‘Hai Yeh Josh-e-Junoon’: Junoon reunites to rock UK

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MANCHESTER: The iconic Pakistani Sufi rock band Junoon has geared up for yet another trip down memory lane as it has scheduled two back-to-back concerts in the United Kingdom on August 25 and 26.

Entitled “The Comeback Tour”, the first concert is scheduled to take place at SSE Arena in Wembley – a town in North West London – on August 25 and the other at the First Direct Arena in Leeds the following day.

The band, while talking to a private media house, expressed their excitement as it anticipates a “massive Britain-based Pakistani crowd”.

Salman Ahmad, the band’s lead singer, said that “UK shows are special [for the band] as it is home to many Pakistani expats who have supported us over the years,” adding that “we are super excited to perform for them once again”.

The fans are equally excited for the comeback tour.

“I am from Karachi and grew up listening to Junoon in Pakistan, but was missing their music for a long time. I am very excited and can’t wait for them to perform together here in the UK,” a fan said.

Another added, “I have always been a Junoon fan but never had a chance to experience their unique style of music live, now is the time.”

Junoon — which comprises Ali Azmat, the vocalist, Salman Ahmed on guitars and Brian O’Connell as the bassist — came back together in Karachi on the birth anniversary of the country’s founding father, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, in December last year.