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Richard Marx plays Bappa’s guitar

Update : 17 May 2017, 09:53 PM
US contemporary and pop/rock singer-songwriter, Richard Marx, performed in Bangladesh for the first time ever on Tuesday evening. The crowd witnessed an evening of unmitigated rock, with the sensational artist in an all black outfit, and his signature raspy voice. Unlike the appearance of Marx, the acoustic guitar he was playing on stage was a little familiar to the local audience, which has added a new dimension to the excitement. But the reason behind their hush-hush got revealed after a few moments when Shahan Kobond, the band manager of famous Bangladeshi band, Dalchhut, confirmed that the guitar Marx was playing throughout the concert actually belongs to Bappa Mazumder, the Dalchhut frontman. “Marx’s favourite guitar broke unfortunately, while unloading from the plane on Tuesday morning, and left Marx in a dilemma as he did not bring any extras. Marx then went on to ask the organisers from Creinse Limited, for a new guitar with specific requirements, without which, performing in the evening will be difficult for him,” said Kobond. The organisers started their quest for the guitar Marx needed. However, it wasn’t easy to find a guitar with these specifications at such a short notice. The news reached Bappa Mazumder, who then came forward to help Marx by lending his own guitar of the same kind. “I came to know about the incident around afternoon and found out that my favourite Taylor guitar meets all the requirements Marx had asked for. Without a moment of hesitation, I agreed to hand it over to him. Although, due to some personal reason, I was unable to join the show, but it’s actually a pleasure for me to be able to help an artist of his stature with my own guitar,” said Bappa Mazumder. Titled as ‘Richard Marx Live in Dhaka’ the concert was held in Bangabandhu International Conference Centre, on Tuesday evening. Young local guitarist, Kazi Faisal, also played in the famous track ‘Hazard’ alongside Marx. Consumer engagement, music and entertainment company, Creinse Limited, hosted the event featuring the musician. Born in 1963, the songwriter and producer’s nearly three-decade-long career has had innumerable highlights. The Chicago native had a stream of hit singles in the late 1980s and 1990s. The talented singer’s work includes both ballads and classic rock, such as “Don’t Mean Nothing,” “Should’ve Known Better,” “Satisfied,” and “Too Late to Say Goodbye.” Marx placed himself in the record books by being the first solo artist to have his first seven singles hit the Top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
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