It will be an Indian band that will have the chance to open for Bryan Adams in the Pune leg of his upcoming tour, the Bryan Adams Live Full Band Show World Tour. Rockathon, a rock band contest, is a plum opportunity for bands all over the country to compete for the honour.
The Canadian rocker, who is returning to India five years after his 2006 tour, has a massive fan following here and will be returning for the third time after his maiden tour in 2001. He is slated to perform in five cities over a six-day period. His concert in Pune will be the first in the tour, and is slated to be a 90-minute performance.
“We’ve received responses from around 60 bands from Pune, Mumbai, and even Shillong and Darjeeling,” says Keyur Godse, owner of Sixteen By Sixty-Four Media, the organisers of the contest as well as the concert.
The only requirement for bands who wished to enrol themselves was to share their contact information and upload and share a 15-minute clip of them playing on YouTube, or directly send the same on a DVD to the company, A judging panel, boasting of names such as Shital Chandra Kulkarni have offered their services to shortlist the entries. “We will see the genre of all bands that are playing, the sounds they are trying to produce, and the kind of tightness they will eventually have on stage. The application of their sound on the final day is most important as it’s not only about a competition, it’s about opening for an international act,” says Kulkarni.
Free for all
And what kind of band are they looking for? “We would prefer them to be in sync with Bryan’s performance, but we aren’t putting any restrictions on the genre. What is important is to get a good band,” says Godse.
February 11 — Pune
February 12 — Mumbai
February 13 — Bengaluru
February 15 — New Delhi
February 16 — Hyderabad