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Concert Reviews:
Bryan Adams engages in "Reckless" behavior at DTE

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

Posted: Friday, July 24, 2015

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INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP -- The summer of '69 was long ago.

But for Bryan Adams fans at the DTE Energy Music Theatre on Thursday night, July 23, it was as present day as controversial remarks from Donald Trump.

The Canadian rocker came top town celebrating the 30th anniversary (technically the 31st) of "Reckless," his multi-platinum, hit-spewing 1984 album featured enduring favorites such as "Summer of '69," "Run To You" and "Heaven." He and his band played the entire album, albeit in its original running order, and also tapped into outtakes that didn't make the original release -- including the title track, which kicked off the 26-song, two-hour-plus show.

With Adams dressed all in black and in spry, energetic form and good voice, the presentation reminded the DTE crowd just how deep "Reckless" ran in quality material, whether it was "It's Only Love" -- which was introduced with a recorded a capella sample of Tina Turner's duet part -- or album tracks such as the pulsing "She's Only Happy When She's Dancin'," the twangy "Long Gone" and the frenetic, New Wave-flavored "Ain't Gonna Cry." Adams also unearthed the unreleased rocker "the Boys Night Out," while he introduced his solo acoustic rendition of "Let Me Down Easy" by revealing the song was written for Stevie Nicks and ultimately recorded by the Who's Roger Daltrey.

"Reckless," of course was only part of the show -- half of it, in fact. "I actually have 13 other albums," Adams reminded the fans, whose enthusiastic singalongs throughout the night indicated they were well aware of that and were game for just about anything he threw at them.

The net result was a meat-and-potatoes rock show, dressed up with a massive rear-stage video screen and a refreshing lack of schtick and polish -- save for how tight the band played. Adams offered up his share of hit ballads, including movie hits such as "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" and "All For Love" and solo renditions of "She Knows Me" and "Straight From the Heart." But it was Adams' rock that ruled, and songs such as "This Time," "Can't Stop This Thing We Started" and "Cuts LIke a Knife" soared with a kind of communal exuberance, while a cover of Eddie Cochran's "C'mon Everybody" during the encore was a spirited nod to Adams' musical roots.

Adams does have a new album -- produced by ELO leader Jeff Lynne -- due this fall. But it's safe to say that nobody at DTE on Thursday had any issue with Adams' unapologetic and celebrity immersion into past glories.

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