Bare Bones: Bryan Adams Live

2010-07-22 16:40
 Remember the Summer of ’69? The summer that seemed to last forever. Those were the best days of your life. Legendary Canadian rocker, Bryan Adams, last Sunday night took 15 000 Johannesburgers back to those days.

This being Adams’ sixth tour to South Africa, he is no stranger to the country. Performing on the first annual Mandela Day, the 50 year old Bryan Adams, who looks not a day older than 22 years old (although he claims to be 18 going on 55), told his legion of fans that it was an honour to be performing in South Africa on Nelson Mandela’s birthday. He went on to say that he has a love affair with South Africa and that South Africa is one of his favourite places in the world. “It’s great to be here, but then at my age it’s great to be anywhere!”, proclaimed Adams before continuing on with his songbook of radio hits.

BA’s set list, to the delight of his fans, read like the track list on one of his many greatest hits compilations. Peppering it with only a few later hits, Adams and his band of well-worn musos performed hits such as “Can’t Stop This Thing We Started”, “Run To You”, “Heaven”, “Let’s Make A Night To Remember” and “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You”. Adams is very animated on stage and he puts on a real performance, lifting his guitar for dramatic effect at every given opportunity. He’s extremely interactive with his audience and full of stories. He told of how he performed “It’s Only Love” with Tina Turner and then proceeded to build the hopes of the crowd before telling them “she’s not here. It’s just me and you, if that’s ok?”

He proudly gave ownership of the song “Please Forgive Me” to South Africa as it was co-written by ex South African megastar producer and songwriter (and of course the ex Mr Shania Twain), Robert John “Mutt” Lange. Unfortunately it seemed that most of the crowd didn’t know who he was. Towards the end of the concert he randomly selected a fan from the Golden Circle to join him on stage to perform “When You’re Gone” (originally a duet between Adams and Spice Girls’ Mel C).

The delighted fan, revealed to be a mother of two named Jessica (although BA kept on mistakenly calling her Jessie), put on the performance of her lifetime and was awarded a handful of T-shirts for her efforts by Adams himself. Adams’ performance was star quality. The songs sounded as good as they did 25 years ago and it seems that Bryan Adams will truly be 18 ‘til he dies.

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