Last Sunday I had the chance to check out Bryan Adams in concert up in St. Augustine with my friend Joan, and we both thought it was one of the best shows we’d seen in quite a while.
Adams is currently touring in support of the 30th anniversary of his pivotal album, Reckless, and the majority of the show was comprised of him playing the tracks from it.
So many hits! He started with “One Night Love Affair,” and powered through crowd favorites like “Run to You,” “Somebody,” “Summer of ’69,” and everybody’s 1985 prom song, “Heaven.”
What I found interesting was that instead of wearing a wireless mic, he had three mic set ups on stage: one in the center, and one on each corner of the the stage, so he could sing to the audience on either side.
When he got to “It’s Only Love,” his duet with Tina Turner, the jumbotron at the back of the stage morphed a photo of his face to start singing her part. Very weird but funny. He then took over for the rest of the song.
Other non-“Reckless” hits he performed included “I Do It For You,” “Please Forgive Me,” “Cuts Like a Knife,” and “The Only Thing That Looks Good on Me Is You.”
As we listened to hit after hit, we were constantly reminded what a great songwriter Adams is, as well as how many of our life’s memories are tied into hearing his songs.
The funniest part of the night is when he dedicated a song to a random girl in the audience. He’s telling her to shake what she has, and getting slightly naughty with her. At the end, he asked her who she was there with and she pointed to the man next to her saying it was her father. Adams just started laughing like the answer couldn’t have been better if he had planned it. He then apologized to the father and gave them some tour swag.
He came out for a brief encore with his band, but then sent them off while he finished with his last two songs, “Straight From the Heart,” and “All for You.” Both were performed acoustically, just Adams and his guitar, and the simple performance only underscored the beauty of both songs.
I’m also happy to say that even 30 years later, Adams still has an amazing voice and seemed to have no problems hitting the high notes when he had to.
Overall, this one of the best concerts I’ve been to in a while. Bryan Adams and his band delivered a night of great memories and music.
I also really enjoyed the venue. It was my first time at the St. Augustine Amphitheater, and looking around the venue, I didn’t see many bad seats – just a few with obstructed views. The majority of the seats were covered, except for section 300 in the very back. This proved helpful when the daily Florida summer thunderstorm rolled over just prior to Adams taking the stage.
Extra thanks to the staff of the St. Augustine Amphitheater, especially GM Ryan Murphy who helped straighten out a small snafu prior to the show. I’d definitely see a show there anytime!
Adams is still on tour in the U.S., and you can find a complete list of dates at his website, bryanadams.com.
Disclaimer: I received tickets to the show for review purposes. As always, my opinions are my own.
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