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'As a child, I dreamt of India'

Bryan Adams tells Yojana Sharma why he keeps coming back to the country.

india Updated: Feb 13, 2006 17:54 IST

Rock star Bryan Adams is scheduled to perform in Mumbai on February 4 and in Bangalore on February 5, after his tour of Pakistan - the first to the country by any major pop star.

In an exclusive interview to HindustanTimes.com on e-mail, Bryan Adams tells Yojana Sharma about his love for India, his future plans, his freaky memories and his love for vegetarianism.

This will be your third visit to India. Surely, you’re not an alien to the Indian culture and hospitality. What particularlymesmerises you about the country?

Indian people love music, so that is the first thing. There is a great energy in the country.I used to dream about going to India as a boy and now thatI can come there to sing and play music, it's incredible.

Bryan Adams at a press meet in Karachi. The rock star is scheduled to perform in India on Feb 4 and 5, 2006

If given a choice, what all places would you like to visit in India?


I would like to go to Calcutta. We've been trying to arrange a concert there for some time and we haven't been granted a permit to do so. Perhaps you could tell them I send my best wishes and hope that they will permit this one day.

Tell us more about your tour plans.

I tour for 10 days a month, so I do around 100 shows a year around the world every year.

Summer of 69 is an anthem now. What else will you play for your fans in Bangalore and Mumbai?

All of my hits and some new songs too.

Have you heard Indian classical music? Are you familiar with any Indian musician?

I love the Shankar family. Ravi and Anoushka are brilliant Indian musicians who have taken the music of India to the world. I'd like her to come and do a song with me live.

You will be visiting Pakistan for the first time. Are you apprehensive of the reactions from the conservatives there?

Not at all, there are just as many conservatives in other countries.

You became a veggie in 1989. Do you consider milk and dairy products in veggie diet or the non-veg stuff?

The only non-veggie thingI occasionally eat is butter. The rest is off-limits. I always say, if you love animals don't eat them.

Will you do any songs or albums to promote the veggie cult?

Not an easy task to make a song about...

But isn’t it difficult to remain a veggie when you have a hectic schedule, say a concert?

I think it's difficult to get a decent meal no matter if you're veggie or not. Being veggie is a complete state of mind. I'm happy to fast if I can't get a veggie meal.

After having won millions of hearts worldwide, what is it that you aspire to achieve?

Music has an extraordinary way of reaching people.I would never have expected my songs to have touched so many people in such a positive way, andI hope to continue making music for many years to come.

Tell us about people who influence your music.

Typically it's mostly rockin' things. I love guitar-based heavy rock but love folk and blues too. My favourite group at the moment is the Arctic Monkeys.

Tell us about one freaky memory that still haunts you.

The day I got sent off at school for the first time. I hated it.

What hopes do you have for your career in the future?

Touring sporadically, albums intermittently and sleeping periodically.

First Published: Jan 31, 2006 16:33 IST