Bryan Adams’ ‘One Night Love Affair’ with Montrose

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Bryan Adams said Here I Am to Montrose on Sunday as he took the crowd on a musical journey through his 30-year-plus career.

The Canadian rocker played to an audience of more than 11,500 on the East Links as part of his Get Up Tour.

Despite a blustery evening, Adams delivered a two-hour long set of a back catalogue of his hits, as well as some new tracks. The multi-platinum-selling singer was joined on stage by his band, in addition to performing more intimate acoustic songs where it was just him, his guitar and the audience.

Classics like Summer of 69, Heaven, Run To You and (Everything I Do) I Do It For You got the biggest cheers and had fans singing along.

Adams told the crowd: “[It’s] great to be back in Scotland!”

He said Montrose is a “spectacular place”, adding: “It reminds me of Canada around February/March.”

The show was organised by concert promoter LCC Live and the Montrose Music Festival (MoFest).

There were fears ahead of the show that it would be called off due to the high winds.

The bar was closed for part of the concert, and Les Kidger, director of LCC Live, confirmed this was for safety reasons due to the wind.

He said: “It was never not going to go ahead. At the end of the day, we promised we were going to bring Bryan Adams to Montrose and we did. He’s a big selling recording artist and he played in Montrose.

“He absolutely loved it - he loved every minute of it. He thought it was amazing that a small populated town can put on an event like this. I think he’ll be back. If he’s touring again and we approach him I think he’d come back.”

David Paton, MoFest chairman, said: “The MoFest team certainly didn’t expect Bryan Adams playing in Montrose would ever happen. He is one of the biggest artists in the world, it’s incredible to think he has now played on the East Links.”

Bryan Adams super-fan Clair Barnett, from Montrose, was at the front of the crowd and was in ‘Heaven’ watching her “hero” perform in her hometown. The 34-year-old mum of two, who has the singer’s signature tattooed across her stomach, has travelled across the UK and Europe to watch Adams play.

She said: “The screech of the crowd erupted as his black car arrived and seconds later he was on stage in Montrose right in front of me!

“I cannot believe my ultimate dream has come true and he has played right here in my hometown. I am having withdrawals already and am trying to plan a trip to Durham on Friday to see him again.

“He made a comment about how beautiful it was here in Montrose - that made me feel really proud of our town, as it is stunning.

“He is a lovely, genuine man and he seemed to really enjoy playing in Montrose. Despite the weather, he really showed how professional he and his band are by playing in conditions that most would refuse. He loves to perform and wanted the show to go on.”

Next year marks the 10th anniversary of MoFest and the committee already have big plans to mark it. David said: “The team will take a short break and then start planning MoFest 10, which, if we manage it, will be a celebration of the 10 amazing years the festival has had.”

Clair added: “I cannot wait for the 10 year gigs in 2017. Personally, I don’t think you can beat Bryan Adams, but maybe one other lucky person will have their hero come and they can experience the roller coaster ride that I have just had.”