Bryan Adams, The Greek Theatre, July 6, 2016
It would be the perfect night under the stars at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, and the evening was destined to be filled with the vibrantly classic rock and roll songs of the one and only Bryan Adams. Now touring across the country in support of his new critically acclaimed album Get Up, Bryan Adams and his band certainly had the near sold out audience standing and cheering to epic crowd favorites as well as the brand new songs. There was no opening act – just Adams as his band commencing a blazing rock show at 8:15PM and unleashing the goods throughout the over two hour presentation.
Opening the set with the rollicking refrains of Do What You Gotta Do from Get Up and the quickly following up with Can’t Stop This Thing We Started from Waking Up The Neighbours, Bryan Adams immediately had the crowd on their feet and singing along. As the sun was descending with night now upon us, Adams and crew offered two of his biggest hits early on – Run To You and Heaven – with the much revered singer performing both selections with a good amount of passion and intensity.
The glorious tunes from a brilliant career continued to envelope the Greek Theatre attendees – featuring dynamic entreaties such as Kids Wanna Rock, This Time and the Summer of ’69. Adams would fearlessly perform several songs acoustically throughout the set, including When You’re Gone from On A Day Like Today and Straight From The Heart from Cuts Like A Knife. And speaking of Cuts Like A Knife, the entire venue transformed into an epic sing along when Adams and band unveiled this sparkling gem from the past.
One of the most wonderful moments of the show involved Adam’s interactions with the crowd. Adams selected two audience members from way in the back of of the Greek and moved them up to front row seats half way during the set. And then there was a booty shaking dance-off where Adams bestowed a gift band upon a festive participant and her husband (who Adams jokingly asked “Is that your dad?”).
Towards the end of the set, Adams performed the rambunctious 18 Til I Die, not only his theme song but a tremendous anthem for rock and rollers of all ages. After the sizzling The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You heated up the Greek Theatre, Adams and band would return for a grand encore! Amongst the sonic treats presented at the end of the show were raging covers of C’mon Everybody by Eddie Cochran and All Shook Up by Elvis Presley – infinitely presenting to the crowd a few of Adam’s own rock and roll influences from the past. In the present day, Bryan Adams still can rock your world with his vast catalog of tunes, proving this fact tenfold throughout the entire show. An absolutely unforgettable night at the Greek with timeless songs that bring back memories as well as inspire a whole new set of experiences one will remember for the rock and roll ages ahead. Be sure to check into Bryan Adams’ new album Get Up, now available from UME Records!
(Review and Photo by Ken Morton)
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