Bryan Adams in Hong Kong: Review by Scott Murphy

Bryan Adams in Hong Kong: Review by Scott Murphy

Review by Scott Murphy

January 14th, 2017 – AsiaWorld, Hall 10, Hong Kong

BLINK AND IT’S THE NINETIES!

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

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”.

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BRYAN ADAMS GET UP TOUR 2017 HONG KONG SETLIST:

  1. DO WHAT YA GOTTA DO
  2. CANT STOP THIS THING
  3. DON’T EVEN TRY
  4. RUN TO YOU
  5. GO DOWN ROCKIN’
  6. HEAVEN
  7. KIDS WANNA ROCK
  8. ITS ONLY LOVE
  9. 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)

For more information on Bryan Adams, please visit:

Official website: BryanAdams.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bryanadamsofficial

Over the past two decades, Scott Murphy has talked to many of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, in addition to vital up and comers. As a long-time producer at MTV-Asia and Channel V, he created several programs and produced many long-form documentaries on such acts as U2, Metallica, Madonna and more. He’s also been published in many newspapers and publications around the world. Currently, he’s a Creative Director at Dragon 8, a Hong Kong based auction house.