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Story and photos by Kate SeesholtzEntering to a stage set with only a piano and a microphone, Bryan Adams opened his sold out show at the Weinberg Center in Frederick, Maryland with his hit "Run to You." Welcoming the audience to the "Bare Bones" tour, Adams remarked that the last time he played an "unplugged" show was on MTV in the 90's, and even then he had a twelve-piece band and a full orchestra backing him. He joked that if that was unplugged, this tour is naked. Even with only piano player Gary Breit accompanying him, Bryan Adams stunned the crowd with an over two hour long set of hits.
Adams has been playing shows for decades, but even after so many years there was a fresh passion in his voice as he sung through each memorable song, such as "Everything I Do, I Do it for You." Bryan Adams is truly a charismatic performer; his ability to engage the crowd throughout the entire show is what sets him apart as not only a great musician but also as an incredible entertainer. In proof, Adams received standing ovations throughout the night, specifically for memorable songs "Cuts Like a Knife," and "Summer of '69."
In the middle of his classic "Please Forgive Me," Adams stopped to remark that it would make a great country song, and proceeded to finish out with a southern twang. For a singer known for his heartfelt ballads, humor was a constant theme. In explanation of the oft-covered "Heaven," Adams told the audience how hard it was to find just the right song for a movie about a male stripper (the song was written for the 1983 movie "A Night in Heaven"). Then joked that he hoped that story didn't ruin the song for anyone that used it for their wedding.
The set spanned his career, from early 80's classics to songs off his more recent efforts. The diverse audience (one mother had brought her young son for his first concert) loved every minute, even rushing the stage as the night came to a close. Though, with timeless songs and lyrics that reach you at every point in your life, its no surprise that Bryan Adams continues to win over audiences across the world.
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