Salman Ahmad hints at possible Junoon reunion

Published: March 10, 2014
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Salman tweeted that at the request of Junoon fans, he had spoken with the vocalist Ali Azmat after ten years to come together again with bassist Brian O'Connell. PHOTO: FILE

Salman tweeted that at the request of Junoon fans, he had spoken with the vocalist Ali Azmat after ten years to come together again with bassist Brian O'Connell. PHOTO: FILE

Guitarist and musician Salman Ahmad caused a flurry on Monday when he hinted that one of Pakistan’s all time popular music band Junoon, may be heading for a reunion. But Ali Azmat poured cold water on any talks of working with his old pals again.

Salman tweeted on Monday evening that at the request of Junoon fans, who dot the globe from Lahore to Los Angeles, the guitarist had spoken with vocalist Ali Azmat and bassist Brian O’Connell to come together again.

No confirmation from Ali Azmat

 Azmat, who had in a 2012 interview scoffed at talks of a reunion, did not confirm any possibility of the reunion just hours later with a message on his official facebook page.

“News Update: Its spreading around every corner for a ReUnite of Junoon, This is an official update to all Ali-ens and others that “Nothing is confirmed from Ali Azmat”.
Team Ali Azmat !!!”

In the 2012 interview with The Express Tribune, Azmat had all but ruled out working with Salman again.

“I resent Salman Ahmad; I can’t stand the man and can’t take his dramas. It’s a choice of personal liking.”

He added that Salman has tried to contact Azmat in the past but it was the vocalist who did not want anything to do with the guitarist. “I don’t see the point, I won’t be able to tolerate a lot of things. When you’re younger, you overlook a lot of things and you don’t know much, but I’m 41 now and at this stage in time I cannot play music like that.”

Salman had formed the group in 1990 where he was the lead guitarist of the band. Azmat was the lead vocalist in Junoon and O’Connell on bass. The group had split in 2005, after nearly 15 years in the limelight.

Correction: Due to a spelling error, an earlier version of the article noted bass as ‘base’. The error is regretted.

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  • burner
    Mar 11, 2014 - 12:24AM

    The title and and the actual news is contradictory. IF the article says there is no confirmation from Ali Azmat then how is Salman hinting a reunion?

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  • teearrtee
    Mar 11, 2014 - 1:22AM

    after azmats antics on Pakistan idol, i really dont care.

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  • Nida khan
    Mar 11, 2014 - 1:37AM

    C’mon Ali azmat you are great singer and salman great composer guitarist. Please bring back junoon. Put your egos aside

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  • String theory.
    Mar 11, 2014 - 3:06AM

    Great news. I wish u should make the music revolution as u eople did 15 years before. We all love you Junoon. I love u lot

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  • Ali S
    Mar 11, 2014 - 3:06AM

    I really hope it’s true – Ali Azmat has an ego to match the size of his bald head, but I hope he’s able to put it aside for once for the fans. He’s the only one from the band who’s against a reunion – and Salman Ahmad is a chronic attention-seeker so that doesn’t help either.

    I saw Ali talk about Junoon in a recent talk show a couple weeks back, he seems to have mellowed out quite a bit (marriage and fatherhood might have to do with it), so I’m hopeful that he’ll give it one more chance.

    Can’t wait to see Junoon live once again here in Pakistan – would be an incredible experience. I really want to see them play their lesser-known songs from Azadi and Parvaaz live.

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  • Sam
    Mar 11, 2014 - 3:24AM

    Further proof (as if any more was needed) how low class Ali really is.

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  • Usman
    Mar 11, 2014 - 3:30AM

    Both Ali and Salman need to realize they are nothing without junoon – even if today they are there in the market – its because of Junoon.

    Maybe this is the best time for Junoon to put aside their difference and come back with a bang – they might want to learn something of strings here!

    Do it for the Fans, Do it for your land! It’s not a joke that you get to hear Junoon once called as the U2 of Pakistan.

    Come on guys – the last concert I attended of yours was over 10 years ago! and I wouldn’t bother attending Ali or Salman playing solo!

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  • qasim
    Mar 11, 2014 - 5:13AM

    Ali S you do not deserve to see them live or reunite. What have you even done to support them apart from bashing them with your senseless criticism all over the internet just like you did so here. The band does not need self proclaimed Allama critics like yourself.

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  • Sumbal babar
    Mar 11, 2014 - 5:27AM

    The mark of Junoon on pakistan music is ever lasting. I have not heard such brilliant music after they split up. Since 10 years they split-ed we did got such a high talented people . I wish them good luck. And i m sure they r very creative and will bring again the exclusive music to Pakistani and world audience

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  • Ali Abbasi
    Mar 11, 2014 - 10:47AM

    Brian on bass*

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  • Anwaar
    Mar 11, 2014 - 11:11AM

    Azmat was the lead vocalist in Junoon and O’Connell on base.

    its bass* ……

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  • Karin
    Mar 11, 2014 - 4:57PM

    Excited to Listen new musics by them! they always come up with best of the bestRecommend

  • bob chow
    Mar 13, 2014 - 3:17PM

    Add Omran Shafique on second guitar and it will be a better band than it ever was before! Salman, Omran, Ali and Brian + get a decent drummer (pinto where are you?) and it will be the best band in Pak EVER!!!

    Do it for Pakistan Ali. Come on!

    love from Sween

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  • Samj_s
    Mar 14, 2014 - 12:03PM

    The link for the petition is: https://www.facebook.com/ONEMILLIONJUNOONIPETITION aser the deal with Salman Ahmed we need 1M likes to get junoon back. Please sign and spread the word.

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