Bryan Adams Plays Pakistan
Mon, 30 Jan 2006 14:43:31
We love making fun of Canadian rocker turned schmaltz-peddler Bryan Adams, but even we have to give the man props for stepping up and performing a benefit concert last weekend for victims of the earthquake that struck Pakistan, India and Afghanistan on Oct. 8, killing 87,000 people.
Lots of musicians do benefit concerts, but what makes Adams' show so unusual was that he chose to perform in Karachi, the largest city in Pakistan, where no Western pop star has performed since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
"The whole idea of coming to Pakistan is very exciting on many levels," Adams told an afternoon news conference. "It's exciting because I know we are the first Western artists to come and play a big concert here. We are going to raise a lot of money hopefully to help rebuild some schools in the areas that have been devastated."
The U.S. State Departement issued a travel advisory citing terrorism concerns just days before the concert, but in true Canadian style, Adams said he unconcerned about the potential risks.
It's not clear yet how much the concert raised, but 22,000 tickets were reportedly sold at prices as high as $83.
-- The ARTISTdirect Staff