Thursday, September 24, 2015

Flashback: Ten years on from Ricoh Arena's first concert with Bryan Adams

Pete Clemons was featured in this article for Coventry Telegraph.

Flashback: Ten years on from Ricoh Arena's first concert with Bryan Adams
Can you believe that today marks the tenth anniversary of  the Ricoh Arena's first ever concert?

Not only is September 23 the Autumn Equinox this year, but it is a decade since the first musical event was held at the Coventry stadium.

On Friday, September 23, 2005, 7,000 fans watched Canadian rocker Bryan Adams at the newly built stadium.

Among the crowd was superfan Claudia Espinosa - who flew 15,000 miles from her home in Chile to see him in action.

During a two-hour set he ripped through all his greatest hits, from Run To You to (Everything I Do) I Do It For You.

Fan Peter Clemons, who was at the show, recalled memories of it to the Telegraph: "Bryan played for over two hours.
Peter Clemons' Bryan Adams ticket from the 2005 gig at the Ricoh Arena.

"His set began with an electric version of  Room Service and his second encore ended with an acoustic version of the same song.

"Sandwiched in-between were all the hits - from Run to You, The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You, Summer of ’69 and of course (Everything I Do) I Do For You."

Other bands to have played at the Ricoh Arena since the summer of 2005 have included Bon Jovi - who performed twice - Take That, Bruce Springsteen, and Take That.

In 2009, Oasis played one of their final ever UK tour dates at the Coventry stadium on their Dig Out Your Soul tour.

Supported by Coventry natives The Enemy, the Gallagher brothers' band would soon implode just weeks later after years of tension.

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