Bryan Adams shows Halifax fans he's got plentry of rock in him.
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02/19/2015
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Bryan Adams shows Halifax fans he's got plentry of rock in him.

Canadian rock legend Bryan Adams plays to thousands of fans at Scotiabank Centre on Wednesday night.

It’s not hard to see why Bryan Adams’ album Reckless has stood the test of time.

The legendary Canadian rocker can still belt out its many hits just like he did in 30 years ago.

Thousands of fans piled into the Scotiabank Centre Wednesday night to celebrate the album’s 30th anniversary, and what they got was a roaring performance that felt impossibly personal in the 11,000-seat arena.

The first half of the show was dedicated to Reckless, kicking off with the song of the same name, which ironically never made it onto the album.

“I can tell you right now, I don’t know where that 30 years went,” the 55-year-old Adams told the audience just after finishing “Run To You.”

Adams’ fourth studio album was released in 1984, and although I wasn’t even born until four years later, the memorable rock anthems from Reckless became staples of my youth.

The iconic “Summer of 69” was one of the first songs I learned on guitar, and the surefire sing-along is still a tune I will whip out while sitting around a campfire.

Just as my parents danced to “Heaven” at their wedding, the power ballad was also a mainstay slow jam of my junior high dances in early 2000s.

Reckless has brought people together. Its timelessness has brought generations together.

That was on full display at the Scotiabank Centre, where a young woman mouthed along with the words to “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” as an older woman clutched her hand.

The same folks who would have worn acid wash jeans to his concerts in the 1980s were pulling out their cellphones, capturing videos to immortalize the show.

Cellphone flashlights also replaced lighters during “Heaven,” as an older couple stepped away from their seats for a slow dance.

The Ontario-born singer switched up the album’s original track order, although it wouldn’t have mattered what order the songs were played, as each tune felt just as infectious as the last.

There was plenty of audience interaction, with Adams tapping the thousands of voices for several boisterous sing-alongs.

“I love it when you sing,” said Adams candidly after finishing “Heaven” to a deafening round of applause.

Adams, wearing a no-frills long sleeve black T shirt and pants, even stopped the show briefly to sign a fan’s album.

“Operator get me Halifax, Nova Scotia,” he sang during “Long Gone,” hailing an uproar from the crowd. The audience was also treated to a few other songs that didn’t make it onto the album, including the upbeat “Boys Night Out” and an acoustic version of “Let Me Down Easy,” originally written for Stevie Nicks.

photo: Jeff Harper

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