And we were truly in heaven

It may have been the fifth time Bryan Adams came to In­dia, but as crowd will tes­tify, every­one was truly on cloud num­ber nine

Mid Day - - HITLIST - AASTHA ATRAY BANAN aastha.banan@mid-day.com Num­ber of songs Bryan Adams sang at the con­cert

I GREW up lis­ten­ing to Bryan Adams’ mu­sic, and so when I com­mented to my school friend (who was the only one I could scream and shout with, with­out fac­ing judg­ment), as we sang along with ev­ery song at his Fri­day night con­cert, “Isn’t he al­most In­dian?” Later, just be­fore the end, Adams re­counted a story of a man he saw tak­ing care of his fa­ther on route to In­dia, and re­marked, “I took care of my fa­ther too”, and the man replied, “Well, you may be a lit­tle bit In­dian too.”

Well, he proved that re­gard­less of it be­ing his fifth con­cert in the city, he was still wel­come, and of course, he is In­dian too. The au­di­ence, sweat­ing in the re­lent­less Mum­bai heat, sang along with Adams on al­most each and ev­ery song. He started with favourites such as Run To You, and Heaven (which is now my favourite num­ber all over again), and we couldn’t help re­mark­ing, that he sounded ex­actly the same as he sounds in the al­bum. This band is tight as well. Keith Scott, the gui­tarist, caught every­one’s at­ten­tion and was al­most as much a star of the show as Adams him­self.

He then per­formed songs like Ev­ery­thing I Do, I Do it For You, Back To You, 18 Till I Die, and every­one par­roted along.

But it was when he sang Sum­mer of ’69, that the crowd truly went crazy and a cho­rus of “once more, once more” filled the Jio Gar­dens. Maybe all the ’90s kids re­mem­bered the time they sang it, with it, and to some­body, dur­ing their school and col­lege days.

Adams proved that he was ev­ery inch of the rock star we looked up to as teenagers, and that some things never change. And af­ter los­ing my voice at the con­cert, and al­most dy­ing of de­hy­dra­tion, all I can say in the end, is that I may be 36, but I am truly 18 till I die.

PICS/SNEHA KHARABE

Fans en­joy­ing Bryan Adams’ Mum­bai con­cert at BKC.

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