Bryan Gets Raw To The Bones

The Bare Bones Tour 2011

Bryan Adams

The Palias, Melbourne

Friday, September 16, 2011


Written by Jacqui James


BRYAN ADAMS STILL has it! His husky voice and trademarked foot-stomping with countless hits entertained his second sold-out Melbourne show last night.

As a typical rockstar Bryan was fashionably late and there was no photography to be taken (although towards the end of the night there were noticeable flashes going off). He proved he still has the stage presence when I saw him in the 90’s. As Bryan entered the stage he wore a top hat then he laid on the front of the stage.

With his acoustic guitar and tight jeans (yes ladies, he still has a cute butt) he started with his massive hit Run to you and straight away his voice sounded as powerful, maybe more powerful than years ago. From the word go Bryan and the audience bonded as throughout the night some people yelled out compliments and requests. Bryan replied with joking with them.

For Back To You Bryan brought out his pianist Gary and Bryan played the harmonica which sounded great. Later in the night Bryan explained how his highly successful MTV Unplugged album was supposed to be low key but there ended up having over twenty instrumentalists onstage; yet jokingly said it’s his favourite album because it only took a day to make.

The 52 year-old who recently became a first-time Dad told the lively audience he had the idea for Bare Bones Tour two years ago, but then when performed I’m Ready he joked about the fact he had written it at the age 18 how it felt like it was only yesterday.

I had forgotten about some beautiful tracks Bryan had released over his career. Last night I was blown away with his performance of Do I Have To Say The Words. This song was one of my favourites from his arguably his highest selling 1991 album Waking Up The Neighbours and last night the song still moved me.

When it came to singing Everything I Do I Do It For You the whole audience became his backing singers, but were consciously not overpowering Bryan. At the end he blew a kiss.

Continuously he teased the anxious crowd who was waiting for Summer Of 69. He always finds it funny when people yell out 69! He revealed that Heaven was originally written for striper movie when he was twenty-three so he appologised to couples who had Heaven as their song.

Please Forgive Me has always been a serious ballad but last night in the second verse Bryan sang it with a really strong country accent. It was a pisser! He isn’t bad at an Aussie accent either.

He started writing Let’s Make A Night To Remember in Brisbane and when he left Australia 90’s left to Jamaica where intentionally he was going to stay for a year to write, but ended up staying for several years.

This would be my latest favourite quote – “Songs are little seeds of inspiration”. I couldn’t agree with you Bryan!

As it was bound to be Summer Of 69 o’clock was when everyone stood up and sang loudly. The last song was Straight From The Heart then Bryan promised it wouldn’t he another six years. He picked up his top hat and left the stage to a standing ovation.

(As previously said, unfortunately there was no photography allowed)

Here’s Bryan’s set list from last night:

Run To You

How Do Ya Feel Tonight?

Back To You

Here I Am

I’m Ready

This Time

Do I Have To Say The Words

Lonely Nights (By Request)

Let’s Make A Night To Remember

Can’t Stop This Thing We’ve Started

When You’re Gone

Still Beautiful To Me

In The Heat Of The Night

Not Romeo Not Juliet

Everything I Do I Do It For You

Cuts Like A Knife

Cloud Number Nine

Please Forgive Me

Summer Of 69

Walk On By


Right Place

The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You

Took His Top Hat


Somebody Like You

Death Of Me? Friend In Me

Have You Really Really Loved A Woman?

No Time For Love

Straight From The Heart

Jacqui James

I'm an Australian author and music journalist from Melbourne. I've had articles and poetry published in several magazines and newspapers since finishing my Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing in 2001. In 2010 Gigs 'n Interviews was born. I launched it with my first big named interview and that was Vanessa Amorosi and then in 2012 I felt unbelievably privileged to interview Ronan Keating. I'm extremely proud of what Gigs 'n Interviews has become as it's seen as a platform for emerging artists and entertainers to be heard.

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  1. Sounds like you really enjoyed yourself!

    1. We did, thanks 😉

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