Live review

Bryan Adams 

Shubert Theater, Boston, MA

added: 9 Dec 2013 // gig date: 6 Dec 2013
reviewer: John Reed

Bryan Adams - Shubert Theater, Boston, MA - Printable version
Canadian rocker Bryan Adams made his name by pounding around the area rock circuit - staring in the 1980’s - to much success. While his earlier tours were the standard rock shows of the day, Adams career took a slightly mellow turn following the massive success of 1991’s “(Everything I Do) I Do For You” and “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?” from the flick “Don Juan Demarco.”

So, it is not surprising that Adams has not been hitting the road with a full band as of late, but has rather been more in favor of a stripped down show – so, which the name of his current jaunt has been labeled “Bare Bones” tour. While this is his latest tour, he has actually been hitting smaller venues under the "Bare Bones" banner since 2009.

The "Bare Bones" show stopped in Boston, MA on Friday December 6, 2013 at the nearly sold-out The Shubert Theater.

Adams, whose fountain of youth appearance is still amazing, downed an acoustic guitar all night and was accompanied by piano player, Gary Bright (who has played with Corey Hart in the past), treated the Beantown crowd a 24 song career spanning set.

Opening with his monstrous hit “Run To You” - Adams was in great vocal shape, as he gravely toned voice still resonated as if it was 1983 again.

Adams paced the show well and kept pulling out his classic rockers, as to not keep the slower tempo of his ballads from dominating the show (e.g. “Please Forgive Me” was followed up by the rollicking ”Summer of ‘69” and “All For Love” was quickly followed by “Somebody.”)

Not neglecting the older fans, Adams stretched back to 1981’s “Lonely Nights,” which was his first radio hit.

While the guitar heavy parts were missed on some songs – the acoustic and piano accompaniment was perfect for Adam’s ballads as the minimalistic scenario was perfect – (since he had the entire audience, who was more than will to sing along to provide backup) especially on the concert closing “Straight From The Heart”.

Since it was the holidays, an acoustic take on Adam’s “Reggae Christmas” would have been a nice touch, but, even without it, the crowd was more than satisfied.

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4 stars

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