KARACHI, Jan 29: On the day the US issued a travel advisory for its citizens, advising them against travelling to Pakistan, it was heartening to see Canadian rock star Bryan Adams arrive in Karachi for the charity concert, Rock for a Cause, for Shehzad Roy’s Zindagi Trust.
“I have been playing in India for the last 10 years and being here is part of coming back here again,” said the singer known for hits such as Please Forgive Me and Everything I Do, I Do It for You that was also included in the soundtrack of the Hollywood flick, Robin Hood, starring Kevin Costner. Besides this, Adams is also an acclaimed fashion photographer and a philanthropist
Bryan Adams is a fairly popular name in the urban sector and his albums have fared quite well with the local populace. Answering a question about his latest album called Anthology that contains 32 tracks and is contained in two CDs; the singer said that he had been focusing more on touring than coming out with an album. However, he said that he would be starting work on a new album soon.
Talking about the reason for him being here, Adams said that he was intrigued by Zindagi Trust’s ‘I Am Paid to Learn’ programme, focusing on the quake-hit regions of Pakistan and rebuilding and opening new schools there. “It is a noble charity and I am proud to be a part of it,” he added.
During his brief question and answer session with the members of the press, Adams also said that he had just landed in Karachi and his visit would be of two days only. On the last day he will be flying off to Islamabad.
Earlier, speaking to newsmen, singer Shehzad Roy gave details of the charity concert that took place at the Arabian Sea Country Club on Sunday night.
He said that he hoped to raise Rs20 million from ticket sales as Bryan Adams was a very popular name in Pakistan.
Roy welcomed Adams to Karachi, Pakistan on behalf of the people of Pakistan in both English and then in Urdu, saying that it was great to have the Canadian singer here to lend support for a noble cause.
Among those who also spoke on the occasion included David Collins, the Canadian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Samra Muslim of the Zindagi Trust, Ali Mehmood, Ahmed Khizar Khan and Salman Ahmed.