For many youngsters growing up in the 1980s and 1980s, Canadian singer Bryan Adams was a hero. He first performed at Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium in 1994, and subsequent shows have been jam-packed.
Naturally, popular star Shaan is excited about doing his own take of Bryan Adams hits this Saturday. He will perform in the fourth episode of the Jim Beam Originals series, presented by PayTM Insider and curated and produced by Turnkey Music and Publishing, and Music Plus.
“Having grown up in Bandra, Mumbai, I was exposed to a lot of music from the 1980s. There were bands like Duran Duran and a-ha, besides stars like Michael Jackson, George Michael, Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart, Billy Joel and Bryan Adams,” he says.
Shaan adds that he wanted to choose between Wonder, Stewart and Adams.
“Since Bryan has a lot of singalong favourites, I decided to go ahead with him. I used to play some albums like Reckless on loop. He also provides the right balance between hard rock and pop, and thus people relate to his songs,” he points out.
The band will include keyboardist Merlin D’Souza and guitarist Sarosh Izedyar.
“Sarosh has been regularly playing with me, and you must check his solo on Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?
Merlin’s a fabulous musician, and I asked her to put up the rest of the band.”
The setlist will include favourites like Summer Of 69, (Everything I Do) I Do It For You and Heaven. The singer explains that though he will stick to the core of the songs, he will add some of his own touches.
“We won’t just go and play songs back to back. There will be some banter between songs, some improvisation. We want to get closest to doing a live show,” he says.
Shaan’s tribute to Bryan Adams comes after the shows by Colonial Cousins, who covered the Eagles, sitar exponent Purbayan Chatterjee, who played Santana, and singer Benny Dayal. Coming a day after Christmas, it will add to the holiday mood.