October 9, 2018, in Ahmedabad, could have been any ordinary balmy night waiting to get wintry but it was not. It was palpating with anticipation and honking of Olas and Ubers trying to reach the venue of Ultimate Tour of the Canadian singer with the velvet deep throat- Bryan Adams.
His concert started with – My name is Bryan.
ME : Yes yes I know ( and I was drooling ☺).
It was 1992 and I first heard the husky voice of Adams crooning Everything I doooooo and then I heard it again in my cul-fest and I fell in love with the voice and that gawky boy too. Thankfully it turned out to be a short-timed crush but the love affair of Bryan Adams continued.
The day I heard he will be in Ahmedabad I was adamant about attending I, and my dress and heels were chosen.
This tour has already mesmerized people from more than 53 countries across 4 continents so far.
The venue with his signature Orange billboards with clean-shaved BA welcomed you along with the supra-cool ultimate peeps which make you look the oh-so-billboard star.
Visual of Bryan with his own peeps was on the perfectly minimalist stage bring all the spotlight to the ageing but a superbly talented rock star.
Trivia: Bryan Adams band is called as the Dudes of Leisure or simply the Bryan Adams’ backing band and he uses same musicians always!
They entered the stage with the new song “we’re all searching for something, we’re all looking for love: much to the glee of bellowing boomers and in their 40s and 50s audience dreaming and reliving of a long-ago time when they heard him on cassette players.
The pied piper at one point turned it into massive karaoke session where the crowd was singing full throttle and showing the flashlights of their cell phone. Magical is the word! But not before telling us again and gain that it is a muggy night ( who cares when Bryan is in front)
The whole concert was full of zing and zest. Bryan started belting out one chart-topper after another and we were crazy and swaying and singing full-throatily muc to the dismay of my 17 yo) .
At one point he made the audience almost believe that Tina Turner will join him, the rogue singer then invited his guitarist, Keith Scott, to join him instead of Tina, disappointed but entrained. And I have to tell about the 40 spinning and choreographed LED “neon” tubes overhead, which dropped thrillingly fast at times, independently or in a shifting sheet formation. They were so amazing.
Charming, straightforward and — despite the swearing — remarkably wholesome, he bleted out around best of 21 songs including Summer of ’69, Run to You, Heaven, Cloud Number Nine, Everything I Do I Do It for You, Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman, When You’re Gone, 18 till I die, Can’t Stop This Thing We Started, Heaven, Cuts Like a Knife, Somebody and It’s Only Love as his, shall we say was crooned, rocked and whispered. Keith Scott, his chief guitarist was phenomenal. In between Adam clicked pictures of the crowd and Instagrammed it ( the cool quotient was so up!).
Adams ended the evening with a rendition of “Straight from the Heart” that left goose bumps.
What an enthralling night it was.