Bryan Adams became the biggest act ever to grace the stage at the E.A. Rawlinson Centre in 2014. On February 18 the famed rocker hit the stage on behalf of the entertainment organization Live Nation.
Upon announcing the arrival of Bryan Adams it didn’t take long for tickets sales to sell out in Prince Albert. Tickets went on sale on Dec. 2 at the E.A. Rawlinson Centre box office and as anticipated they sold out that day.
paNOW reporter Sarah Wallace visited the E.A. Rawlinson Centre to purchase her own tickets early that morning. She reported there was already over 50 people in line at the E.A. Rawlinson Centre by 9:15 a.m. hoping to get tickets for the show. By 10 a.m. she said there was over 100.
Tickets were also available online via the E.A. Rawlinson Centre’s website that day, however general manager Darren McCaffery confirmed that due to the high demand for tickets the website was inundated with users. He said their ticketing software program allows up to 57 people to be in the system looking at tickets and putting tickets into their shopping carts at a time. That particular day he said their reports showed they were getting more than 800 requests per minute.
Wallace said when the box office finally opened at the E.A. Rawlinson Centre the line was very slow to move. She said from where she stood in line to get her tickets it took just more than three hours with many people behind her waiting much longer. Tickets were sold out later that day by 1 p.m.
Those that were lucky enough to get a ticket for the show were not disappointed. The evening of the performance Bryan Adams walked onto the stage wearing a top hat and holding his guitar. Wallace said he had the audience cracking up with laughter as he told stories about his past trips to Saskatchewan.
Adams played all the classics such as “Back to You,” “Here I Am,” “When You Love Someone,” and “Summer of ’69.” He also played his big hits from the movies Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (“Everything I Do”) and The Three Musketeers (“All for Love”).
At one point, Wallace said Adams asked the audience for a request and played “18 for Life” after a fan had yelled it out.
Adams ended the evening with “Straight from the Heart.”
Other notable acts that have made their way to Prince Albert’s E.A. Rawlinson Centre include Kenny Rogers, Blue Rodeo and Creedence Clearwater Revisited.
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