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Bryan Adams feels so right

LIVE: Bryan Adams
John Labatt Centre
Thursday, Jan. 29

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YEH, I KNOW I’M HOT. Adam, in his classic jeans and T-shirt look, takes us back to the summer... of ’69.

Upon leaving a Bryan Adams concert, such as the one he raucously and lovingly performed last week at the JLC, you will most likely come to this realization: the majority of Adams’s songs fall into one of two categories.

First, there are those that could be played at a wedding. These include “Heaven,” “I’m Ready” and, of course, the heart-wrenching Kevin Costner-immortalized “Everything I Do (I Do It For You).”

And then, there are those that could (and should) be the next Canadian national anthem. These include the show-starter “Depend On Me,” “Summer Of ’69” and “Back To You” — which at the very least NEEDS to be featured in a Tim Hortons commercial about a guy backpacking through Europe who realizes he desperately misses Canada and needs to return as quickly as possible.

Strutting onstage in his classic black T-shirt and jeans combo, Adams shouted out a quick “Hello London!” and began the show. He entertained the crowd with “One-night Love Affair,” “House Arrest” and “18 ’Til I Die” before pausing to ask everyone how they were doing.

The sold-out crowd responded with eardrum-shattering cheers and Adams smiled in satisfaction before launching into the appropriately titled “A Night To Remember.”

Watching a Bryan Adams show reminds you of just how many hit songs the part-time photographer has released. The two-hour show featured 21 songs and the joyous crowd went crazy for all of them, with Adams leading rambunctious sing-alongs to his many favourites.

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“18 ’TIL I DIE!” Bryan Adams will forever have the energy to entertain a crowd.

These sing-alongs reached their climax during one of the singer’s earliest hits. The dark ballad “Cuts Like A Knife” got the crowd singing when Adams relaxed his grip on the guitar and held out the microphone to the masses, coaxing them to admit that, though “it cuts like a knife,” it still “feels so right.”

Although Adams is certainly an international icon, there is still something undeniably Canadian about him: he’s equal parts U2’s Bono and the Juicy Fruit guy, a grand superstar with a jolly demeanour and good-guy persona.

He mingled with the commoners and brought a shrieking, attention-hogging preschool teacher from Chatham on stage to sing “When You’re Gone,” the saucy love song he recorded a few years back with “Sporty Spice” Melanie C.

The night came to an end with a five song “encore,” concluding with Adams’s musical declaration that he was givin’ it to us “straight from the heart.” Thanks Bryan, I appreciate that. Come back again soon.

—Maggie Wrobel


Adams’ set list:

Depend On Me
One-night Love Affair
House Arrest
18 ’Til I Die
A Night To Remember
Can’t Stop This Thing We Started
Back To You
I’m Ready
Summer Of ’69
Only Love
Everything I Do
Cuts Like A Knife
When You’re Gone
The Only Thing

Cloud #9
Run To You
This Time
Best Of Me
Straight From The Heart



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