Adams played the Scotiabank Arena the night before just down the street from the stadium, where he told his fans he had to get out of the car and walk to the venue because the traffic was so bad. Likely that was due to the 40,000 young and restless fans flooding the area to see Swift first’s show of the weekend.
Strumming her guitar, Taylor sprung the surprise by saying, “It’s just one of my favorite songs ever written — it’s not one of mine, but I was wondering, like, you guys have been singing so loud all night, but I really wanted to see how loud it could be, right?” She encouraged everyone to keep singing as she launched into the opening lines of “Summer of ‘69,” which she covered for Adams’ hometown crowd in Vancouver back in 2011.
Adams then emerged from the trap door, guitar in hand, picking up where she left off with the second verse. The two continued to share or take lead on lines from the first chorus forward.
At one point near the end of the song, she said, “Toronto, you need to tell Bryan Adams how you feel that he decided to come and surprise you!” and they obliged loud and clear. She then asked them put their hands in the air, as she jumped up and down, and joined Adams for a guitar duel that ended with a hug.
Both Swift and Adams also posted several photos and videos of the duet and their preparation for it. Adams posted a clip from rehearsal, where we hear Swift saying, “Bryan has never done an elevator lift as his entrance. We’re just gonna keep you down there!”
Watch Taylor Swift and Bryan Adams perform “Summer of ’69” below.