Live: Bryan Adams / Feeder

Bryan Adams: A night to remember (Picture: Sonic PR)
Bryan Adams: A night to remember (Picture: Sonic PR)

Blickling Hall July 8, 2022

by Sue Cusick

It’s the summer of ’22, and it would be hard to imagine a better day to welcome Bryan Adams to Blickling.

But first, Brit Pop favourites Feeder rev everyone up, bringing an upbeat festival feel to this evening.

Feeder get things off with a feelgood vibe (Picture: Sue Cusick)
Feeder get things off with a feelgood vibe (Picture: Sue Cusick)

The Welsh rockers start as they mean to go on with some amazing guitar and drum action that sets the tone for the rest of the night, and the place erupts when they play Just The Way I’m Feeling and Buck Rogers.

Jumping around the stage as if they haven’t aged a day, they are a great bunch of characters who satisfy their existing fans, and probably leave with a few more.

Good to be back: Bryan Adams (Picture: Sonic PR)
Good to be back: Bryan Adams (Picture: Sonic PR)

We are reliving our youth, and when Adams takes the stage, with his famous guitar stance and belters such as Can’t Stop This Thing We Started and Run To You, it’s as though the 90s never ended.

He’s clearly thrilled to be touring again, and it’s all about the fans tonight.

There’s lots of audience participation, with the star of the show turning the microphone around to hear them singing along with real-time videos of the audience up on the big screens.

Bryan Adams: Larger than life (Picture: Sue Cusick)
Bryan Adams: Larger than life (Picture: Sue Cusick)

He’s 62 now – a young ‘un compared with some classic rockers still touring and packing ’em in. And he hasn’t lost it.

His voice is just as gravelly (some would say sexy) as it was when Everything I Do topped the charts for 16 weeks and we teenage girls listened to it and dreamed of Kevin Costner.

Bryan Adams is as gravelly as ever (Picture: Sonic PR)
Bryan Adams is as gravelly as ever (Picture: Sonic PR)

That song sounds just as good more than 30 years later – and all the better because it’s live.

His band are fantastic and the simple set complements the music perfectly, with some bold graphics and videos thrown up on the screens alongside our ugly mugs.

And on a night of surprises there’s even an introduction narrated by John Cleese.

Good to be back: Bryan Adams (Picture: Sue Cusick)

As the sun sets, he sings the more recent Shine A Light, asking us all to do the modern version of lighters in the air – holding our smartphone flashlights aloft.

It’s an excellent night, and as well as waking up the neighbours there’s every chance Adams has woken most of Norwich.

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