CONCERT REVIEW : Bryan Adams – OVO Hydro Glasgow 23rd May 2022

Bryan Adams – OVO Hydro Glasgow 23rd May 2022

On approach to Glasgow’s first green venue, clearly mark on the tarmac outside, a refreshing move in promoting a carbon free environment. The crowds gathering at each entrance point into the bowl shaped Ovo venue. The atmosphere was steadily building in the assembling queues outside, and those fans already inside the venue having travelled far and wide for tonight’s show,  were excitedly waiting on what will undoubtedly be a night to remember.

The Canadian rocker returns, to the now iconic Glasgow venue after the delay from the recent pandemic, at last the show can go on. It’s been over two years since the last performance, and now two new albums in, tonight’s show feels special, the intense feeling of what’s to come is radiating around the arena. The large LED screens around the venue has been playing the intro video and music, entertaining the large Glasgow audience, and eagerly waiting on the ultimate stage entrance to kick start an epic show.

Bryan dives straight in with new song Kick Ass,  the crowds immediately started dancing in the isles and the seated area, this was it, the start of one big rock n’ roll party. Next up was Can’t Stop This Thing We Started and Run To You before the introduction of a new song to the set from the album that was out just before covid brought the whole music industry down, Shine A Light, Bryan encouraging the audience to get their mobile phones out and shine a light, they did exactly that, the entire venue shone with what can only be described as an amazing glow.

The party atmosphere was now in full swing, the excellent Heaven had everyone singing along, during the songs the giant LED Screens were showing animated videos to interact with the songs. This was like a greatest hits tour with a difference, the addition of the new songs made it extra special for the audience seeing the band perform again in a venue with limited restrictions in place. Bryan emphases to the audience it was great to be back out there playing the music he loves and to perform to the thousands of fans from one venue to the next.

Introducing the next song, Bryan recalls performing this song in the venue in 1985, as the Hydro is more built, it was in actual fact the old SECC arena, when he performed the song with the excellent Tina Turner, as he points to the right of the stage where a spotlight shines, only this time Tina is not there, he performs It’s Only Love with brilliant guitar playing by Keith Scott, the fantastic guitar work continues with the excellent Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?.  The Glasgow audience has been in full voice since the first chord was strummed, singing and dancing all around, it was a great feeling seeing so many enjoying themselves the way it used to be not so long ago.

The big hits where out now with an excellent version of (Everything I Do) I Do It For You that had the volume level in the venue go to maximum plus. Bryan went onto say he had great fun learning 40 new songs for the shows at the Royal Albert Hall as it was an album a night. He went onto say he found one song that just worked so well with him and the band from the Waking up the Neighbours album, Not Guilty, it was an immense pleasure to hear this song played live, swiftly followed by 18 Till I Die and the massive sing a long with words on the LED screen, Summer of 69.

Bryan chatted with the audience throughout the night, saying he was getting fed up playing the same old songs all the time, so he is leaving it up to the audience to decide what is next, Looking around the crowd and receives fans suggestions first up tonight was The Best Was Yet To Come requested by Brodie, next up Remember requested by Adrian, Native Son requested by Jimmy and One Night Love Affair request by Alex. A most enjoyable change to set list order, some of these songs have not had an airing for a long time, the band enjoying every minute of the set went onto  perform Cuts Like A Knife.

The show was over 2 hours long with no support,  Bryan and the band were on fire as they played through the final song of the show including Somebody, excellent cover of Whiskey In The Jar before closing the set with Straight From The Heart and the excellent All For Love before saying their goodbyes to the Glasgow audience,

Tonight, was a masterclass in Rock n’ Roll straight from the heart delivering passion topped with emotion, performed by a band that was out there enjoying every minute making up for the two years without the experience of performing live,  not one night love affair, this was life living in the memories of the fans past and present.

Review by Karen Edmond Photographs by James Edmond