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Some more of 69!

Bryan Adams reacts to HT Cafe survey across Mumbai’s pubs and karaoke bars that reveals Summer of 69 as the most played track in town, 51-year-old Canadian rockstar, usurped by India alone, floors the city fourth time on.

music Updated: Feb 14, 2011 16:30 IST

In October 2009, HT Café conducted a survey in the city to find out the most popular song played in nightclubs. Surprisingly Bryan Adams’s anthem Summer of 69 came up trumps, 16 years after it first released in 1984. A year later, in October 2010, we again surveyed karaoke bars in Mumbai to find out what the most played song was and the winner, yet again, was Summer of 69. So what makes this song written by Jim Vallance and Bryan Adams so popular in the city? Adams, before his Mumbai concert on Saturday, said, “It is perhaps the fact that everyone looks back on a particular summer in their lives with fondness. They can remember their first kiss and that’s what the song is all about, making love in the summer and the nostalgia related to it. The Bryan Adams of today and that of Summer of 69 are the same. All this success is a total mystery to me. A song was good if I liked it at the time of writing. Then I would record it.” Just before the Mumbai concert the rockstar revealed that his all time favourite song was 18 till I die.

The response to this year’s concert was lukewarm, especially when compared to Adams’s previous three in the city. Perhaps it was the steeply priced tickets that kept fans away.

The Silver enclosure, priced at Rs 2,000, had the maximum crowd while the Gold tickets, priced at Rs 4,000, was filled less than half its capacity. Strangely, those in the most expensive area where tickets cost Rs 10,000 had the worst seats, as far as the view was concerned.

The concert kicked off with ‘One night love affair’ which had the over 20,000 strong audience cheering wildly. Then Adams sang Somebody, which is one of his lesser-known tracks. “My name is Bryan Adams and here I am,” said the Canadian singer while introducing himself before singing, Here I am, this is me, there’s nowhere else on earth I would rather be... It was followed by, How do ya feel tonight and Can’t stop this thing we started. Adams then asked the audience to switch on their mobile cameras and said, “I want to look at everybody, I want to know how you look,” he added before crooning his most popular ballad, Everything I do. Suddenly, the venue was as bright as a full moon night.

“In 1994 during my first concert in Mumbai at a cricket stadium, there was this guy who came running on stage, grabbed the mic and said, ‘Thought I’d died and gone to heaven,’” said Adams just before dedicating the song to that particular fan. Summer of 69, which came much later received the loudest whistles and cheers.

The audience clearly couldn’t get enough of Adams. He tried to wind up the show twice, but he eventually decided to continue performing because the audience wanted him to. He finally wound up after doing a solo acoustic rendition of All for love and told the audience to sing the parts by Sting who had sung the number with him in The Three Musketeers OST.

Adams and his band members Mickey Curry, Norman James Fisher, Keith Douglas Scott and Gary Peter Breit wrapped up yet another exciting Mumbai concert. “Thank you Bombay, you are an awesome crowd,” said Adams before signing off.