Bryan Adams Rocks the Plains of Abraham

Bryan Adams Rocks the Plains of Abraham

Quebec City – Sunday 13th July, 2014 – This year’s stunning Festival d’Été de Québec has come to an end.
10 long days of great music, great bands, singers, and musicians. It’s over. For another year anyway.

And what a show to close on. Canadian rock legend Bryan Adams, the great Bryan Adams, much-loved in Quebec it has to be said, put on a performance for 100,000 adoring fans on the Plains of Abraham.

There’s something magical about being in a crowd of that size, with practically everyone there knowing all the songs, and all of the words to all of the songs.

Just one giant, deafening chorus singing along to hit after hit after hit. This many in fact:

Run To You, Somebody, Kids Wanna Rock, The Only Thing That Looks Good on me Is You, Here I Am, This Time, Hearts on Fire, Can’t Stop This Thing We Started, If Ya Wanna be Bad Ya Gotta Be Good, The Best Of Me, (Everything I Do) I Do It for You, Cuts Like a Knife, Summer of 69, One Night Love Affair, 18 ‘Til I Die, When You’re Gone, I Thought I’d Seen Everything, Cloud Number 9, Heaven, and then It’s Only Love.

He popped back for an encore – just him and his acoustic guitar and we were treated to the the following:

You’ve Been A Friend To Me, Back To You, Straight from the Heart, and then wrapping up the show with All for Love.

It rained intermittently throughout but no one seemed to care. It was impossible to be put off by a bit of water.
What’s the occasional drenching do for the spirit when you’re among new friends?
Not a lot really. So we all stayed, and sang, and sang some more.

Twenty four songs, two hours, one deliriously happy crowd in guitar heaven.

Bryan Adams on the Plains of Abraham at the 2014 Festival d'Été de Québec. Scène Bell. Photo credit: Renaud Philippe

Bryan Adams on the Plains of Abraham at the 2014 Festival d’Été de Québec. Scène Bell. Photo credit: Renaud Philippe

To the delight of many, the singer spoke French throughout the show. He’s good, very good, and didn’t need to ask us to be his tutor and correct him if he made mistakes.
No need, Bryan, no need at all. You did just fine.

Just another reason why people seem to love him here.

He sang the hit song Je suis là, Me voilà for good measure.

Up tempo rock classics, and then slower ballads. A winning formula.

We all left warm, wet, and happy.

I do love living in Quebec City. It takes some beating that’s for sure.

Looking forward to the 2015 offering already. When can I buy my pass?


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Andrew Greenfield moved to Quebec in 2009. He is part of the team responsible for the publishing company behind and Life in Québec Magazine. He has been involved with online and print media since 2001. He is passionate about cricket, is a qualified coach, and his real ambition is to start a cricket team in Quebec City – something he freely admits is probably beyond him. Follow him on Twitter @GreenfieldAndy

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