Bryan Adams kicked off his North American Shine A Light tour in Charlotte, NC on May 4th, 2019 at the Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre. I am excited to say, I was there and witnessed a spectacular show and loved every minute of this 2 hour show and 28 song set. At the tender age of 59, Bryan still rocks like he is 18 and I guess he will til he dies!!!
The night started out a little rough. Thunderstorms and rain were pushing through Charlotte and I was wondering how wet I was going to get. I arrived with only about 20 minutes to spare before the show started and had my poncho ready. Just as Bryan took the stage some rain started to fall and the poncho went on (just like about 1/2 the crowd did as well). By the end of the song, no rain…not one drop the rest of the evening. Someone up above was looking out for us and for Bryan and his band.
Let’s talk about the show. The opening act was none other than NO ONE!! Bryan doesn’t need no stinking opening act. Nope! This was an evening with Bryan Adams and only Bryan (well, his band was there including the amazing Keith Scott, but more on him later). The stage set-up was really simple. A big Video Screen that covered the entire back of the stage, a drum set on a small riser, a baby grand piano and keyboards and few guitar stands around the stage. Add a small lighting set-up that was quite simple and that was it.
Bryan came to play music and have a good time and that is exactly what he did and a good time was had by all. Now, do you want to see this monster setlist?? I am sure you do so here we go…
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Back in 1984, Jim Vallance and Bryan Adams wrote a fun song about a young lady that was about to marry her Prince…literally. The song was about Princess Diana or so it is assumed. The song is taken from the viewpoint of a gentleman who had seen Diana in a magazine and then on TV and fell in love with her. “Diana” was his profession of that love for her and he begged her to leave the life she was about to enter and be with him.
We know that she didn’t do that, sadly, as she might still be with us today. “Diana” was supposed to be on Bryan’s album ‘Reckless’; however, he left it off as he didn’t want to upset the Royal Family. He also probably didn’t want to make them mad and screw up his dual Canadian & British citizenship. The song has actually never been released on any Bryan Adams album or compilation. It is probably his most popular non-album song.
“Diana” was released as a B-Side to the song “Heaven” and it was released as this very special 12″ 3 Song E.P. which I came across in a collection of vinyl I picked up. Bryan used to play the song in concert on a regular basis, but upon Princess Diana’s death he has since put the song to pasture and no longer plays it live. I did find a rumor that stated that Bryan actually did date Diana after her split from Prince Charles. Now of course, it is solely a rumor and has never been stated as fact by Bryan or anyone from Diana’s camp. It was a rumor started by one of Bryan’s ex-girlfriends.
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