Eves for Adam

On Sunday, February 13th, 2011, I visited Bangalore Palace Grounds to watch the legendary Canadian Rockstar Bryan Adams perform live, in Bangalore, for the fourth time. It was an exhilarating experience for me as it was the first time I had not been for a concert in the 14 years, I had been in Bangalore. Even free Sponsor passes for concerts had not lured me to concerts in Bangalore, famous for its night life. I instead preferred to gift them to couples / love-birds who wanted to have a good time.

So it was refreshing break for me to hear the heart rending music of the 51 year old legend, on whose music and mushy songs, many a Adams and Eves of our generation have “declared true love”. For the 20,000 odd fans, from all over the country, who stormed into Palace Grounds it was an opportunity to experience the magic and the phenomenon known as Bryan Adams. Our Adam did have the Bangalore Eves (Guess Indian Adams were just tagging along) ecstatic, on the eve of Valentines Day.

For nearly three decades, starting from the time when his exploits in the stage as a 15 year old announced to the world that he was a music exponent of remarkable ability, he has repeatedly proved his worth, selling nearly 70 million albums and 30 million singles worldwide and winning 15 Grammy Award nominations. At Bangalore, Bryan Adams, still with his boyish charm and energy, sang most of his all-time hits – Please forgive me, Straight from the heart, Summer of 69, Run to you, Everything I do, Here I am and Heaven.  It was also nice and romantic to see, couples swaying to his music and whisper the lyrics into each others ears.

Like most of his performances that we have watched on television, this time too he invited his fans to come on stage and sing with him. Condition the one who comes on stage should know the lyrics of the song ‘Baby when you are gone’ he was to sing next. If they didn’t, he warned that he would embarrass them and their family, on stage. But at Bangalore a lady ‘brave heart’  got on stage and when asked if she knew the lyrics replied unabashedly, that she didn’t and the only reason she raised her had was to meet him. Though moved by the gesture, Adam did politely yet firmly request this shameless Eve to leave.

He threw the offer open again to the crowd once again and this time another smart Eve, a student of Economics got on stage, gyrated and sang the duet ‘When you are gone’ with Adam. Surely, an experience of a lifetime for that Eve. It drew quite a lot of whistles and cheers from the crowd and rightfully so.

Bryan Adams also introduced Keith Scott, best known for his long-term collaboration with the singer as “one of the fastest fingers on guitar” and “best friend”. After he declartion both Keith Scott and Bryan Adams demonstrated what that statement meant by playing their guitars and demonstrating their mastery over the instrument. 

Though everyone loved the concert once they were in, but for many the journey to the venue was a nightmare. The crowd management was very poor and most of the die-hard Bryan Adams fans had to wait for nearly 4-5 hours. The crowd first had to queue up for converting the e ticket for a pass stub, then there was a bigger queue for security scanning and body frisking. Even packaged water bottles were not spared. The parking and handling of the vehicular traffic around the venue was another problem.

The Adams and Eves of Bangalore were ecstatic and weak kneed during the Bryan Adams Concert even though the buzz soon died out when it was time to leave, thanks to the traffic management. Hopefully the organizers will learn for their experience and realize that our legend Adam has more fan following among our Eves than they can imagine and pay more attention to detail.

Photo : Courtesy Bryan Adams official website

    • Syed Moinuddin Shahed
    • February 18th, 2011

    Me a great fan of Bryan Adams


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