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Bryan Adams: Review

The Big Top Arena
Liverpool Summer Pops
Sunday July 23rd 2006

Bryan Adams live in concert 2006

Bryan Adams Live In Concert
Review Liverpool - July 06

Returning to Liverpool after a three-year absence, the Canadian legend that is Bryan Adams hit the Big Top Arena like a whirlwind to blow the audience away for a second time. Dressed in black t-shirt and blue jeans, Adams strolled onto the stage, waved and immediately took control of proceedings in his own inimitable style.

Blasting out hit after hit, the audience were treated to a performance of rare power that saw the singer barely bat an eye as the temperature in the auditorium soared to incredible levels. Starting off with So Far, So Good and Cant Stop This Thing We Started, the audience were immediately on their feet and remained standing for the full two hour thirty minute set.

More than ably supported by his band, especially guitar wizard Keith Scott and the tempo busting Mickey Currie on drums, the evening flew past.

All the hits were here. Summer Of Sixty Nine, The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me, Let’s Make A Night To Remember and Back To You as Bryan strutted the stage like a lion on a mission.

Highlights of the evening were reserved for three of his classic tunes. Cuts Like A Knife was performed with such verve and enthusiasm, it was possible to mistake it for a new song rather than for the classic it is. The audience took it to new heights, blasting out the requisite Na-Na’s in all the right places with gusto, as both Bryan and Keith egged them on. Everything I Do was sung so well, it remained as fresh and poignant as its record breaking run at Number 1 testifies, whereas the introduction of Emma from, of all places, London – a Cockney veterinary nurse chosen at random from a crowd of 4,500, brought a response from the crowd akin to her being Manchester United captain Gary Neville from the Scousers – as she belted out, literally, the Mel C bits of Baby When You’re Gone.

With the show closing on a string of ballads performed by Bryan Adams alone on acoustic guitar, including Please Forgive Me and All For Love, the concert closed as all good parties should, on a high, leaving the guests with the warm sensation of fulfilment of spending the evening in the company of someone who appreciates them as much as he himself is appreciated.

Chris High Interviews Bryan Adams prior to the concert...

Liverpool “just so right” to be Capital of Culture”, says Bryan Adams

Canadian Rock megastar, Bryan Adams, added his voice of support to Liverpool’s upcoming European Capital of Culture year in 2008. Before playing in front of a packed 4,500 strong audience at the city’s Big Top Arena, Adams, famous for worldwide hits such as Cuts Like A Knife, Summer Of Sixty-Nine and Everything I Do (I Do It For You) spoke about his admiration for the way the city is developing. “When I played here in 2003, Liverpool was a great and exciting city to be in. Now I’m back just three years later and it’s clearly improved still further. Winning the European Capital of Culture Award is an incredible and deserved compliment for Liverpool and its people, and its just so right that the city to has been honoured in this way.”
Bryan Adams was playing the Liverpool Summer Pops festival for the second time and had fond memories of his first outing under canvas. “Playing before people who appreciate music is always fantastic, but this is an audience who the gave the world The Beatles and was so doubly special. That night was a blast, it truly was, but I am sure that this will be even bigger and better.”


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