Boyce Avenue wraps up Indian musical affair in Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS) A glimpse into the fairytale romance with “Cinderella”, a twist to Adele’s popular song “Hello”, a sneak peak into the sounds of their latest album “Road Less Traveled” accompanied by an acoustic musical wave – that’s how Boyce Avenue brought an end to their India tour. The American boy band spread the message of love with their music here with a promise to be back soon with their sound box.

The band, comprising Alejandro, Fabian and Daniel Manzano, which found fame through the digital route after becoming a YouTube sensation, plugged in their musical chord at ‘U/A’ festival on Valentine’s Day on Sunday.

The two-day festival, which began on February 13, was held at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium near India Gate here

The trio, who found their ticket to fame by uploading covers on YouTube before releasing original music in 2009, presented different moods with their music with a mix of original as well as cover songs.

Keeping the mushiness of Valentine’s Day intact, the concert was all about love, affection and longing. With heart cutouts hanging on the stage, acoustics ruled the evening with a blend of guitar notes with fast-paced beats.

Striking an instant connection with the music lovers, Alejandro also stated, “Tonight, it’s all about us”.

They pumped in the energy into the crowd by saying, “Hey, New Delhi!”, “Such an amazing crowd”, “Having a good time?”, “Thank you guys for coming out”, “New Delhi is going to make some noise”, “You got some good singers out there”. In fact, when Alejandro said “I love you”, music lovers gave back the love with more zeal and enthusiasm.

Alejandro, who kept on switching guitars after almost all songs, said: “We just made available our latest album and we will play lots of new song from that”.

They rolled out songs like “Cinderella”, “One life”, Pick yourself back againa, and “Be somebody”.

Alejandro played with the audience’s mood, and energy level. He asked, “How many discovered us through YouTube?”, and started with cover of “All of me”.

“We love you guys. Happy Valentine’s Day by the way…Help me sing this one”, Alejandro said, and when the crowd cheered on, he made way for the cover song of “Hello”.

He gave a ‘desi’ twist to Adele’s “Hello” with a changed line: “I am in New Delhi dreaming about who we used to be”.

“Thank you for coming out and making it special. It is bitter sweet because it is our last show in India and we saved the best for the last. We love you guys. Before coming to India, we were sceptical, but after seeing your passion and love we promise it is not the last time we come here,” Alejandro said.

Hues of red, blue, green and white gave a colourful dimension to the surreal ambiance.

Music lovers, especially youngsters, flocked towards the stage as a moth to the flame as soon as the sounds and beats from the house of Boyce Aveneue started streaming across the venue.

In the end, as the crowd asked for an encore, the band members were compelled to come back on the stage.

However, some people from the crowd seemed disappointed. They were complaining over the less number of cover tracks and more of original songs in the concert, considering cover songs brought them into spotlight.

Other than Delhi, Boyce Avenue performed in Mumbai and Bengaluru during the tour. Bollywood talent house Farhan Akhtar’s gave the fest a musical start by getting the party started with popular tracks like “Sindbad the sailor”, “Rock on”, “Senorita” and “Dil chahta hai”.

Music was not the only attraction of the festival. Other crowd pullers were an immersive theatre experience, ukulele playing, 3D printing and other U/A workshops.

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