- 22 May 18
Canada's Chart Conqueror Gets His Hits Out For An Adoring Crowd. Pat Carty was front row centre.
The cool kids may mock, but I still have a soft spot for Bryan Adams’ Reckless album – and by that I mean I don’t skip over it when it randomly comes up in the car. Far from it, I drum the shit out of the steering wheel and give it the full rock roar out the window, to a doubtless grateful public, as I fondly remember Fab Vinny’s moustache and grin introducing Adams to us all on Sunday afternoon’s MT USA (go ask your grandparents). Those same cool kids might loudly decry the fact that I’m here in the 3Arena rather than down in some basement scratching my chin at, I dunno, The Arse Giraffes’ latest E.P. launch. But these two consecutive sold out nights are just as worthy of report as anything else. Music is a broad church, and there is a pew for everyone.
Talking of pews, Hot Press is given the best seat in the house – front and centre. Why do the ones we love the least treat us the best? I was half a football field from The Rolling Stones the other night. C’est la vie, but it’s a bon vie, I’m not complaining.
If you’re an Adams fan, and I don’t completely hate him, the Lothario from Ontario gives you what you want. There are new songs played tonight – ‘Ultimate Love’ and ‘Please Stay’ from his most recent hits collection, which is the reason we’re here – but, frankly, they’re far from great, so ignore them and shake that place where your mullet once was to the rest instead. Don’t like this number? Not to worry, there’ll be another one along in a minute of two. It’s that kind of show. The man has more hits than most, and, unlike many lesser acts, he has no problem with knocking them out.