Friday night, my good friend Sara and I went to see Bryan Adams in concert at NYC’s legendary Beacon Theater on the Upper West Side.
Sara and I in front of the Beacon Theater right before the concert
We were doubly excited — to see the Beacon’s newly-renovated interior, and to experience our second Bryan Adams performance together.
That’s The Ticket: A memento from the last time we saw Bryan
Sara and I last saw the Canadian rocker 15 years ago, at Wembley Arena in London during our junior year abroad. This time around, Bryan was accompanied only by a guitar and, on some songs, the talented pianist from his band, Gary Briet.
Though our seats were in the rear balcony section, thanks to the Beacon’s transformative $10 million renovation, we could hear every note of Bryan’s beautifully raw acoustic sounds.
What A Makeover: The Beacon Theater has been majestically restored to its original glory
His energetic two-hour set kicked off with “Run To You” and featured a seamless mix of equally beloved classics with more recent hits. From ballads like “Heaven,” “Let‘s Make A Night To Remember,” and “You’re Still Beautiful To Me,” to rock n roll anthems like “Can’t Stop This Thing We Started” and “This Time,” Bryan’s music filled the theater — and had the audience singing along.
Guitar Hero: Bryan Adams filled the Beacon with his stirring sounds
Remarkably, Bryan managed to indulge all of us in a big karaoke session without losing control of the stage, especially during heartfelt renditions of “Please Forgive Me” and, of course, the timeless “Summer of ‘69.”
The singer really connected with the crowd, revealing a comedic wit and great gift for storytelling. My favorite tales were two about the beauty and bite of the Big Apple.
Prior to one of his Madison Square Garden gigs, Bryan got stuck in the Village, unable to find a cab. He ended up on the subway, only to find himself alongside a bunch of fans heading to the concert. One noticed him — then discreetly guided Bryan in the right direction when he wasn’t sure how to get to MSG.
During another underground occasion, the singer asked a fellow straphanger for directions to SoHo.
“What, you can’t read?” was his response.
A six-song encore delivered even more of Bryan’s best — including “Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?” and “Straight From The Heart.” He closed out the show with the “Three Musketeers“ tune “All For Love.”
More than once during the concert, Bryan spoke with great affection for Gotham, saying–
“I love New York.”
The feeling is more than mutual.
Bryan’s US tour continues through mid-May. For more info, visit his official website.