengoed Festival, Willemsoord (NL)
16.6 – Mukkes, Leeuwarden (NL)
29.6 – Unifest, Karlsruhe (DE)
10.8 – Staatsforsten Open Air, Bakum (DE)

We are excited to announce our first ever shows in Belgium and the Netherlands as part of the 7 Billion and a Nameless Somebody Tour! The tour will be in June 2013 and we will be performing in the following cities:

13.6 – Carpe Diem, Hasselt (BE)
14.6 – BaRRock, Maastricht (NL)
15.6 – Steengoed Festival, Willemsoord (NL)
16.6 – Mukkes, Leeuwarden (NL)