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Betley Court Farm
Stoke on Trent
11th August 2016
Bryan Adams @ Betley Court Farm
by Katkinz on 15th August 2016 13:10
The highlight was I was on the front row. I blew him a kiss and he spoke to me!
My husband and I went to see Bryan at Betley. He was nothing short of fantastic. He seems to get better each time. Awesome live artist.
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Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
24th November 2011
Waking up the neighbours...
by wendavey on 6th March 2013 14:39
Returning to a full band line-up for the first time for some years the evergreen Canadian rocker delighted a packed arena with a crowd pleasing setlist which included it’s fair share of tracks from the Waking Up The Neighbours album (including ‘Can’t Stop This Thing We Started’, ‘Thought I’d Died and Gone To Heaven’, ‘Do I Have To Say The Words’ and ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For You)’ but also tracks from across his whole career.
Despite the tour billing, Adams did not over concentrate on the WUTN album and the crowd – one of the largest I can recall seeing at the Arena and a testament to his continued popularity – lapped up the hits such as ‘Summer of ’69′, ‘Run To You’, ’18 Til I Die’, ‘Cuts Like a Knife’, ‘Hearts On Fire’, ‘I’m Ready, All I Want Is You’, ‘Straight From The Heart’, ‘Here I Am’, and ‘Somebody’.
The evening’s high spots were ‘Summer of ’69′ which got some great audience participation, and a bizarre performance of ‘If You Wanna Leave Me Can I Come To?’ which found guitarist Scott and drummer Currey performing seated at the front of the stage playing a variety of pots, pans and buckets, accompanied by Fisher on upturned plastic containers and Adams on guitar. It was certainly different but for one awful moment it looked like we were going to be treated to a pot and pan “drum” solo.
If there was a disappointment to the evening it was with the uninspired use of the lighting and screens, especially a full stage width screen. While such things arguably should only be part of the show, in an Arena they are an important part, especially for those sat or stood a hundred yards or more away at the back, and I found that far too much of the live footage being fed to the screens was black and white. This combined with a pretty spartan light show meant there was, quite literally, a lack of colour to much of the show. A minor point perhaps, but those at the back of an arena spend a lot of time watching the screens and I felt deserved to see more of the performance than stark black and white footage.
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