Adams rocks Mile One showcasing catalogue of nostalgic hits

Ken Simmons
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The rolling Twitter feed on the big screen just reflected the excitement of the near-full house at Mile One Wednesday as the gathered masses waited for Bryan Adams to take the stage.

It’s been just about six years years since Adams last played Mile One, almost as long as it has been since the Canadian star released a studio album. (His 10th, released in 2008, was titled “11.” Must have been the amp volume.)

Still, for the thousands who braved downtown parking to attend the opening show of his Canadian tour, he is as fresh as today’s biggest star.

Unlike today’s stars, however, Adams has a catalogue full of hit songs to lay on the expectant crowd, and his show is infinitely more polished.

It probably helps that he already has a few dates under his belt in Europe, most recently in Munich March 30, and that he’s been performing with guitarist Keith Scott since he was a wee lad.

Bryan Adams in concert is not exactly like Bryan Adams on disc. On stage, he gives just about every tune a keen edge — except when the song warrants a dirty rumbling, as did “Kids Wanna Rock” — but even the ballads that had boyfriends smiling and nodding in the 1980s had today’s husbands banging their heads.

In “Heaven” and “I’m Ready” and others, Norm Fisher’s bass pushes through strongly, Mickey Curry’s drums are a little more insistant, Scott’s guitar breaks wails that little bit harder. (Gary Breit rounds out the stage crew on keyboards.)

But it is Adams himself who whips the crowd into an early frenzy and keeps them there through more than two hours. He works the stage, and the crowd, running to mikes posted on each end of the stage and the centre, playing to each section, giving each one that personal touch.

Around him, camera operators catch images that are cut together for live streaming video on the big screen, except when it’s churning in psychedelic colours, except when lasers are slicing the air above the dancing, cheering floor. This is the whole entertainment package. What can you say? The dude’s a pro.

On this night, it is hard to believe you could find one person to disagree.

Ken Simmons is The Telegram’s new media editor.

Twitter @Ken_Simmons_NL/Tumblr

Geographic location: Europe, Munich

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Recent comments

  • jeffer
    April 13, 2012 - 19:46

    simmons and the rest of the commentators needs to get a life. and some musical taste.

    • satish
      April 15, 2012 - 00:11

      @jeffer one who has to get a musical taste and life is u ..!

  • Willomena
    April 13, 2012 - 13:47

    One of the best shows I have ever seen. Lively crowd with lots of singing and dancing. I don't think there was one person who attended that would say any different!

    • Michelle
      April 13, 2012 - 17:46

      An absolutely amazing show...gave me goosebumps...Best concert I have attended in a very long time!! Bryan we love you, YOU ROCK..

  • Bear
    April 12, 2012 - 11:24

    Just checking reviews, have tickets for me and wife here in Kingston on May 2. Yep! can't wait, you have me pumped. Sounds great, have never seen him, but have been a long time listener, I won't even say how long. Thanks for your coments again people.

  • gary
    April 12, 2012 - 10:08

    Yes, the concert was just amazing. Bryan really rocked the house !!!! Like Donna said, the 16 yr old girl made the place rock even harder. She did a great job and got over her nerves very quickly shouting out the words to the song. Great job !!!! With no opening act, he got the croud rocking right from the start, even after 2 hours we were still pumped up... Amazing performer and knows how to party...

  • Bob
    April 12, 2012 - 09:57

    A true professional! My wife and I rocked with the packed house last night. Just a fantastic show! Despite the fact I've been listening to him for 30 years, and been to two of his concerts, I go again, over and over. Adams is like a fine wine, just keeps getting better!

  • Donna LeDrew-Hunt
    April 12, 2012 - 08:26

    This concert was absolutely amazing. I grew up with this music but to see so many young people and they knew the words to all these songs is fantastic. He certainly rocked the mile one, bursting with energy! When he chose from the audience and ended up with a 16 year old girl from Corner Brook I was astonished that she could stand there and sing along with him knowiing every word to the song. Totally amazing and she did a fantastic job!