BRYAN ADAMS @LG Arena, Birmingham 19/11/14


Was buying a ticket for this gig just plain stupid or merely Reckless? Is it still the Summer Of 69? Do Kids Wanna Rock after all this time, were there any kids there? All this and more answered

Having been gifted a couple a tickets for this show (why didn’t you explain how that happened? Slightly poorer and taught a lesson Ed), the evening before the gig. I went with little expectations of the night to come.

Last time I saw Bryan Adams was in 1991 at Milton Keynes Bowl supporting ZZ Top alongside Little Angels, Thunder and Paul Rodgers and The Law.

A little after eight and the lights dim and the opening bars to “Reckless” wring out as Mr Adams heads on stage in front of a giant screen showing the artist in black and white profile.

Although this is a tour based around the 30th anniversary re-issue of the Reckless album, the title track didn`t make the original vinyl release because vinyl was limited to 10 songs.

The concert moves swiftly on with “One Night Love Affair,” “She’s Only Happy When She’s Dancing” and “Run To You” which has the majority of the audience up dancing and clapping along. “Heaven”, “Kids Wanna Rock”, “Its Only love” made famous with Tina Turner, “Long Gone” with Bryan playing harmonica as well as guitar. “Somebody”, “Ain’t Gonna Cry”, “Summer of 69” and “Let Me Down Easy” follow. A song covered by none other than Roger Daltry, such is the calibre of the artists writing.

I never really gave Bryan credit for his guitar playing but I’m mightily impressed tonight.“(Everything I Do) I Do it for you”, ensures that the arena is lit up with mobile phones as opposed to lighters in the olden days !!
Plenty more of the hits, including, “Cuts Like A Knife”, “Can`t Stop This Thing We Started” and “Please Forgive Me” are aired.

But then dammit if there aren’t plenty more. “When You`re Gone” with with Mel C, “18 Till I Die”, “Cloud # 9” follow before the set’s closing number of of the excessively dumb but rather catchy, “Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You.”

A couple of minutes of clapping, screaming and foot stamping precedes the encore with Bryan returning alone to complete a few numbers acoustically. “You`ve Been a Friend To Me”, the Eddie Cochran classic “C`mon Everybody”, “She Knows Me” and “Straight From The Heart”.

The final number of the night is “All For Love” where the area is almost in daylight with the mobile phones lighting up the place in a most amazing way.

A superb two hour show packed with numbers I didn’t realise I knew. Hats off to Mr Adams, I really enjoyed this show. There are few artists that can make the cavernous LG Arena feel like a small club, but this guy certainly did.

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