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Metal on a Sitar with Rob Scallon

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George Harrison famously introduced the sitar to Western popular music on The Beatles’ 1965 album Rubber Soul, having become interested in the classical Indian stringed instrument after picking up a prop and attempting to play it during a break from the filming of the movie Help!.

Will Rob Scallon be to metal as George Harrison was to rock n’ roll?? If his new video — the appropriately titled “Sitar Metal” — has anything to do with it, then the answer will most certainly be “yes.”

Scallon isn’t the first metal musician to experiment with a sitar — Rishabh Seen (and his band Mute the Saint) garnered quite a bit of attention a couple of years ago with his sitar covers of tracks by Animals as Leaders and others — but his high profile could certainly elevate the visibility of the instrument and inspire others to give it a shot.

Or it could just be a fun experiment, and I’m overthinking things as usual.

Watch below.

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