Monday, February 06, 2006

Bryan Adams in Bangalore

Since I started listening to those pops and rocks, it was my secret ambition to attend one of those live concerts. I had to wait for long. I missed a chance when MLTR visited Bangalore recently. So this time, the plans were made well ahead and the enthusiasm of my friends helped a lot.

The Bryan Adams' Third Time Lucky concert at Palace Grounds was the first show of its kind I was attending. Watching him live, singing my favorite songs like "Summer of 69" and "Please Forgive me" with his magical guitar works was more than what I had asked for. The 15000 plus crowd, singing along with him with overwhelming excitement was an experience I'll never forget. His deep and touching voice made the show special and the scene of thousands swaying their hands in air with lit screen mobile phones, instead of candles, singing along Adams, was breath taking.

Many a times, Adams was swept over by seeing the crowd's response, and he said "You guys are just great. This is absolutely fantastic. I just don't know what to say!” More than two hours and 25 songs later, crowd was still hesitant to part with him and kept on asking for more, till he said a sudden good-bye and disappeared behind the stage.

Cameras were not allowed inside the venue. So we had to catch our excitement from the room, after the show (See the photo above). One of the photographers from "The Hindu" knew my feelings ;) and captured a photo of mine among the crowd, though my gloomy face (wondering how to get into the first row, for a better sight of the stage) is barely visible (first photo, left most, second row).


  1. Have a look at the lyrics of his famous Song and my friends favouite Summer of '69.

    SUMMER OF '69

    I got my first real six-string
    Bought it at the five-and-dime
    Played it till my fingers bled
    It was the summer of '69.

    Me and some guys from school
    Had a band and we tried real hard.
    Jimmy quit and Jodie got married
    I shoulda known we'd never get far.

    Oh, when I look back now
    That summer seemed to last forever
    And if I had the choice
    Yeah, I'd always wanna be there
    Those were the best days of my life.

    Ain't no use in complainin'
    When you've got a job to do
    Spent my evening's down at the drive-in
    And that's where I met you.

    Standin' at your mama's porch
    You told me that you'd wait forever
    And when you held my hand
    I knew that it was now or never
    Those were the best days of my life.

    Back in the summer of '69.

    Man, we were killin' time
    We were young and restless
    We needed to unwind.
    I guess nothin' can last forever
    Forever, no.

    And now the times are a-changin'
    Look at everything that's come and gone.
    Every time I play that old six-string
    Think about you, wonder what went wrong.

    Standin' by your mama's porch
    You told me it would last forever.
    Oh, the way you held my hand
    I knew that it was now or never.
    Those were the best days of my life.

    Back in the summer of '69.

    (Bryan Adams/Jim Vallance)