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Scandia teenager briefly performs with Bryan Adams at Saddledome

Written by  Jessi Gowan
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Erin Anderson was on stage (and on the Jumbotron) at the Saddledome. Erin Anderson was on stage (and on the Jumbotron) at the Saddledome.

Forget the Summer of ‘69. How about the summer of 2012?


For the second time in only three years, Canadian rock singer/songwriter Bryan Adams chose a teenage girl from Scandia, Alta., to perform with him onstage during a southern Alberta concert. Erin Anderson got her five minutes of fame onstage at the Saddledome on June 20, singing along with Adams.
“Our neighbour just a mile up the road was pulled onstage with him when he played in Lethbridge, so it’s a bit crazy that it happened to another girl from Scandia,” explained Anderson, who is now a bit of a celebrity in her small town.
“There were 13,000 people in the Saddledome that night, and I can’t believe that I got to go up there with him.”
Anderson attended the concert with her mother, who has been to three other Bryan Adams’ concerts in the past. Since the tickets were a birthday gift, they splurged on floor seats, and ended up only 30 feet from the stage.
“He was pretty much right on top of us while he was singing, and that was pretty cool. He said he wanted someone to come up and sing, and he picked me out of the front rows on the floor,” Anderson noted. “He pulled me onstage and asked me where I was from, and when I said Scandia, everyone cheered. When he asked me what I wanted to be when I grow up, I said an agronomist, and I don’t think anyone really (knew) what that was.”
Although Anderson wouldn’t consider herself a big Bryan Adams fan, she has grown up listening to his music and is definitely familiar with his songs. As luck would have it, the song she performed with Adams is one of the two songs she knows by heart — When You’re Gone.
“Once the lights are off the crowd and pointed back at the stage, you can kind of see some people in front, and maybe some cell phone or camera lights, but it really feels like you are alone up there,” admitted Anderson. “It was good though, because I’m not a performer at all. I sing in the car, or in the shower, but that’s the extent of my singing. Everyone said I did fine, but I think they are trying to flatter me. I really belted out the song, though.”
After her performance, Anderson received a pile of complimentary T-shirts, and had the chance to talk with Adams’ crew before she was allowed to return to her seat. As she was leaving the Saddledome, Anderson received compliments from other concert-goers.
“It really was a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” she noted. “I mean, you know what he looks like from the CD covers, or seeing him on interviews, but actually seeing him up close, his stubbly face and long, skinny fingers... he’s real, and he’s a nice guy. That aspect was really cool. I won’t ever forget that. It was amazing.”

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