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Bryan Adams feels so right
LIVE: Bryan Adams
John Labatt Centre
Thursday, Jan. 29
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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
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
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.
Adams’ set list:
Depend On Me
One-night Love Affair
18 ’Til I Die
A Night To Remember
Can’t Stop This Thing We Started
Back To You
Summer Of ’69
Everything I Do
Cuts Like A Knife
When You’re Gone
The Only Thing
Run To You
Best Of Me
Straight From The Heart