With a crowd of over 15,000 swaying to the music, Mumbai was at its energetic and spirited best as Canadian rocker Bryan Adams belted out hits after hits at his rocking concert in Mumbai on Saturday night, inviting wah wahs from the audience.
"Wah! Kya Concert tha (what a concert)! Once in a lifetime chance," said Dev Kapoor, a chartered account, who was going ga-ga over the performances.
The audience broke into catcalls from the word go, when Adams kickstarted the concert. Just two songs later, Adams said, "Good evening everybody. My name is Bryan. Here I am". He took off his song "Here I Am" from that point, and the excitement level of the crowd soared with every strum of his guitar thereafter.
The stage was huge, with two massive screens adorning each of its side and one behind him, for the comfort of those who couldn't catch a meaty glimpse of the 51-year-old, who rocked as if he truly believes in "18 till I die!"
He sang around 20 songs including "Let's make a night to remember", "Please forgive me", "How do ya feel tonight" - but the audience didn't seem to have had enough of him. They went berserk as Adans sang "Summer of 69" and asked the audience to sing in between. But even a breather between two songs by Adams sent the crowd chanting 'Bryan, Bryan, Bryan'!
Dressed in black, Adams too was exhilarated about the response, saying, "I came first in 1994 and this is the fifth time I am performing in Mumbai. It's one of my best shows!"
He made sure to interact with the audience very well, and even invited a girl on stage to sing with him. Later, as he asked the 15,000 plus crowd to switch on their digital cameras and phone cameras, and go flash as he sang "Please forgive me", the MMRDA Ground in Bandra-Kurla Complex in Mumbai glittered like never before.
The concert also saw a performance by Indian choreographer Shiamak Davar, who danced to his popular songs with his famous troupe.
For once, Bollywood stars remained off the spotlight even as many of them enjoyed themselves being mere spectators to the wonder of Bryan Adams! Actors who were spotted at the gig included Rani Mukerji, Preity Zinta, Akshaye Khanna, Suneil Shetty, R Madhavan, Arshad Warsi with his wife Maria Goretti and Deepika Padukone with her rumoured beau Siddharth Mallya.
The audience left the venue satisfied.
"It's my second time at a Bryan Adams' concert. Last time I watched him in Bangalore and there's no doubt he is as good as he was last time," said Kamya, a media student.
"Dhamaal mach gaya hai," said Abhishek, a commerce student, who was drenched in sweat as he danced and hooted throughout the over two-hour concert.
Gaurav, a marketing manager, said, "It's the best Saturday night of my life!"
Adams himself signed off saying, "It's fantastic tonight - good night Mumbai! Take care!"
Adams is Mumbai to perform at the Micromax Bryan Adams Live in Concert India Tour. It started on Friday at Pune, and is now scheduled for Bangalore (Sunday), New Delhi (Tuesday) and Hyderabad (Wednesday).