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Review: Bryan Adams unplugged is an electrifying gig

By Andrew Johnston

Bryan Adams returned to Belfast last night, rocking even more softly than usual.

The Canadian star took to the stage with just an acoustic guitar and a harmonica for his Bare Bones appearance. But despite there being no drums, no keyboards and no overdriven amps, it was an electrifying show.

The songs stood on their inherent values – insistent melodies, strident chord progressions and choruses that get under your skin and refuse to leave for a week.

On the 30th anniversary of Adams's Reckless album, it made sense to open with its breakout single Run To You.

It was followed by stripped-down versions of the likes of It's Only Love, Can't Stop This Thing We Started and The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You. It takes some skill to get an audience on its feet for an acoustic tune, but Adams managed it with Summer of '69.

Meanwhile, tracks that were already pretty mellow – such as hit ballad (Everything I Do) I Do It for You and Heaven – seemed tailor-made for the format.

Four stars

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