Bryan Adams made a welcome return to the FirstMerit Bank Pavilion to round out their summer of shows.

15-Sept-2016: Bryan Adams was previously scheduled to perform this show back in July but succumbed to the perils of an outdoor show and the stormy weather. Luckily he was able to reschedule and this time, there were no thunder clouds in sight.

Starting a little later than scheduled, Adams burst onto the stage and rattled through his 28-song setlist.

Everyone knows their fair share of the Canadian rocker’s songs, but it’s when you hear them all together, you realize there are way more than you thought, and the likelihood is you also know the lyrics, too.

Adams looked like he was enjoying every minute of the show as he rocked out to songs of yesteryear, and the fans more than lapped it up.

It’s impressive to think that Bryan Adams has been around since the early eighties and is still going strong, attracting crowds to venues bigger than many of his counterparts. His hits have clearly stood the test of time, with the audience often singing along and drowning Adams out. The audience was ecstatic when he performed favorites “Heaven,” “Cuts Like A Knife,” and “Summer of ’69.”

Despite a strong presence of the numerous hits from his impressive back catalog, Adams was also sure to include a good selection of songs from Get Up!, his new album. “Go Down Rockin'” and “You Belong To Me” had everyone on their feet, dancing and bouncing along.

Adams is known for his gritty rock voice, but it was great to see he has also managed to maintain his vocal range.

Whilst Adams may have the name on the ticket, something that is also worthy of a mention is his band. Keith Scott, Adams’ guitarist for the last 30 years, assisted in bringing the songs to life with some of the best-executed riffs whilst also swinging his guitar around his neck and playing with his teeth. Together, the band performed like a well-oiled machine.

The loudest cheers of the night had to be for the Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves theme song, “Everything I Do (I Do It For You)” as the audience proceeded to sing the 1991 classic word-for-word and with every bit as much passion as the guys on stage.

The American leg of the tour is at an end. Bryan Adams and company head to Europe for dates in October and again in February 2017.

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About The Author

Kirstine moved from the UK to Chicago in 2011, and has fallen in love with the city and its music scene. She enjoys combining her two biggest passions – music and photography. If there is a band with a guitar playing, chances are she’ll be there…camera in hand. Kirstine went to her first live concert at 7 years old, and hasn’t looked back since!

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