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India set to embrace 'Summer of 69' star

India set to embrace  Summer of 69 star

New delhi: Spending over 30 years in the music industry, the 58-year-old Canadian singer is all set for his fifth tour to India with his gigs lined up across five cities – Ahmadabad (October 9), Hyderabad (October 11), Mumbai (October 12), Bengaluru (October 13) and Delhi NCR (October 14).

On his first trip to India, there were no cars to collect them, so he and his guitarist – Keith, got in a taxi from the airport. On the way to their hotel, they had to stop because an elephant had gone to sleep in the middle of the road. "That story would not happen anywhere else in the world, welcome to India," laughs Adams.

Regarded as one of the hardest records he ever made, 'Summer of 69' is a metaphor for a song rich in regret and the feelings of losing innocence. At some point, we all have to deal with the broken promise of youth and what that means, 69 addresses those feelings. Originally it was supposed to be called "the best days of my life" but the alliteration and double entendre of the words 'summer of 69' seemed to sum up the song better.

Everyone knows him as a musician, but not many know about his interest in seeing the world through the lens. He has shot almost all his album covers since the 90's and has worked with other artists on their album covers too. His next photography book is called Homeless, based on people living on the street in London.

Talking about his preparation for the upcoming concerts, he assures a great show in store – probably one of their best. "We spent months preparing this tour, it's a long way from our first tour of India where the light switches were large levers beside the stage. And, I'm always humbled by the reactions we got from the Indian audience," claimed the musician.

He further asserts that is not much difficult to be a star, but the most difficult part is maintaining the stardom. He wants people to get into music only because they love music, not with the purpose of becoming famous. The philanthropist added that one would set himself only to be disappointed if fame becomes the only driving factor.

The vegan Vancouverite would be performing universal hits like 'Run To You', 'Can't Stop This Thing We Started', 'Summer of '69', 'Cuts Like A Knife', 'Heaven', 'When You're Gone', 'Cloud Number Nine', 'Everything I Do I Do It For You', 'Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman', '18 till I die' as well as 'Ultimate Love' and 'Please Stay'.

ARIF MOHAMMAD

ARIF MOHAMMAD

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