Where the Bands Are (Bryan Adams)

I was 11 years old when Bryan Adam’s fourth studio album Reckless hit the music stores in November 5th, 1984. It became a success in Sweden, in competition with Bruce Springsteen’s mega hit album Born In the USA. Reckless features classic hit songs like Summer of 69, Heaven and Run to You and has sold over 12 million copies worldwide.

Summer of 69 is an up-tempo rock song. The lyrcis are about a young man who buys his first guitar, joins a band and falls in love. The original title was: “Best Days of My Life” but the title was changed just before it was released. The song was released as a single in Sweden in June 1985 and became a huge hit during 1985 and reached the top of the charts in the beginning of 1986.

The song Heaven is a straight forward love song about a guy falling in love with a girl. I have vivid memories of slow dancing to that song during numerous school dances in middle school, with a boy’s arms tightly wrapped around me, butterflies in my stomach.

From 1980- until present day, Bryan Adams has released twelve studio albums and six compilation albums. On 3 November 2017, Bryan Adams released his sixth compilation album, titled Ultimate and the tour with the same name began in New Zealand on 2 January 2018. This is his 19th concert tour. On 28 April the tour reached Gothenburg.

When it comes to rock ‘n’ roll there’s no need to complicate things. Give me a singer with a distinctive voice, a talented lead guitarist, a bass player, a drummer and a piano player and put them on a stage – nothing more and nothing less. That’s what Bryan Adams and his back-up band offered tonight.img_2568

Now add an excited audience and a string of massive hits and you have fulfilled the goal for the evening.

Give it to me straight from the heart

There’s no doubt that Bryan Adams still has it. The voice is there and he looks remarkably healthy and fit as he enters the stage wearing a smooth looking jacket to a white shirt and blue jeans. img_2592

The mega hits Heaven and Summer of 69 are turned into sing-alongs. It’s only love and Cuts like a knife are rocky as hell, but the show feels a bit rushed, one song after another are piled on top of each other and suddenly it’s time for the encores, after 22 songs in only 1,5 hours. Straight from the heart is beautifully executed in an acoustic version and the show closes with yet another acoustic song, All for love.

The show is over, after exactly 2 hours.

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