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Stones sell out Bombay
The Rolling Stones in Bangalore
The group played in Bangalore on Friday
The Rolling Stones' second Indian concert in Bombay (Mumbai) on Monday was a sell-out, after fears that young music fans were ignoring the band.

The band kicked off the show at city's Brabourne Stadium with Brown Sugar, to the delight of 25,000 fans.

Many waved placards and shouted "We love you Mick Jagger!"

The band's first concert in India, as part of their Licks World Tour was held Friday in the southern city of Bangalore, but was not sold out.

Despite reports of great excitement about the Indian concerts, the final tickets for the Bombay concert were sold with just hours to go.

"I'm picking up tickets for friends from Delhi who have finally said they can make it," said Piyush Prasanna, 38, a senior advertising manager, at a Bombay record shop on Monday.

He said the concert was a "trip down memory lane" for his former college friends.

I came here to experience the stage performance of Mick Jagger
Desh Niranjan
at the Bangalore gig
The Stones have already performed 50 sell-out concerts in the US and eight in Australia.

They brought forward their Indian tour by almost a week after cancelling concerts in Hong Kong because of the Sars illness sweeping the Far East.

Between 10,000-20,000 people turned out to see them in Bangalore on Friday.

"I am not tuned into Rolling Stones but I came here to experience the stage performance of Mick Jagger," hotel employee Desh Niranjan said at the show.

"On the one hand I do not understand their type of music and I listen to Metallica and other rock bands. It is to see their skills that I came here for."

Lawyer N Sandeep, 26, said: "It is one of the greatest bands I have heard of but not listened to. It is great to experience the atmosphere."

The Rolling Stones in Bangalore
The band's China shows were cancelled in the Sars health scare
Another young music lover, Chris Avinash, said the Stones had not received exposure in India like other acts such as Pink Floyd and Dire Straits.

"You should understand that most of the young generation has not been brought up on a Stones diet," he said.

The shows involve digital plasma screens relaying footage from the stage, along with a 240,000-watt sound system, special effects and hundreds of mobile lights.

Eight sea containers are delivering video support systems, a self-standing stage and prefabricated roof.




SEE ALSO:
Stones thrill in soggy Bangalore
04 Apr 03  |  Entertainment
Red tape 'delayed Stones India tour'
02 Apr 03  |  Entertainment
Bug halts Stones' China shows
28 Mar 03  |  Entertainment
Stones shows sell out in minutes
06 Dec 02  |  Entertainment


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