05 March 2019

Gig Review – Bryan Adams – PRYZM Club , Kingston, Surrey – 04.03.19

 

Bryan Adams – PRYZM Night club , Kingston , Surrey. 04.03.19

Sandwiched between dates at the Motorpoint Arena’s in Cardiff and Nottingham each with a capacity of 5,000 and 10,000 respectively , Bryan Adams played two one hour sets in a  nightclub in the centre of Kingston in Surrey to a sold out 1,500 crowd.

The tickets were sold a few days prior on a social media platform as the new album Shine a Light launch party. The original and initially only show sold out within 35 seconds. Such was the demand that the band put on an additional and earlier show.

PRYZM is a 3 tier club, similar in style to the old Odeon’s , like Hammersmith and Manchester but on a dwarf scale. The stage was tiny, the acoustics excellent and the crowd frenzy like.

For the younger reader , born post 1990 , Bryan Adams is maybe a pop musician who has no significance to rock music and only known for a million selling number 1 single from the Soundtrack of a Robin Hood film. That is far from the truth.

Adams debut LP came out 1980 , he has sold close to 100 million records globally , played at LIVE AID in Philadelphia (slotted between Judas Priest and The Beach boys) to an estimated 1.9 billion people . He has worked with music icons and more than that released one of the greatest rock albums ever made with Reckless in 1984.

Bryan Adams is not heavy metal , he isn’t even heavy rock , but he is absolutely rock through and through. The 59 year old multi-millionaire tour veteran does play some slow songs from his 14 strong studio album CV , and why not , he wrote them and people want to hear them , but my word, when he rocks , the kids wanna rock with him.

Tonight, as said was to promote the newest LP , Shine a Light, which isn’t his best by a long chalk , in fact overall it is a very vanilla album, but it will still sell by the shed full the highlight being the title track (co written with Ed Sheeran) which could be a real radio big hitter with the masses and a version of Whiskey in a jar , a song that really does suits his gravel like voice.

This was not a full play of the album with a hit song bolted onto the end, it was a pick’n’mix across his career, both hour sets had variations.  For the lucky ones who obtained tickets for both shows they got a variation including covers of Bowie and Joe Cocker as well as sing along classics. One happy chappy with a significant tattoo joined the band on stage in part 2 and played guitar and sang along with Summer of 69 , but who had more fun, Mr happy chappy, the band or the audience ? I am not too sure.

The heartbeat of the band have been with Adams from the start , the highly underrated drummer Mickey Curry , wizard Keith Scott on guitar and Gary Breit on keys (since 2002) all wearing the obligatory uniform , black jeans and black long sleeve shirts rolled past the elbows. They are not just band members but lifelong friends and as such know each other so well and play as one tight unit. The band is part of the master stroke and some way the part genius of Adams , he is a talent on his own, but he is surrounded by quality that it is so good , it isn’t noticed.

The following night Adams will play before a maximum of 10,000 people in Nottingham, who I suspect paid more than £20 to see him, yes they will get a near 30 song set over a few hours , but sometimes less is so , so much more. I was privileged to be up, close and personal in a club environment with a legend …. and I was home having a cuppa before 11pm, which is a bonus.

For those who still have no idea what I am talking about , check out  the Reckless album and discover what your parent’s already know, Bryan Adams rocks.

7:30 PM Show

All or nothing

Run to you

I could get used to this

Heaven

When you’re gone

Into the fire

Rebel rebel

Cuts like a knife

Summer of 69

Whiskey in the jar

9:30 PM Show

All or nothing

Part Friday night, part Sunday morning

Heaven

Shine a light

You belong to me

When you’re gone

Lonely nights

When the night comes

Cuts like a knife

I could get used to this

Summer of 69

Whiskey in the jar

 

 

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