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.