Everywhere he goes, the kid wants to rock
No doubt about it, Bryan Adams is still waking up the neighbours.
Having scooted out of his almost-three-hour-long concert on Sunday, June 17, the singalong going on in Interior Savings Centre could still be heard a couple of blocks away.
To call it a concert is wrong — it was a big love-in, with Adams soaking up the adulation and singing along with the sold-out audience that seemed to know every word to every song.
The B.C. rocker admonished security at the arena to let people stand up and dance — “and don’t be shining your flashlights in their faces” — all helping to build the party atmosphere.
This wasn’t about a new release or songs he’s just written — this was a celebration of the music that has made Adams the international star he has become.
It was also to mark, albeit a year too late, the 20th anniversary of Waking Up The Neighbours, perhaps the recording that most clearly defines his music.
All the hits were there: House Arrest, Somebody, Straight From the Heart, Do I Have to Say the Words — which was accompanied by a truly poignant video of a younger Adams — I’m Ready and Everything I Do, among so many more.
Best musical moment of the night? It had to be drummer Michael Curry banging on buckets, a wok and other kitchen utensils to create a pounding solo for If You Wanna Leave Me.
Next-best moment? It had to be how Adams shared the stage with his longtime bandmates, guitarist Keith Scott, bassist Norm Fisher and keyboardist Gary Breit.
This is the first tour they’ve done together in 20 years — and the magic is still there.
He may be middle-aged, but Adams still knows how to wake up the neighbours — and get them to rock out.