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Time stands still for Bryan Adams’ first Hong Kong show in over two decades…

BRYAN ADAMS
AsiaWorld, Hall 10
Hong Kong
January 14th, 2017

When Bryan Adams last played in Hong Kong, the Handover was looming, the internet was more an idea than an actuality and the city was riding on a wave of money slapping good times.

Oh, and the AsiaWorld Arena, the site of Adams’ gig on Saturday night, didn’t even exist. 

Yes, it’s been over 20 years since the Canadian has performed here. And even though he can’t quite pack out the Coliseum like he did when he ruled the charts in the early nineties, that didn’t seem to matter to the estimated 3,500 who were clearly in the mood for their rock tainted with a nostalgic edge. 

Adams certainly obliged. Where white t-shirts and jeans were once the extent of his fashion sense, the 57 year old now boasts a black sports coat. But little else has changed. Longtime drummer Mickey Curry still keeps tight time behind the drums. Keith Scott still adds color and a brief flash of Hendrix-styled bombast on guitar. As for Adams, his vocals, if anything, seem to defy age. His trademark rasp is now complemented by a wider range that’s lost none of its depth.

His vegan diet is also a testament to his stamina. With only occasional humorous quips to the audience, Adams and his band ploughed through 30 songs that resembled a Billboard hit parade. This surprisingly included half a dozen songs (including show opener “Do What Ya Gotta Do”) from his 13th and latest album “Get Up”, which fit right in. He didn’t skimp on the hits either.  Everything from “Summer of ’69 (now 30 years old) to the uber power ballad “All For Love” was writ large across the cavernous, soulless hall.

Adams has so many memorable and basic rock singles that one could go out for a beer, hang out for a while and return to hear another one. The crowd lapped it all up, with many unabashedly playing invisible air guitar to power chords and at one point, literally singing the first two verses of Adams’ hit 80s ballad “Heaven”. Even a mini acoustic set featuring songs by influences Elvis Presley and Eddie Cochran didn’t stop the momentum. For this audience, it was a one night love affair with a rocker who continues to offer great value.

Whether it will take until 2040 to get Adams back here is another story. But based on the strength of his voice and an audience that remembers a day when radio was king, it wouldn’t seem out of the ordinary to one day hear a Hong Kong crowd full of senior citizens screaming out “18 ‘Til I Die”.

BRYAN ADAMS GET UP TOUR 2017 HONG KONG

2017/01/14 SETLIST

01. DO WHAT YA GOTTA DO
02. CANT STOP THIS THING
03. DON’T EVEN TRY
04. RUN TO YOU
05. GO DOWN ROCKIN’
06. HEAVEN
07. KIDS WANNA ROCK
08. ITS ONLY LOVE
09. THIS TIME
10. YOU BELONG TO ME
11. SUMMER OF 69
12. HERE I AM
13. WHEN YOU’RE GONE (acoustic)
14. EVERYTHING I DO
15. IF YOU WANNA BE BAD
16. BACK TO YOU
17. WE DID IT ALL
18. SOMEBODY
19. I’LL ALWAYS BE RIGHT THERE
20. PLEASE FORGIVE ME
21. CUTS LIKE A KNIFE
22. 18 TIL I DIE
23. THE ONLY THING
24. BRAND NEW DAY
25. COME ON EVERYBODY
26. ALL SHOOK UP
27. SHE KNOWS ME (acoustic)
28. ALBERTA BOUND (acoustic)
29. STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART (acoustic) 
30. ALL FOR LOVE (acoustic)

Written by Scott Murphy

 
 
 
 
 
 
 



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