2014 Playoff Preview: Royals Run, Tigers Hit, Nationals Can Do Everything

by Noiz 2. October 2014 21:24

2014 Playoff Preview: Royals Run, Tigers Hit, Nationals Can Do Everything

The two wildcard games that kicked off the 2014 MLB playoffs were examples of the best and the worst the postseason has to offer.

The Kansas City Royals outlasting the Oakland Athletics in a 12-inning, 9-8 game is why we watch baseball.  Conversely, the San Francisco Giants manhandling the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-0 was an excuse to leave our living rooms and go clean out our sock drawers.

That’s the MLB playoffs.  You never really know what you’re going to see.  That’s especially true in 2014.  The field is wide open.  Parity has found its way into Major League Baseball.

That’s not to say there aren’t favorites.  The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Washington Nationals are the best teams in their respective leagues.  Even so, they’re not locks to reach the World Series. The Angels don’t exactly have a heavenly starting rotation and the Nationals don’t really have a championship pedigree.

On the other end of the spectrum you have the pesky Kansas City Royals.  They play a fun-to-watch style of baseball that relies on speed and timely hitting.  They were last in the American League in home runs (95) but first in stolen bases (153).

In the middle, you have the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants.  Neither of these teams appears formidable on paper, but get them on the diamond and they can beat anyone.  It wouldn’t shock anyone if either team won the World Series or if both teams were swept in the NLDS.

The Dodgers come in as the league’s hottest team.  They not only finished September with a 17-8 mark but they finished their regular season campaign with a five-game winning streak.  They also have the league’s highest payroll at $235,295,219.

So who’s going to pop champagne bottles and hoist the Commissioner’s Trophy come Thanksgiving?  That is when the MLB playoffs end nowadays isn’t?

I have no idea who’s going win the ALCS and NLCS much less the World Series—nor does anyone else.  Baseball fans are fortunate to have such a competitive postseason and the competition is made even sweeter by the fact that there are no New York Yankees to worry about. 

So I’m not going to go with my intellect.  I’m going to go with my heart and pick the Royals and Nationals in the World Series.  Call me a softy.

In case your team is out golfing, and you need something to root for, here are a few possible matchups you might see in the Fall Classic.

The I-5 Series
The home park of the Angels (Angel Stadium of Anaheim) and the home park of the Dodgers (Dodger Stadium) are a mere 30 miles part.  That’s a 36-minute drive if traffic is good.  Here’s where we both break into riotous laughter (like the traffic is ever good in SoCal).  This doesn’t have the same cache as the Subway Series between the New York Yankees and New York Mets but the Angels and Dodgers are in adjacent counties connected by Interstate 5.

MD-295 Series
You have to love this possible matchup, the Baltimore Orioles clashing with the Washington Nationals in the “MD-295 Series.”  That’s the coolest series name ever!  It sounds like a George Lucas student film.  Oriole Park at Camden Yards and Nationals Park are separated by 38 miles—about 37 of those miles are taken up by the MD-295. 

The Show Me Series
The Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals aren’t necessarily close but they do reside in the same state.  Busch Stadium and Kauffman Stadium are on opposite sides of Missouri about 240 miles apart.  If you were to drive between the two ballparks you’d probably take I-70 and you’d need more than four hours.  These two teams clashed in the World Series back in 1985.

The California Series
Obviously, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Los Angeles Dodgers would be a “California Series” and so would the Angels and San Francisco Giants.  The Angels’ friendly confines and the Giants’ friendly confines, AT&T Park, are separated by 409 miles.  There have been four World Series featuring nothing but California teams.  In fact, the Angels defeated the Giants in 2002 for their only World Series crown.

The Frequent Flyer Miles Series
The World Series matchup that would involve the most traveling would be the Baltimore Orioles and San Francisco Giants.  Their two respective stadiums are separated by more than 2,800 miles.  I know both teams are classic MLB teams but an Orioles-Giants World Series would have little to no heat.  The two ballparks that are the farthest apart (of the eight teams still remaining) belong to the Giants and the Nationals who are currently playing one another in the NLDS.

Rematches
The number would have been a lot bigger if the Oakland Athletics had advanced but the eight teams competing in the ALDS and NLDS have met one another in the World Series eight times.  Three of those times occurred in the 21st century.  The most frequent pairing has been the Cardinals and Tigers.  They’ve dueled in October on three previous occasions.

Previous World Series Matchups Between 2014 ALDS/NLDS Teams
>>Cardinals and Tigers in 1934
>>Cardinals and Orioles (then the St. Louis Browns) in 1944
>>Orioles and Dodgers in 1966
>>Tigers and Cardinals in 1968
>>Royals and Cardinals in 1985
>>Angels and Giants in 2002
>>Cardinals and Tigers in 2006
>>Giants and Tigers in 2012

World Series History
Of the eight teams remaining in the postseason, the Cardinals have the most titles with 11.  They are tied with the Giants for the most World Series appearances with 19.  The Nationals are the only National League team that has never reached the Fall Classic.  Of the 22 teams that have won a World Series, the Royals and Angels are two of three that have only won it once (the other being the Arizona Diamondbacks).

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Baltimore Orioles
Open Day Salary: $107,406,623 (15th)
Ballpark: Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Last World Series Title: 1983
Manager: Buck Showalter
2014 Record: 96-66 (won AL East)
September Record: 17-10
Team Batting Average: .256
Team ERA: 3.43
Best Pitcher: Chris Tillman
Best Position Player: Adam Jones
Strength: Power, bullpen, manager
Weakness: Starting pitching

The Optimist’s Opine: For the O’s to reach the World Series all they need is for their starters to keep them in the game.

The Cynic’s Critique: How are the Orioles going to make a big run without Manny Machado, Chris Davis and Matt Wieters?

Detroit Tigers
Open Day Salary: $162,228,527 (5th)
Ballpark: Comerica Park
Last World Series Title: 1984
Manager: Brad Ausmus
2014 Record: 90-72 (won AL Central)
September Record: 16-10
Team Batting Average: .277 (led Majors)
Team ERA: 4.01
Best Pitcher: Max Scherzer
Best Position Player: Miguel Cabrera
Strength: Lineup, playoff experience
Weakness: Bullpen

The Optimist’s Opine:  Miggy wants a ring.  He’ll put the Tigers on his back and take them to the promise land.

The Cynic’s Critique: The Tigers reaching the postseason is an October tradition.  Unfortunately, so are their early exits. 

Kansas City Royals
Opening Day Salary: $92,034,345 (19th)
Ballpark: Kauffman Stadium
Last World Series Title: 1985
Manager: Ned Yost
2014 Record: 89-73 (wildcard)
September Record: 15-12
Team Batting Average: .263
Team ERA: 3.51
Best Pitcher: James Shields
Best Position Player: Alex Gordon
Strength: Small ball, bullpen
Weakness: Small ball, manager

The Optimist’s Opine: From now until they win the World Series (or suffer elimination) they are America’s team.

The Cynic’s Critique: Being the feel-good team won’t help you hit for power.  Believe in Sabermetrics.  Bunting and stealing don’t win championships.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Opening Day Salary: $155,692,000 (6th)
Ballpark: Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Last World Series Title: 2002
Manager: Mike Scioscia
2014 Record: 98-64 (won AL West)
September Record: 15-11
Team Batting Average: .259
Team ERA: 3.58
Best Pitcher: C.J. Wilson
Best Position Player: Mike Trout
Strength: Lineup
Weakness: Starting rotation

The Optimist’s Opine: The Angels are hungry and their lineup is formidable.

The Cynic’s Critique: An early departure means fans can once again remind the Angels’ brass that money can’t buy a championship.

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Los Angeles Dodgers
Opening Day Salary: $235,295,219 (1st)
Ballpark: Dodger Stadium
Last World Series Title: 1988
Manager: Don Mattingly
2014 Record: 94-68 (won NL West)
September Record: 17-8
Team Batting Average: .265
Team ERA: 3.40
Best Pitcher: Clayton Kershaw
Best Position Player: Yasiel Puig
Strength: Top of rotation, lineup
Weakness: Under a lot of pressure, health of third starter (Hyun-Jin Ryu)

The Optimist’s Opine: Clayton Kershaw is the best pitcher on the planet and Matt Kemp is healthy.  This is the year the Dodgers put it all together.

The Cynic’s Critique: Kershaw has 4.23 ERA in the postseason and Kemp is always one hard sneeze away from the disable list.  Dodgers are perennial underachievers.

St. Louis Cardinals
Opening Day Salary: $111,020,360 (13th)
Ballpark: Busch Stadium
Last World Series Title: 2011
Manager: Mike Matheny
2014 Record: 90-72 (won NL Central)
September Record: 17-9
Team Batting Average: .253
Team ERA: 3.50
Best Pitcher: Adam Wainwright
Best Position Player: Yadier Molina
Strength: They know how to win
Weakness: Lineup, lack of power

The Optimist’s Opine: The Cardinals can turn it on better than anyone.  No one would be surprised if they represented the NL in the World Series.

The Cynic’s Critique: They’re just not that good.  Remember, they were six and half games behind the Milwaukee Brewers on July 1.

San Francisco Giants
Opening Day Salary: $154,185,878 (7th)
Ballpark: AT&T Park
Last World Series Title: 2012
Manager: Bruce Bochy
2014 Record: 88-74 (wildcard)
September Record: 13-12
Team Batting Average: .255
Team ERA: 3.50
Best Pitcher: Madison Bumgarner
Best Position Player: Buster Posey
Strength: Lineup, bullpen, experience
Weakness: Starting pitching

The Optimist’s Opine: Like the Giants, the Cardinals can seemingly turn on the winning ways at will. 

The Cynic’s Critique: Come on people, enough with this “they know how to win” crap.  If that was true the Giants would have won 100 games and run away with the NL West.  They’ll be lucky to reach the NLCS.

Washington Nationals
Opening Day Salary: $134,704,437 (9th)
Ballpark: Nationals Park
Last World Series Title: N/A
Manager: Matt Williams
2014 Record: 96-66 (won NL East)
September Record: 19-8
Team Batting Average: .253
Team ERA: 3.03 (best in Majors)
Best Pitcher: Jordan Zimmermann
Best Position Player: Adam LaRoche
Strength: Balance, health
Weakness: ???

The Optimist’s Opine: The Nationals are well rounded and stacked.  They really don’t have a weakness.  No wonder they’re favored to win the World Series.

The Cynic’s Critique: They’re the Nationals.  Enough said. 

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Hunter Hayes Names Tour And Irks This Blogger

by Noiz 30. September 2014 19:56

Hunter Hayes Names Tour And Irks This Blogger

I have a bone to pick with Hunter Hayes.

This proverbial mandible has nothing to do with him being the country Justin Bieber or the male Taylor Swift.

It has nothing to do with him just turning 23 (on Sept. 9) and already having two number one country albums and a number one country music single to his name… or that he’s already launched three headlining tours with a fourth on the way… or that he’s been nominated for four Grammy Awards.

I’ve made peace with the fact that my 23rd year on this planet was spent mastering the intricacies of Madden football and working at an Urban Outfitters. 

Guinness World Record
My beef with Hayes has nothing to do with him setting the Guinness World Record for the most concerts played in a 24-hour period.  While it’s a dream of mine to appear in Guinness, I’ve realized that setting the world record for longest Homeland marathon is just not going to happen.

Springsteen-esque
My bone has absolutely nothing to do with a reviewer using the term “Springsteen-esque” to describe one of his live shows.  John J. Moser, of The Morning Call, writing about a Hunter Hayes performance at the Allentown Fair, called him “talented,” “a good guitarist,” “fearless,” and “humble.”

“If Hayes is the future of young country music, thank goodness for him.” — John J. Moser

Tattoo Your Name Tour
None of the above bothers me.  My bone with Double-H is the name of his pending musical excursion. 
Hayes is calling his upcoming set of dates the “Tattoo Your Name Tour.”  Yet, the Louisiana-born singer-songwriter has nary a tattoo.  Not a one.  Zip.  Zero.  Nil.  His 23-year-old body is completely devoid of ink (well, at least that’s what I’m told).

"I have a song called 'Tattoo,' and I don't even have tattoos, so ... I feel so horrible." Hunter Hayes to Entertainment Tonight

You should feel horrible, Hunter.  Your reckless behavior has irked this blogger.  Now we know the marrow of the bone I’m picking with Hunter Hayes: he has a song named “Tattoo” (and soon a tour) but he doesn’t have a tattoo himself. 

Tattoos
Tattoos are “hot.”  They’re trendy.  Once only an option for sailors, bikers, and longshoremen, tattoos are now the safe and mainstream way to rebel.

The tattoo is a way to say “I have a little bit of a dangerous side” while taking your kids to soccer practice.

Do you need to put a little fear into your fellow PTA members?  Just show them your angel wings tattoo located on the small of your back. 

Do you want to be the alpha male of your bowling team?  Nothing says “kiss my alley” like a Celtic symbol on your arm; you know, the one you learned about ten minutes before entering the tattoo parlor.

Appropriating Tattoo
By appropriating “tattoo” for a title of a song (the second single from his album Storyline) and a tour, and not having one himself, means he’s exploiting the popularity of tattoos without actually having the courage, or stupidity, to get one himself.

Does every artist have to be intimately involved with everything they sing about?  Does One Direction have to know what it’s like to be old to sing “Live While We’re Young?”  Does Lady Gaga have to play the big tables in Las Vegas to croon “Poker Face?”  Does Katy Perry need a pet lion to belt out “Roar?”

Tattoo Lyrics
The answer to all those questions is no, but Hayes’ case is a little different.  Lyrically, he makes a lovely metaphor…

“Cause with you, I'm gonna do quite a few things that I never thought I would do
Your name, your name, your name would be a good tattoo”
— from Hunter Hayes’ “Tattoo”

…but he makes his metaphor at the expense of a popular form of body modification.  A form of body modification that people will assume he has experienced.  Yeah, it’s a little phony. 

Overracting?
Maybe I’m overreacting but to me it’s like Aerosmith not really being bad boys, Wiz Khalifa not smoking the chronic, or Bryan Adams not being Canadian.

During a recent appearance on the Today Show, where he sang “Tattoo,” Hayes donned a henna tattoo sleeve decked out with emblems from all of the cities on his upcoming itinerary. 

The good news is, I’m still a fan, I’m still buying Hunter Hayes tickets, and I’m still listening to his albums.  Furthermore, he’s only 23.  He has plenty of time to get some ink.  According to the singer, he has no idea what kind of tattoo to get.  I suggest random Japanese characters.  Those seem to be popular.

Autograph Tattoo
His fans certainly know what kind of things to permanently affix to their skin.  Hayes recently told reporters about a fan that got a tattoo of his autograph.  Hayes was pretty blown away by her commitment.  He’s seen tattoos of his lyrics but never his autograph.

Incidentally, you can see what your name would look like tattooed on what appears to be Hunter’s arm.  On his Web site is an app that allows you to virtually add your name to his virtual bicep.  Your nomenclature is placed under the Hayes’ double-H logo.

Tour Itinerary
Hayes kicks off his “Tattoo Your Name Tour” on Oct. 28 in New York City.  It was one of two recently added “Wild Card” concerts.  The other addendum to his route is a Nov. 29 show in Dallas.

Highlights of his odyssey include Milwaukee on Nov. 13; Chicago on Nov. 21; and Atlanta on Dec. 6.  The final Hunter Hayes concert on the docket is set for Dec. 13 in London, Ontario.

Joining Hayes on the road with be Dan + Shay and The Railers.  By the way that’s two different acts.   Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney are a country music duo while The Railers are a country music quartet formerly known as Tin Cup Gypsy.

Wristbands
Hayes is warning fans that not only will his upcoming tour be for them but they will actually be part of the show.  The singer did not elaborate on what exactly that means but he did mention wristbands.

Not just any wristbands but “custom LED wristband(s).”  Everyone attending a Hunter Hayes show will receive one.  I imagine that they will be remotely synchronized to flash and change color with the music.  If that’s the case then that’s very cool—kudos to the kid for trying something new.

Storyline
Hayes will be out and about supporting his sophomore effort, Storyline.  The opus dropped May 6, 2014 and immediately went to number one on the country albums chart and number three on the Billboard 200.  Hayes co-wrote all of the work’s 14 tracks and co-produced them with Dann Huff (who also co-produced his debut LP).  Storyline’s first single was “Invisible.”

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John Mellencamp Clearly Says He’s Launching Plain Spoken Tour

by Noiz 19. September 2014 12:01

John Mellencamp Clearly Says He’s Launching Plain Spoken Tour

You’ll have a bunch of chances to see John Mellencamp in 2015. 

The heartland rocker kicks off his “2015 Plain Spoken North American Tour” on Jan. 21 in South Bend, Indiana.  His trek ends Aug. 4 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

In total, the 62-year-old legend (he’ll be 63 by the time his outing starts), will play 80 concerts all over the continent including Green Bay, Clearwater, Red Bank, Quebec City, Regina, Portland, and Omaha.

Chicago
It’s fitting that the “Small Town” singer will visit so many small towns.  He does, however, have some large metropolises routed.  John Mellencamp visits Chicago on Feb. 17.  He’ll play two consecutive nights at the Chicago Theatre.

Boston
John Mellencamp will be in Boston on April 15.  He’s booked to perform at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre.  This show is his first after a two-week break in his itinerary.

New York
In mid-April, New York hosts John Mellencamp concerts for four nights.  Rare for a tour, Mellencamp will be playing two different venues in the same city.  On April 20 and April 21, Mellencamp takes the stage at Carnegie Hall.  On April 23 and April 24, he’ll gig at the Apollo Theater.

Those four shows in the Big Apple should be quite cozy.  Carnegie Hall seats 2,800 while the Apollo Theater has enough room for about 1,500.

Los Angeles
On the home stretch of his excursion, John Mellencamp comes to Los Angeles and the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.  He’s scheduled to take the stage on July 28.  The following night he’s in Phoenix, Arizona.

The highlight of Mellencamp’s Canadian jaunt is his pair of shows in Toronto on May 1 and May 2.  Mellencamp will entertain fans at the Song Centre for the Performing Arts.

John Mellencamp Career Highlights
>> 40 million albums sold
>> Has charted 22 Top 40 hits
>> Founding member of Farm Aid which has raised more than $45 million
>> Nominated for 13 Grammy Awards
>> Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2008)
>> Recipient of the John Steinbeck Award (2012)

Carlene Carter
Warming up audiences will be Carlene Carter.  The singer-songwriter, and daughter of June Carter, will be 59 when the tour begins.  That means fans with John Mellencamp tickets will be enjoying music from artists that are a combined 122 years old and have nearly 80 years of experience in the music business.

Carter will be supporting her tenth studio album, Carter Girl.  The record hit the streets back in April and peaked at number 40 on the country albums chart.  It was her first LP since 2008’s Stronger.

Plain Spoken
Mellencamp will also be promoting a new album.  Plain Spoken descends on the world on Sept. 23.   It’s Mellencamp’s 22nd studio album overall and his 20th of new material. 

T Bone Burnett was supposed to produce the opus but the job ultimately fell to the artist.  The album contains ten tracks, all written by Mellencamp.  “Trouble Man” is the album’s first single.

"I didn't sit down and decide I was going to make an album about certain topics.  My mind is just open to ideas. I don't understand when people talk about having writer's block. I think, you're thinking too much! Just let it come to you." — John Mellencamp

Republic Records
Plain Spoken is Mellencamp’s first album with Republic Records.  Mellencamp had been under the same recording contract for decades, but he didn’t like having to release an album on some bean counter’s timetable.  After his contract expired he thought he could make it as a “free agent” (find a record company whenever he wanted to make an album).  He thought wrong.

Then Mellencamp found Republic Records.  He must really like the company because he signed a lifetime contract with them in May of 2014.  According to Mellencamp, he can release as many albums as he wants and at any time he wants.  The artist also likes Monte Lipman, the company’s co-founder and chief executive.

Meg Ryan
By the time John Mellencamp and the Plain Spoken tour begin his broken heart will have probably been mended but you never know.  So keep that in mind if his first batch of shows are a bit lacking.

Mellencamp just recently ended his three-year relationship with actress Meg Ryan.  Yeah, we didn’t know they were dating either.  They kept their tryst as quiet as possible.  Some said they split up because of distance—Mellencamp lives in Indiana and Ryan lives in New York.  Other said they called it quits because Mellencamp didn’t like the attention he received from shacking up with a Hollywood star.

The Last Tour Of His Career
Will this be the last big concert tour of Mellencamp’s career?  When it’s all over he’ll be two months away from his 64th birthday.  I don’t mean to keep bringing up age.  I’m not trying to make him or any of his longtime fans seem old but at this stage of his career it’s a factor.

In a recent interview with Time.com, Mellencamp didn’t actually gush about hitting the road and going out on tour.  When asked if tours are “hellish” he replied “they can be.”

“Part of playing live is that I think that an artist who’s interested in what they’re going to create next, and having to go out and play songs that you wrote 25 years ago can get to be tedious a job, but the audience generally softens the flow of that type of work.” — John Mellencamp

In The Fashion
Mellencamp has said that for his upcoming tour his setlist will focus on his new album.  He’ll also include hits from all eras of his career but he’ll perform them "in the fashion [Plain Spoken] is done in.”

What fashion is Plain Spoken “done in?”  Plain Spoken is produced with acoustic guitars, harmonicas, banjos, mandolins, fiddles, organs, and brushes on drums.  It’s a songwriter’s album that plays to Mellencamp’s strength: passionate vocals and sagacious lyrics.

Definitely look for Mellencamp to perform live in the coming years but don’t expect another 80-date odyssey.  Coming to this conclusion shouldn’t scare you into dropping everything and attending a Mellencamp tour stop but it should inspire you to make an effort to see the hall of famer when he comes to your ”small town.”

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Bryan Adams Going Acoustic And Getting Reckless

by Noiz 16. September 2014 14:58

Bryan Adams Going Acoustic And Getting Reckless

As if there wasn’t already enough issues coming between Americans and Canadians there’s now one more.  It’s not as big as NAFTA, or as serious as the NFL versus the CFL, but it’s up there.  The issue is what’s better seeing Bryan Adams perform an acoustic set or attending a Bryan Adams plugged in concert?

This fall, the best-selling Canadian rock artist ever, is touring the United States.  Then in 2015, the 20-time Juno Award winner is touring Canada.  Adams’ tour of the U.S. will be small and intimate.  His jaunt around the Great White North will be electric and celebrating the 30th anniversary of his greatest work.

Bare Bones Tour
Bryan Adams kicks off a circuit of “Bare Bones Shows” on Oct. 19 in Minneapolis.  Bare Bones is the name of Adams’ 2010 live acoustic album.  The 20-track opus contains songs from every era of Adams’ career including “Cuts Like a Knife,” “Heaven,” “You’ve Been a Friend to Me,” and “All for Love.”

After Minneapolis, look for Bryan Adams in Chicago (Oct. 20), Detroit (Oct. 21), and Cleveland (Oct. 22).  From there Adams ventures to Philadelphia for a gig at the Palace Theater on Oct. 23.  The following evening, Adams will be in Washington D.C. for a performance at the National Theater.  The final stop of his petite acoustic tour is a Bryan Adams concert in New York City at the theatre at MSG.

Reckless Anniversary Tour
On Jan. 12, in Victoria, British Columbia, Adams launches his “Reckless Anniversary Tour.”  Adams will work his way across Canada through January and February.  His final show is Feb. 28 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.  Other Canadian cities on Adams’ itinerary are Vancouver, Calgary, and Montreal.

Adams is touring to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Reckless.  Adams’ fourth studio album dropped on Nov. 5, 1984 or Adams’ 25th birthday.

Reckless
“‘Reckless’ was just the right record at the right time.  It was just unstoppable.” — Bryan Adams

Reckless is Adams’ fourth studio album and arguably the best of his career.  It sold 12 million copies worldwide and is amazingly the first Canadian album to ever sell a million units in Canada. 

Reckless produced six singles that peaked inside the Billboard Hot 100: “Run to You,” “Somebody,” “Heaven,” “Summer of '69,” “One Night Love Affair,” and “It's Only Love.”  “Run to You” went to number four and is the only song of the bunch that managed to crack the top ten.  “Kids Wanna Rock” was also released as a single but it failed to chart.

Produced by Adams and Bob Clearmountain, Reckless has been selected by many publications as one of the greatest albums of all-time.  It was promoted by a massive Bryan Adams world tour.  The trek saw the Canadian superstar collecting Bryan Adams tickets in Canada, United States, Europe, Australia, and Japan.  The artist also went to Ethiopia where he worked for famine relief.

Reckless Super-Deluxe Reissue
You probably have a vinyl copy of Reckless laying around and you definitely have a digital copy in your iTunes.   What you don’t have (yet) is the super-deluxe four-disc reissue of Reckless.  You don’t have it because it hasn’t come out yet.  The reissue drops Nov. 24.

The super-deluxe reissue contains seven bonus tracks, “Reckless: The Movie,” a Blu-ray audio disc, and the 1985 BCC concert.  The package comes in a hardback book that’s the size of a DVD case.  The reissue will also be available in a deluxe two-disc set, a stand-alone Blu-Ray, a remastered single disc, and a two-LP vinyl edition.

Bare Bones or Reckless?
So which country wins, the one getting the acoustic Adams or the one getting the anniversary Adams?

I think it’s the nation getting acoustic Adams.  While it would be great to celebrate Reckless’ big anniversary with the Canadian superstar, I doubt his upcoming 2015 trek will be much different from previous outings.

It’s not like he never plays "Run to You," "Somebody," "Heaven," "Summer of '69," "One Night Love Affair," or "It's Only Love” live.  Even if he plays Reckless in its entirety it’s only ten songs.  There’s still plenty of time for Adams to perform his other hits.

Besides, his career started in 1980 and since that time Adams has been performing electric.  That’s 35 years of concerts.  Not only that, but just about anyone can perform with a band behind them.  Heck, give me enough world class musicians and even I can entertain an arena full of Canadians.

An acoustic set on the other hand is relatively rare.  Also, it shows off an entertainer’s talent.  Like I mentioned in the previous paragraph, just about anyone can be amusing with electricity.  It takes a real musical talent, like Bryan Adams, to be able to perform with nothing more than his guitar and his voice.

Furthermore, another hallmark of the acoustic concert is the interaction between the artist and the audience.  An acoustic set is usually worth a couple of good stories from the artist, stories you generally don’t get when you attend a plugged-in show.

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