Bryan Adams at the Videotron Center: always the same winning formula

Bryan Adams at the Videotron Center: always the same winning formula< /p> UPDATE DAY

LEAD: Bryan Adams has long identified the winning formula to stir up the crowds and as on each of his visits to Quebec, Saturday night, at the Videotron Center, he used it to offer a formidable party rock and roll to its faithful and enthusiastic admirers.

His recipe is simple: play all his hits, dose the new things well and use his natural charisma, and a few words in charming English-style French, to put the public in the back pocket of his essential jeans.

As with recent visits from Scorpions, Pearl Jam and Backstreet Boys, it was a triumph of self-assured and comforting nostalgia.

For the thousands of fans gathered for this third concert in six years at the Videotron Center, Bryan Adams represents a large part of their youth and many memories are associated with his music. It's as much these “slows” glued, danced to the sound of Heaven, as the discovery of the music video for Run To You on the show Video Hits >, which we caught at the end of the afternoon on our way home from school.

Obviously, all his classics were on the program for this generous concert of twenty-five songs, which received an ovation after standing ovation.

Stretching Success

At 62, therefore, we do not redo. Or finally yes, a little. What other artist of the stature of Bryan Adams can draw a track from his latest album, the aptly named and very energizing Kick Ass in this case, to set the fire so effectively from the start? sending off hostilities?

The darling of Quebecers was also very clever in integrating four tracks from So Happy It Hurts, released at the beginning of 2022, in his show without creating downtime. I’ve Been Looking For You, which concluded a delicious retro rock sequence.

Throughout the evening, this outstanding crowd leader had fun letting the spectators sing in his place or putting the music on hold to provoke shouting. He also stretched his hits, sometimes adding a guitar solo or repeating a verse and chorus, just for the sake of giving that little extra.

In this regard, the electrifying interpretation of It's Only Love, during which guitarist Keith Scott showed off by furiously tweaking his strings.

Heart story

During his career, Bryan Adams has rarely bet on elaborate scenography, but he made a small effort yesterday by flying an inflatable car similar to the one appearing on the cover of So Happy It Hurts in the amphitheater.

His joke about the return of hockey to Quebec fell flat, but not his interventions in the language of Molière, much appreciated. He also delighted the crowd when he sang Me voilàentirely in French.

As a reminder, the umpteenth ovation that greeted the final row of Straight From The Heart and All For Love reminded us that the relationship between Bryan Adams and the Quebec public was a story of the heart. And that he can come back as often as he wants, he will always be welcomed with open arms.

After playing in Alma, Trois-Rivières and Quebec, Bryan Adams completes his stay in the province at the Bell Center in Montreal, Monday evening.