Monday, August 28, 2006 15:23 IST
Himesh Reshammiya's first US tour is a resounding success. The first of the 18-city concerts in Atlanta
held on the night of 28 July was was an unqualified sell-out.
The concert was attended by a record
crowd of 7,000 people. The lasts successful Bollywood concert (Temptations) in Atlanta was attended by
approximately 4,000 people.
And it's been the same story everywhere. "Anything I say will seem like self-projection. You have to be here
in the US to know what I'm experiencing. I can't believe I connect so well with the crowds. This one-on-one
with a live audience has been the best experience of my career so far," Himesh says from the US.
The organizer Vijay Tarneja of Elite entertainment who last organized the Shah Rukh-Saif-Preity-Rani
Temptations conrcertt informs that tickets for venues in New Jersey and Miami have already been sold out,
and Toronto where Himesh and troupe are expected to perform later, wants an encore concert even before
the first one has been held.
Says Tarneja, "I've been organizing Bollywood concerts for fifteen years. I've never before seen such mass
hysteria at any Indian concert. We've started calling Himesh the Music God. He generates a collective
frenzy that I've never seen before."
Tarneja puts Himesh's Aapka Suroor Live concerts above the Temptations concerts in terms of audience
participation. Tarneja sees this as a revival of fortune for Bollywood concerts abroad.
been a slump of late. But the US concerts prove that the right packaging and right artiste can still pack in
the audience. Maybe they were just bored of seeing the same thing. Agreed Himesh isn't a film star. But
he's as visible on the home medium as any Bollywood star."
Sa Re Ga Ma Pa finalist Himani Kapoor who accompanies Himesh on his US tour is speechless. "I've never
imagined anything like this. For about two hours Himeshji just captured the audience
. He sang all
their favourites live, and they went mad. They jumped on the seats, danced in the aisles, clapped and
whistled until the very end. Himeshji is India's first true rock star."
The man at the center of the frenzy tries hard to be modest. "This is my first direct connectivity with an
American audience. Their response is far beyond anything I had imagined. I'm very proud of what I've
But what really makes me proud is when people tell me I've revived the music industry
and now, Bollywood concerts abroad."