Bryan Adams on stage at QPAC on Tuesday evening. Photo courtesy of Brisbane Times
Bryan Adams on stage at QPAC on Tuesday evening. Photo courtesy of Brisbane Times Michelle Smith, Brisbane Times

A night to remember with Bryan Adams

THERE'S an easy way to tell who attended Bryan Adams' Bare Bones concert at QPAC in Brisbane on Tuesday night - they probably have very little voice left and cannot wipe the smile off their faces.

Arguably Canada's most famous musical export, Adams gave the sold-out audience a night to remember, playing for about two hours and then returning to perform an encore which lasted nearly another 30 minutes.

Dressed in a black shirt and dark jeans, Adams sauntered onto the stage, placed what looked like a busking top-hat at his feet, and launched into my personal favourite of his songs - Run to You.

Playing alone with his acoustic guitar and lit by three spotlights, the feeling was right and I had goosebumps on top of my goosebumps.

Adams was soon joined on stage by his pianist Gary Breit, who was dressed almost identically. My husband remarked that Breit could have been his clone.

As suggested by the tour's name, Bare Bones features just Adams on his acoustic guitar with Breit joining him on piano for about half of the songs. The stripped-back approach has proved a hit with crowds around the world and really gives you an appreciation for Adams' voice.

The hits (after 30-odd years there's plenty of them) rolled and the audience joined in on what could almost be described as the biggest sing-along I've ever attended.

Crowd-pleaser Summer of 69 had many in the audience on their feet, singing at the top of their lungs. Heaven and (Everything I Do) I Do It for You had similar reactions while Cuts Like a Knife featured a lone bagpiper.

Throughout the concert Adams joked with the audience, regularly telling them stories between songs and then saying 'but that has nothing to do with the song I'm about to play'. There were plenty of laughs as the audience hung on his every word.

One anecdote which particularly amused the audience was about a man who once asked Adams what he meant by 'I got my first real sex dream' in Summer of 69. Who'd have thought you could get one of them at the five-and-dime?

Bryan Adams will play his second show in Brisbane tonight, which was added after the first sold out, before performing his final Australian show in Newcastle tomorrow.

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