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Posted on 16 February 2011
SOCIETY & CULTURE  
MUSIC

Bryan Adams will settle on fresh date for Delhi concert

Fans upset at cavalier treatment at the hands of the organisers

Yasodhara Rakshit
New Delhi

BRYAN ADAMS

A day after the Delhi Police cancelled Canadian singer songwriter Bryan Adams’s concert citing security reasons, the curtain has finally fallen on a day of hectic worries, confused organisers, irate police and angered fans. Well, almost.

After Micromax, the company which organised the tour, told Tehelka that the concert was on 16 February, today, they have removed dates of Adams’s Delhi concert from their website. When contacted, Micromax commented, “The Delhi concert is definitely cancelled and there are no immediate plans to reschedule it.”

This has led to intense disappointment and anger amongst fans, who had already booked their tickets and passes. Gaurav Parashar, a student of Delhi University’s Ramjas College, complains about how there will be no reimbursement by the organisers. “Instead, they are saying that the Delhi tickets would be exchanged for Hyderabad, where Adams is performing tonight. I mean, how ridiculous is this? Who is going to go to Hyderabad in six hours?” he asks.

Good point that. The organisers at the grounds of National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) in Okhla, where the concert was to be held, are equally at sea as the number of people standing outside waiting for a refund or any information, under a sea of umbrellas protecting them against the lashing rain.

Adhiraj Deb had booked ‘Gold-class’ tickets at Rs 4,000 each for his entire family, which he wants reimbursed. “It’s bad enough contending with my disappointed daughters, but to lose so much of money over it? Impossible,” he said shivering outside the concert venue. The NSIC refused to comment.

As evidenced by Adams’s own tweet, which he posted at 4 a.m. IST, his five city tour will skip Delhi. “Concert in Delhi cancelled,” the tweet said, leaving no room for doubt.

As the dust seemed to be finally settling down on the matter, film actor Sunil Shetty, for whose NGO, Save the Children, Adams was helping to raise funds by the concert, commented that Adams would ‘definitely be back’ and that ‘he would not disappoint his fans’. Speaking to the media in Mumbai, Shetty said, “After his Nepal and Bangladesh tour, we will settle on date for Delhi.”

Both Micromax and NetSurf Entertainment, when contacted, refused to confirm this development. So we are back to square one, befuddled and confused, wondering where everything went wrong. We just wanted some music, that’s all.


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