If anyone could be excused for having a rock star’s distant, aloof persona, it would be Imran Khan. But that’s simply not him; he exudes a genuine likability and unforced charm that flattens any barriers between him and a live audience.
Fitting in that Friday night at the Royal Rodale , Imran Khan and his solid bass surveyed an entire genre in the space of two hours and more than half a dozen songs.
Imran looks like he’s hardly aged a day. Clad in his customary western style shirt and with a black leather jacket that shows no evidence of either a true rock star, he’s as wiry as ever, stalking the stage, grinning continuously, making the occasional rocker pose and exhibiting an unabashed enthusiasm. His stage presence resembles that of a man still swept up in the initial surge of success, spinning off his tunes with abandon as if surrounded by a circle of friends.
Last but not least his signature chain style with his logo pendent in it.. Way to go…
The opening song was predictable: his most famous or should I say the reason being famous song “Amplifier”.
The night’s first Fab Four tracks –
Bounce Billo (that makes me cranky)
DJ Bobby executed their parts with diligence, particularly drummer, who quite simply, is one of the best in the biz. Yet the music was played without flash or bluster, eschewing glitz and gimmickry in favor of a common, just-plain-folks presentation. It was, pure and simple, an inspirational example of a heartland hero at work, and a rousing example of how the redemptive power of rock ‘n’ roll can serve as salve for the spirit.
The all-ages crowd gave a group laugh. One lucky cute kid get a chance to bounce with him on stage at bounce billo . The moment of awee I guess J
Those personal little glimpses into pop lore, interspersed between songs that span and connect generations past, present and future, brought performer and audience ever closer.
The show was further embellished by a number of equally relevant covers by Zia-ud-din & Quizar– and is among them. In fact, some of the remakes were particularly significant.
Personal bias: The only other song I would have liked to have heard was “hona tha pyar,” by Zia-ud-din although it was not his personal part of the music he came on.
And for the Quizar’s the solo he sang “sayyiaan” was like able.
Random detail: While most of the members of the band were likely young enough and the musicians seemed on an equal plateau.
Let’s hope he continues to do just that.
By the way: Concerts that reflect a legacy like this don’t come around very often.