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Wanted: A willing promoter for rock star Bryan Adams’ show in India

Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams says that he’d love to come to India for the fifth time — as a part of his Get Up world tour — but he can’t find any promoter to organise his concerts in the country.

music Updated: Dec 20, 2017 12:10 IST
Samarth Goyal
Samarth Goyal
Hindustan Times
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In February this year, Bryan Adams had shared a photo on social media, hinting at a possible concert in India.

Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams’ love affair with India continues, but right now, there’s an unhappy twist in the tale. Adams, 58, has performed in India on four occasions already — the last time was in 2011 — and he’d love to do a fifth tour. However, what stands between him and fans is an abyss: the absence of a willing concert promoter.

“Please let everyone know [that] I really want to come and perform in India, but we can’t find a promoter to put the tour on,” says Adams, in an e-mail interview with us. The Summer of 69 singer had, in February this year, shared a photo on his social media account, hinting at the possibility of returning to India for the fifth time, as a part of his Get Up world tour. But he’s disappointed that this isn’t happening, as of now.

“I’ve had an excellent relation with Indian fans over the years,” says Adams. “We were the first Western artists to perform in a stadium in India, back in the early ’90s [and] it has been a huge love affair since then. I don’t understand why we can’t get [the tour] started. [Someone] should do an investigative report on what’s going on.”

Back in 2011, the Bryan Adams concert in Delhi was cancelled, because the promoters weren’t able to get a no-objection certificate from Delhi Police for the show. But Adams performed in Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, and Kolkata. More than the fans, Bryan was disappointed that he couldn’t perform in Delhi. “The last time we came, we went all the way to New Delhi and the officials cancelled the concert on the day of the show. It was incredibly disappointing, as I had a crew of 40 people there and a promoter that was all ready to make it work, but there was some ‘unknown problem,’” says the singer, whose 1991 song (Everything I Do) I Do It For You is a perennial radio favourite in India.

Adams recently released his album, Ultimate. Although musicians prefer to release singles rather than albums, Bryan confesses he still loves releasing full records. “Yes, [that’s] right and albums are slowly dying, but not everywhere and not yet,” he says. “So as long as they still make them, I’ll release them. I’m a singer/songwriter; you don’t stop creating just because the business has gone. I’d still write songs and release them, even if I never made another penny. Come to think of it, that’s basically what is happening,” says Adams, who adds that he’s worried about the next generation of musicians.

“[My journey as an artist] has been a technological roller-coaster, which ultimately was sunk by the Internet and free streaming of music,” says Adams. “I had good days, but my worry is: what will the new songwriters do? Will they have forty-year careers like me and my contemporaries? It remains to be seen.”

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First Published: Dec 20, 2017 12:10 IST