After Kathleen Edwards' opening performance, the seats filled up pretty quickly. There was a certain energy in the room, that I suppose comes from the anticipation of seeing a music legend live on stage.
From the moment Adams stepped on stage, the energy didn't cease. He sang every song you know and love, from "Everything I Do (I Do it For You)" to "Heaven" to cover band favourite, "Summer of '69". Kathleen Edwards even came back to sing Tina Turner's part on "It's Only Love".
The audience participation went on throughout the entire concert, and peaked when Adams pulled a girl up on stage with him to sing the Mel C duet, "When You're Gone". She wasn't quite as on tune as Sporty Spice, but she looked like she was having a great time. Then again, who wouldn't?
After two hours of what seemed to be a gorgeous collection of all of Bryan Adam's songs from my childhood and some more recent tunes, the band left and came back for two encores. It was the second encore that made the show, though. Bryan came back alone for three acoustic songs, including "Please Forgive Me" and "All for Love". Even without Rod Stewart and Sting, the song proved beautiful. The acoustic nature of the final performance made the whole show more intimate, even though there were 10,000 screaming fans waving their lighters.
At the end of the night, after telling us he "hadn't had dinner yet, so this was [his] last song", Bryan told us, "I thought getting inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame last weekend at the Juno's would be my best memory of Halifax, but now I think tonight might be." Halifax's sentiments exactly, Mr. Adams.
Writer: Jennifer Nichols