Yorkshire Times
Weekend Edition
Graham Clark
Music Features Writer
12:48 PM 24th June 2024

Bryan Adams, Straight From Halifax

Bryan Adams
Photo: Cuffe and Taylor©
Bryan Adams Photo: Cuffe and Taylor©
The notion of Bryan Adams playing a gig in Halifax might have seemed somewhat far-fetched a few years ago. The Piece Hall has since established itself as one of the country's most prominent open-air venues, attracting top-line acts such as Sting, Grace Jones, and Tom Jones, among others.

Bryan Adams was the latest star to join this illustrious list when he arrived at the Piece Hall as part of his current So Happy It Hurts tour. Although his sixteen-week Number One hit single (Everthing I Do) I Do It For You is the Canadian rocker's most well-known achievement, an appreciative Halifax audience was not unimpressed with his repertoire.

“When they said we were playing the Piece Hall, I was expecting something a kettle smaller; it is great here—amazing,” Adams responded as he and the band stepped out on stage.

With a back catalogue of some of the best pop and rock tracks of the last thirty years to call upon, this was never going to be a dull affair. Guitarist Keith Scott is easily as much a huge part of the show as Adams; the two shared centre stage throughout the show.

Two huge giant balloons were thrown around the audience, which added to the excitement of the evening as the hits flowed in quick succession with a brief interlude for a tribute to Tina Turner, a legend Adams’s duetted with on Its Only Love. Hearing his band play What’s Love Got To Do With It came as a big surprise.

Keith Scott and Bryan Adams.
Photo: Cuffe and Taylor©
Keith Scott and Bryan Adams. Photo: Cuffe and Taylor©
You Belong To Me changed the tempo; the rockabilly style track taken off Adams’ last album showed a change in musical direction, though he was soon back to his usual rock ‘n’ roll with Summer of ‘69, as the sold-out audience sang loudly with Adams looking on with a huge smile on his face.

Ending on a high with Straight From The Heart, the power ballad worked superbly with just Adams on stage—a contrast to the full-on rock tracks performed throughout the gig. After tonight’s absorbing concert, no wonder Adams fans still want to run to him.